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?