Bench Restoration




About: I have a youtube channel and a Etsy shop I sell the things i make i also do craft shows and stuff like that. i am documenting my journey to help people do it yourself so steal my ideas and make some money!!

I hate seeing things being thrown away when you can easily restore it. I found this gem on the side of trash cans on garbage day. I stopped and picked it up and started the journey.

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Step 1: Tools and Material


new wood of your choice I choose oak for the strength and look.
New hardware. nuts and bolts

Step 2: Disassemble

Take it apart throw away the nuts and bolts. Hold on to the wood slats for reference. Some of the old bolts gave me some trouble but it was no problem for the hacksaw from

Step 3: Cut New Wood

Cut new wood for the slats I used Oak. i just took the measurements from the old wood and cut the oak to width

Step 4: Round Edges

I used my router table with a 3/8 round over bit then cut the wood down to size using the old wood as a guide.

Step 5: Clean the Rust Off

I used a wire brush to get the rust off the metal sides

Step 6: Paint

i used the Professional Furniture Paint Spray Gun Airbrush Sprayer Alloy Painting Atomizer Tool with 400ML Hopper to spray the white paint and also used it for the wood slats.

Step 7: Drill New Holes

I made it simple and used the old wood as a jig to drill all the holes

Step 8: Assemble and Enjoy

Hope you enjoyed the process as much as I did special thanks to Gearbest for the great tools.

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8 Discussions


1 year ago


I’m trying repaint a bench similar to the one above. The only difference is I’m going to paint the slats into an American flag. This is my first attempt at any wood working project. So, my question is: 1: how far should I strip the old paint? 2: or should I just replace the wood slats.


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Reply 1 year ago

I think it depends on how much time and money you want to spend I choose to get new wood. but if the wood is in decent shape sand it until its smooth and put some exterior paint on it! thanks for the intrest in this project


1 year ago

I recently got one of these benches for FREE. The neighbor was going to throw it out. I could see the seat slats were old and bowed, but the back was straight (mostly because it has a metal insert and short vertical slats.) I asked him 'why doesn't he restore it, instead?' So he said 'do you want to?' and I said enthusiastically, 'Sure! Thank you!'
Your instructable will come in handy. Thanks for sharing it.

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Reply 1 year ago

it was a great find was going to restore it and sell it but the wife said we are keeping it!

Kink Jarfold

1 year ago on Step 8

Another wonderful instructable. Nice fix. I, too, hate to see fixable things go to waste.


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