Gussied up Ol' Gal

Rachel's Trash~2~Treasures
by Rachel's Trash~2~Treasures
4 Materials
1 Day
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
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
Here's the yucky boards I removed (See? Told ya. Yucky.)
Start out by sanding the boards down.
Sand some more
Then, after all the old stain and varnish is gone, open up your sander like this
Dump out some of your sawdust onto something you can throw out. I used a coffee can lid
Take your wood glue and Squirt a little onto your dish
Using your putty knife, mix it up really well until you have a paste
Use it to fill in the old knot holes
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
Wipe everything down with a damp cloth. Let it dry
Wipe on your stain. This was a sample i received called fern by permachink
Stain all the pieces, let em dry
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.
Replace the boards and install the hardware
Ta da! Here she is...
Step back and admire your gussied up ol' gal! Isnt she pretty?
Resources for this project:
General Finishes Water Based Dye Stain Green Quart
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  • Evanan 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.

  • Julie Winborn Franks 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!

  • Patricia Patricia on Jun 06, 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.

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  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie 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

    • 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

  • Everything Pretty Everything Pretty on Sep 18, 2020

    Great job!