A homeowner took apart an old bench for the best reason! See how she got the gorgeous front yard we all want:

The house I inherited from my mother had this sad old park bench that was left behind by a former tenant of hers. Aside from the rusting on the frame, I knew it could be beautiful again.

Time: 1-2 Weeks Cost: $50 Difficulty: Medium

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Getting ready to dismantle.

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Boards were all disintegrating.

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Iron frame was chipping & rusty.

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12 boards @ .75″ x 1.5″ x 48″

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He had used one of the old boards that was still intact enough to use as a pattern to mark holes on both ends of all the boards, then he made a recess for the bolt to nestle into.

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My husband sanded all the boards down & sanded 2 corner edges of each board to kind of round them off for better sitting comfort.

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Note the rounded edges.

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He gave all the boards 2 coats of the red spray paint (we used Cabernet color), then once they were well dried, gave them all a coat of clear coat.

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He spray-painted the heads of the bolts to match the cast iron frame by poking them through a piece of cardboard.

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He used a steel bristle sanding attachment for the drill to clean the rust & chipped paint off. In some areas, he used naval jelly on the rust.

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Putting it all together.

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It’s all done.

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It has found its new home in our front yard.