Two years ago my parents bought us a bench for our front porch. It has provided us with a place to sit and enjoy many evenings. And as you can see from this picture, it really finishes off the front porch.
The only problem with a wooden bench is the wood ages outside. So, I got to do the manly thing and refinish it as a weekend project. It isn’t the first piece of furniture I have refinished. When I first moved into this house, I was able to refinish a hall tree I inherited.
For this project, I started on Friday by completely dismantling the bench in the garage. I separated the pieces out and got it all ready for refinishing.
Saturday, Stephanie went to opening day at Churchill Downs and I headed to Lowes. I got the things I needed and spent the rest of the day with my bench.
After sanding it all down, cleaning it off, and prepping the work space, I got started. I chose a ceader stain and waterproof combo. the change is subtle, but I am really happy with the results. I also was able to work on the iron sides and inlay. Those got a new coat of paint as well.
Here are some before and after pictures. I know they’ll be hard to tell a difference. So to really see the difference, you can come sit on the bench. I’ll even throw a cup of coffee in to sweeten the deal.