Rachel's Trash~2~Treasures
Rachel's Trash~2~Treasures
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Gussied up Ol' Gal

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I got this bench from my grandparents when they moved a couple years ago and it's just been sitting here lookin yucky, but I'm gonna try to remedy that
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Here she is after I already started to take her apart. I started out by removing all the seat boards and hardware. Put the hardware in a bowl or something so you don't lose any
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Here's the yucky boards I removed (See? Told ya. Yucky.)
Start out by sanding the boards down.
Sand some more
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Then, after all the old stain and varnish is gone, open up your sander like this
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Dump out some of your sawdust onto something you can throw out. I used a coffee can lid
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Take your wood glue and Squirt a little onto your dish
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Using your putty knife, mix it up really well until you have a paste
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Use it to fill in the old knot holes
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Let it dry, then sand some more. Sand until everything is clean and smooth and you have removed all of the glue mixture from the surface
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Wipe everything down with a damp cloth. Let it dry
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Wipe on your stain. This was a sample i received called fern by permachink
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Stain all the pieces, let em dry
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Seal it all up with a couple of clear coats. Let it dry really well before moving on to the next step. i waited till the following morning.
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Replace the boards and install the hardware
Ta da! Here she is...
Ta da! Here she is...
Step back and admire your gussied up ol' gal! Isnt she pretty?

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General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain Green Quart
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  • Evanan
    on May 19, 2018

    Could you possibly use some of the new decking materials like Trex? Our old bench was riddled by carpenter bees and many slats pretty much fell apart.

    • Rachel's Trash~2~Treasures
      on Jun 14, 2018

      Personally, I think that stuff is trash, but lots of folks swear by it and are prepared to fight if you don't agree! In my opinion, the stuff god provided for us is 100× better than anything produced in a lab! And that applies to most things, not just lumber!

  • Julie Winborn Franks
    on May 23, 2018

    In the last picture, is that a wooden bed frame? If so, did you use any of it in this project? I acquired several King size-mismatched pieces (still in boxes), and have been looking for a use. And, I also love the stain color!

    • Rachel's Trash~2~Treasures
      on May 23, 2018

      It is parts of a kids bunk bed set. No, I didn't use any for this project. I used them for a potting bench I threw together with scrap. Glad you like the stain, it's certainly not something you see everyday 😊

  • Patricia
    on Jun 6, 2018

    Aw, beautiful! I didn't know to take the wood off and redo it. Really keeps the DIY cost lower. Glad I saw your post, thanks for sharing your project, especially the one about making the wood glue mix - very clever! Would you recommend painting the cast iron frame? Ours if unevenly faded in certain areas.

    • If you feel like painting the frame then I say go for it! Rustoleum is great for cleaning up rusty metal and if you're feeling adventurous they have sooo many colors to choose from. I gave mine a wipe down with an oil based product called dap that's used for preventing corrosion in metal stuff that is left in the elements. My bench has ivy and some people suggested painting the ivy but I prefer the metal look. Just do whatever feels right to you

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  • Thea
    on Jun 8, 2018

    Ewe! Pea green!

  • A Crafty Mix - Michelle
    on Sep 26, 2018

    Well that ol gal turned out to be a beauty in disguise  Love how she turned out and the green was a great choice for something that's going outside. She'll tone in where ever you put her. It almost looks like she's growing herself a mossy cloak

    • Rachel's Trash~2~Treasures
      on Sep 26, 2018

      Its funny you said that about the moss, thats exactly why i chose that color. At that time, My kids and i had just "harvested" a bunch of moss to go on and around our little pond. You puree it with some buttermilk, leave it outside in the shade for a couple days, then just paint it wherever you want it. We coated the concrete sphere with it. Turned out pretty cool

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