I showed you this old bench and how I began its revival here.
Bench - Front View - Before
The bench was primed.
Ready for the next step
The remaining steps were:
- buy supplies
- paint topcoat
Charcoal Metallic Spray Paint
- attach wood slats
- find a place for the bench.
I bought the paint (above) and stainless steel nuts and bolts (maybe these won’t rust) at Lowes for $18.13.
Stainless steel nuts and bolts
Lowes didn’t have wood the same width (2.25 inches) as the original slats so I didn’t buy anything, but when I returned home I realized that a traditional 1 x 3 (which is actually only 2.5 inches wide) would fit in the allotted spaces. So I went to Home Depot to get seven 4′ long 1 x 3s. They didn’t have what I wanted either so I went back to Lowes and bought four 8′ furring strips ($5.30).
New lumber with one old slat on top
I spray painted 3 to 5 light coats of Rustoleum’s Metallic Charcoal on all sides of the metal frame.
2 or 3 light coats of paint to start
One can was barely enough but I wasn’t about to buy a second can for a couple of sprays since this is fairly expensive spray paint ($6.78 per can).
After final coat of Metallic Charcoal
Then Charlie cut the slats to size.
Sawing bench slats using the wheelbarrow as a workbench
On my way home from Lowes after buying the furring strips I had the brilliant notion that these furring strips should not just be left to weather naturally. Not wanting to spend anymore money on this project, I remembered I have 2 colors of blue wood stain left over from the kitchen cabinets. I took the Minwax stain I had on hand:
- Deep Ocean (a true blue)
- Island Water (a deep teal)
- English Chestnut (dark brown)
and tested each of them on a board. I also tried layering #1 over #3 and vice versa. Here’s the tester board. While I was testing, Charlie gave each board a light sanding, then wiped them down with a dry rag.
From top to bottom 1, 2, 3.
Shockingly, we both liked #1 Deep Ocean best. (We hardly ever agree on color!)
I brushed on and wiped off with a rag 2 coats of stain on each side of each board
After marking the hole sites using an old board as a template,
I drilled holes for the bolts to go through making sure each slat would line up with the bench frame.
Drilling the bolt holes
The finish wasn’t quite right so I brushed on 2 coats of polyurethane which I had on hand.
Here’s our park bench painted, polyurethaned and assembled.
Park Bench in the morning light
Here’s the before.
Bench - Front View - Before
And here is the final bench which I plan to put in the hydrangea garden when Charlie gets it cleared out on the east side of the house.
Final Cost $23.43
I hope it lasts a good long time, another 20 years would be really nice.
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