We found this old pine bench on the side of the road a number of years ago and have had it in various rooms including the cottage just for a convenient place to sit things (basically a moveable shelf).
You’ll notice it has a crack in the seat but other than that it’s in good shape. With a little protective coating I thought it might make a convenient place to sit in the garden.
Originally I thought I could just sand it and stain it.
I took the bench apart and Charlie reattached one of the small leg supports while I sanded and stained the bottom trestle with the same exterior stain as the shed.
Previously I had printed out on the computer the words “The Glade” in a large outlined font.
I scribbled with pencil on the back to create a kind of carbon paper.
Tape the letters to the bench and trace over them with a pen which will transfer the graphite to the wood as well as give a shallow indentation in the wood.
Remove the paper and paint in the logo. I used Minwax Deep Ocean stain which went on very smoothly with a small brush.
After painting on all the lettering . . .
Cover the bench seat with brown, oily stain using a rag.
Finally, I outlined the letters with black Sharpie and lightly sanded the top. Charlie prefers the letters outlined; I do not.
After the stain is fully dry cover the seat with a coat of protective polyurethane finish. (The bottom of the bench has exterior stain and needs no further protection.)
Have you started thinking about Spring? Can it come fast enough? Or are you content with winter?