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Garden Bench – Drab to Fab

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By Kelley Redmon

I have a beautiful view of the Marina from my front deck in Morro Bay… the problem is I have no seating when I want to relax and watch the sunset! I have been hunting for a bench for the deck for a while now, but sadly I am too cheap to invest a significant amount of money for a nice new one. While wandering around the antique store the other day I found a bench that was rusted, and none of the boards were to actually stable enough to sit on… but it was only $25! After looking at different patio furniture materials, I decided to get the bench and revamp it. With the enlisted help of my wonderful boyfriend we set to work to make this piece drab to fab!

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Our bench from the beginning (after I washed the cobwebs off).

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Many of the screws were gone or rusted so the boards were falling down and uneven.

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We started by taking the whole bench apart and using the current wood slab as a size guide (and then firewood). I used this handy tool to sand off all the rust from the iron, as well at sand the rust of any of the bolts that were salvageable.

A quick trip to the hardware store produced wood for the slabs, wood stain, paint, and some new bolts. After looking on https://deckstainpro.com/best-wood-fence-stain/, we bought the best wood stain since we knew this would be a vital part of the garden bench.

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Then the man of the house set to cutting all the wood to the right size.

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And sanding to be nice and smooth (no one likes splinters when they sit down).

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Then I stained the wood to a reddish finish to go along with the red paint I decided on for the iron sides.

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Finished Product! And nice and comfy too!

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