My sweet baby girl on the bench I built
Dressing up your yard with outdoor furniture doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. In fact, you can work with existing vintage furniture, which can be re-purposed by just adding additional wood and paint.
There are dozens of DIY transformations on pinterest that show dining room chairs, or headboards and footboards, which are turned into outdoor benches. So my transformation certainly isn’t a brand new concept.
When I came across this fantastic set of dining room chairs for sale in my local area, I was first attracted to the legs. They were being used in an office, and were being replaced with newer furniture. The chairs all matched up in size and proportion, so my first thought of turning into a bench wouldn’t involve much work on my end if I just lined them up in a row, and nailed them together.
To start this project, I removed all the upholstery and padding. Upholstery rarely works outside, unless the right foam and fabric is used to weather against snow and rain. Our deck and existing patio furniture was made of wood slats, so working with that theme would tie into the existing outside decor.
The chairs were lined up and bolted together at each leg, and at the back of the chair. The holes were filled in with wood putty, and then later sanded.
I could have worked with the existing wood, and matched up the wood slats, but decided to paint it white. Our house is white, and having white painted wood furniture fit into our overall theme.
Before paint was applied, some areas were sanded. To prevent any peeling, Rustoleum’s White Flat in Oil was used as a primer before outdoor paint was applied. Just painting over top of any wood which has been sealed such as semi gloss, or gloss polyurethane, will eventually peel. The flat finish allowed the additional paint coats in white to adhere and stick properly.
Wood slats were purchased at our local hardware store, and then measured, and cut and nailed into place. Having a nail gun really can make any wood furniture project so much easier.
Finally, after additional coats of white paint was applied, a sander was used to slightly distress the seat and the back of the bench. No antiquing was added, as over time this bench’s white color will naturally dull down, allowing me to touch up any areas this spring or summer after our snow falls for the season.
The chairs cost me $40 dollars, 3 cans of spray paint were used at $9 dollars, a quart of outdoor paint at $9 dollars, and wood slats at $40 dollars. This project cost me a little over $100 more or less, and now we have a beautiful bench to sit on when we take a walk through the year.
What do you think? Love it?
See the transformation below…..