So, I am sharing a redo of an older project. I finally did something with this garden bench made from repurposed chairs.
I made this little doll bench almost 6 years ago. It was one of my very first projects. It’s been in storage ever since. As I was tidying up in the last few weeks I dug it out and decided to rework the poor little thing into a garden bench. Note: this is before I got a Kreg Jig , meaning I had to put legs inside of the “box”. (skirt)
I took the bench apart and started reworking it with the same seat and legs. I used pieces of 1x’s for the box/skirt. You can already tell it’s going to look better with the legs butted up against the box instead of resting inside the box.
You will notice I have drilled the pocket holes for the front and side pieces. For the back piece I drilled pilot holes and secured the pieces with screws and Gorilla Wood Glue. I used a clamp to hold it all together as I secured all the screws.
It’s already looking better with those legs toward the front, don’t you think? I attached the back of the box to the chairs with screws. oops! I just realized something—I secured it the same way it was when I took it apart. Now, looking at this picture I see that I should have inserted the screws through the 1x into the chair backs. That’s so funny that I build totally different than I use to. But I fell right back into the old way as I was reusing the same holes. I share this with you so you can learn from my mistakes.
Cut off Middle Legs
Do you see the back legs (center)?
I used my reciprocating saw to remove this part. You can also see the screws here that wouldn’t be visible if I had secured them from the inside out.
Paint Small Garden Bench
I dug through my stash of blue paints and found this Aubusson Blue from ASCP and took the easy way out by spraying it with my HomeRight Finish Max . Did you know you can use chalk paint in a paint sprayer?
I sprayed 2 light coats of the ASCP Aubusson Blue.
Distress Garden Bench with Emery Board
I used an emery board and some sandpaper to give it some light distressing.
When I showed the pics to some friends, they liked the white one (before) better. How about you? Do you like the older version or the new and improved blue bench better?
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.