Porch Bench

2 Materials
4 Days

These 2 chairs were left in our 1939 colonial when we purchased it in 2018.

Porch Bench

Look closely. Bicycle in middle, tiny flip flops on the right and sea gulls on the top left.

This is the original chairs.

I removed cane seats.

Notice the difference in the seats.

I removed the top of each seat and saved them to use as legs on a small table top also left in the house. One on left shows with and on right shows without.

Mr. helped me with the seat.

I had original shiplap left over from some of the walls we removed. I glued several pieces together. Mr. braced the bottom of the chairs with leftover wood and attached the seat using my shiplap. He marked and cut it to fit the chairs.

Wood filler and sanding.

I had originally painted these chairs a light gray using chalk paint but after Mr. braced the bottom and added my shiplap seat, I decided to paint it all white.

Second coat going on the seat.

After finishing white chalk paint and distressing a little.

Added tiny flip flops on bottom right and tiny seagulls on the top left.

I used navy blue chalk paint for the stencils.

Added the bicycle stencil to the middle of the seat.

This Porch Bench cost absolutely nothing but time. I had the chairs, shiplap and paint in the garage.

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  • Geriann Rybacki
    on May 7, 2020

    Could you show a closeup of the bracing, please? Thank you

  • Wen28786392
    on May 8, 2020

    Were the flip flops and seagulls, bicycle stencils? if so where did you get those? stinking cute bench!!!

    • Jody Price
      on May 8, 2020

      Thank you Wen!🌴 Amazon. I can look it up if you need the exact names of the stencils.

  • Harvey in Dallas
    on May 24, 2020

    How will you keep the bench safe from the outside elements such as rain, sun, etc?

    • Jody Price
      on May 24, 2020

      The bench is sitting under our big porch in our back yard. I plan to heavily cover it in poly. Thank you!🌴

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