Introduction: Restoring a Garden Bench
I recently found an old an old rotten out patio/ garden bench thrown out from somebody's home and i decided to pick it up and try to restore it, the reason i did so was that , it had a flower design unlike most patio benches i have seen. I will describe as much as i can how i restored this bench in the next steps
Step 1: Disassemby and Inspection
Dis-assembly is very easy most of the nuts holding the bolt for the bench were 10mm nuts. And the rest in the back were Phillips head screws. Arrange all the pieces neatly so that all pieces are accounted for.
At this point i checked the nuts and bolts and determined which ones are usable and which ones need replacing, and as to the wood itself I pretty much decided to replace all the wood. Because it was cracked and rotten out.
Step 2: Preparing the New Wood
The new plywood need to be cut at the same length as the old wood. And align and drill the hole for the bolts. And sand off the edges to have a rounded edge, with a 60 , 100 and 150 grit sandpaper.
And for one of the back panel wood which has a curved shape, use a slightly broader plywood to cut out the shape with a hand held router.
Then stain the wood with your desired type of wood finish.
At this point let the wood dry and repeat the staining application if desired.
Step 3: Prepare the Frame
For the whole frame. Sand and clean the frame to take off any debris and spray with black rustoleum paint.
then for the raised edges with a brush , apply a white paint.
For the back flower pattern apply red for the roses and green for the branches and leaves with a brush of course.
then for the heightened places on the rose and leaves and branches apply a lighter shade of the green or red.
Step 4: Putting It All Together
Screw all the bolts and nuts together and there you have it.