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Freakin’ FINALLY!  That’s all I can really say, cause typically when I start a project…(and I love to work on projects), I don’t let it get away from me.  However, with this Texas heat…good Lord!  I’m talking it’s been in the 100’s and it’s so uncomfortable!  But I promised my neighbor that I would restore an old, and very dilapidated wooden bench for her.  I finished it in time for her to haul it and use it in her new elementary school, where she will be the new librarian! The Bench Makeover was a fun project. Giving an old piece, new life!
Bench makeover-pin
My neighbor knew that I loved doing woodwork and restoring wood pieces and came over one night and asked if I minded taking a look at an old bench she’d had for many years.  Her words, “if you think it’s trash then don’t worry about doing anything”.  I like challenges but this certainly wasn’t ready for the trash or a bonfire.  A few new slats and some coats of paint and she would be a beauty once again.
Here are the – BEFORE’S
Bench makeover-before
The bench had some warped, some broken, and some ruined pieces on the seat part that I had to remove and replace with new wood.
Bench makeover-before-1
Here are some of the products I used to get this bench back to a beautiful and long-lasting finish!

Lots of sanding, priming
Bench makeover-primer
and several coats of paint later…

Bench makeover

This is her – AFTER!

Bench makeover-after
Bench makeover-after-1
Bench makeover-after-2
The wood was extremely weathered, I replaced a few boards, primed it and it took exactly six coats of paint.  I know that was due partly to the weathering on the wood.  But I can bet my life, that the heat had lots to do with it as well!  Erin wanted it a navy blue to match the school colors, and it is, but due to my camera flash it looks more of an ocean blue than navy.  Either way, she certainly looks fab with her little makeover and it’s going to go perfectly with her theme!
ps~ Erin enjoy her- she still has lots of sitting time to give!

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