Hey there, Mea here!
For one of my earlier projects, I decided to take on the task of revamping a park bench that I have been eyeing for quite a while now. My mother has had this park bench sitting on her porch for ages and I have been trying to get that thing out of her hand for ages! Believe me, I have been trying everything, sweet talking, doing extra errands, and even attempting the puppy dog look (I know… yes it was worth going there). Finally, after seeing the projects that I have done so far, the day has come when she finally decided to give it to me with the agreement that I would revamp her classic cabinet for an exchange (little did she know, I was eyeballing that as my next project as well :-)). Any who, so I finally got the bench and I must say I felt pretty refreshed.
So as you can tell in the picture, the bench is pretty worn down and the metal is starting to rust, however it is still a beautiful piece. This little bench has so much potential and I am gonna let it shine. Considering that there was no major damage even after its been out in the elements, all I had to do was just even it out, clean it up, and give it a fresh coat of paint. So before I get this party started, allow me to breakdown some of the items that I used to get this project done.
To make sure that I give it a beautiful finish, I used the following items;
- Paint and Primer (Exterior)
- Orbital Sander
- Paint Brushes
- Murphy’s Oil Soap (Optional)
- Safety Gear (Gloves, glasses, etc)
- Rustoleum Can Spray (Black – Semi Gloss)
So the first thing that I had to do was break the bench down so that I could work with all of the pieces separately. Since the bench was a little loose to start due to a missing screw, it became a little easier to get things going. Note, make sure that you put all of your screws in a small cup so that you won’t loose them.
After breaking everything down I decided to start painting the dark parts if the bench first considering that the spray paint carries the strongest smell.
While that was drying (I let it dry for the rest of the day), I started to work on standing the wood pieces in order to remove any old paint or wood chips that was there previously. (As you can tell I decided to switch up my sander to more of a square shape. It just seemed to work better on the wood.)
The next day, after the sanding was complete and the railings were dry, I decided to go ahead and paint my wood pieces. The color I choose to go with the black was a “Pumpkin Patch” Orange exterior paint that I purchased from Home Depot (I guess I was in the Halloween spirit :-)). Note, once you paint one side, make sure you either stand the items up or allow the painted side to completely dry and if your dealing with plastic tarps, change the sheep. Otherwise, you will have some of the older paint stick to the new coat as it dries.
After everything was complete, I put everything back together, placed it on my porch, and gave it a nice coat of poly to make sure that it can hold up to the elements! Even though it is still holding up wonderfully, I am definitely going to place a tarp over it as fall and winter approaches as an extra layer of protection. A simple revamp makes a world of a difference!
Well now that you have seen this beauty, what do you think? Thanks for tuning in and Happy Revamping!