Asked on Dec 21, 2015

Coca Cola wooden bench project

Susan Browne
by Susan Browne
I am going to try to restore this bench and am trying to decide between painting the slats or staining the wood. I also don't know if I should try to repaint the "Coca Cola" logo or leave it slightly weathered. Any advice? There is also a slat missing in the back which I need to replace.
  8 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Dec 21, 2015
    This piece is truly amazing and unique. Personally I would stain the bench but leave the vintage look on the sign.
  • Cheryl Cheryl on Dec 21, 2015
    I also would just stain the bench and leave the coca cola sign as is. If painted, it would take away the value. I love the piece. My dad, who passed away 2 years ago, worked for Coca Cola for years!
  • Susan Browne Susan Browne on Dec 21, 2015
    Thanks. I was thinking of painting the wood, but staining it sounds better.
  • The Redesign Habit The Redesign Habit on Dec 21, 2015
    I would gently redo the wood and leave the logo weathered. You can gently sand it to remove really rough spots and then slightly stain the wood and leave it looking kind of weathered too and then seal it really well with a clear finish. This will protect the wood and protect you from splinters, etc. but still keep the integrity of the piece. Its age is kind of what gives it so much personality. I am jealous...this is such a beautiful piece!
  • MN Mom MN Mom on Dec 21, 2015
    I'm with Cheryl, stain the bench and enjoy the weathered signage. Very cool piece!
  • Nancy Nancy on Dec 24, 2015
    This bench could look fabulous if the wood is gently refinished. Do not attempt to clean, paint or restore the Coca Cola sign. I sometimes use a bit of Vaseline on an old sign to gently clean it. Do not stain the bench too dark. Many Coca Cola collectors would love to own this bench. Go easy on the sanding. Hand sanding only, a power sander would probably take too much of the wood off. Can't really tell if it is a soft or hard wood. Test your stain underneath before attempting to cover the entire bench. Be patient and you will own a great piece. Try to find out what type of wood it is made of and match your replacement slat to it.
    • Beth Beth on Jun 28, 2018

      I have a Coca-Cola Park Bench that was left outside in our field. It had been left by one of the previous owners many yrs. ago it was buried in weeds! The home was built in the 1900’s. I’m wondering how old it is? Also, the wood is in tact on the bench but very weathered with black mold on wood parts. I know enough about value in older things. However, I do not want to do to much of anything to the fountain signs in back and sides on the bench. My questions are, how to go about cleaning the wood parts "bleach"? and lightly hand sand? The cast iron frame and sides/legs,im at a loss how to not ruin it without loosing its value? Any comments would be appreciated!

      I’m interested in selling it�will post eventually, will post pictures when I clean it up, any idea on the age and approximate price they go for??

  • Mark Mark on Jun 09, 2018

    We have two one we had redone and the other we left as is.

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  • Rick Pyle Rick Pyle on Jul 08, 2018

    Does anyone know we're I can buy a wood kit for one to restore

    • Frank Frank on Dec 03, 2019

      It must be oak, its hard and last a long time. I just bought oak at Lowes and ripped it to approx size. They must have been built overseas because the hardware is metric and the width is 47-18'' instead of 48''