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My Trash to Treasure Garden Bench

Garden Bench/Weight bench redo ~ less than $15.00 ~ trash to treasure 

Years ago I worked out with weights {when I say years I means y-e-a-r-s}.  I loved it but soon there was no time in my life for that so I gave away all of the weights and kept the bench ~ I’m a semi-hoarder.  I covered the weight bench with a red gingham fabric and wrapped the legs in a country cow fabric ~ stick with me here….country was all the rage at the time.  I put the bench in my sunroom and left it there….winter, spring, summer and fall {the metal rusted and it had seen better days}.  This year I finally redid the flow of my sunroom {I think I promised you pictures….someday I will take them and post them} and there was no longer room for the bench.  I almost put it out for the trash which doesn’t really mean it would go into the trash ~ we have people who come through the neighborhood the night before garbage pick up and take items that are usable…okay…so now I’m off topic.  Anyway, I almost got rid of it but decided to give it a redo.

I bought some Krylon Indoor/Outdoor Satin Island Splash ~ love the blue ~ and bought one yard of outdoor fabric at Joann Fabrics.

I removed the fabric from the legs of the bench, wiped them off and lightly sanded the metal to remove some of the rust.

I removed the padded bench top and took off the gingham fabric.

Once everything was apart and wiped off I spray painted the frame and covered the padded area with the outdoor fabric.  I used a staple gun to get a nice snug fit.

The bench turned out better than I hoped and has held up through SEVERAL rains and run ins with bird droppings ~ I just hose it off every time one of my feathered friends decides to ‘use’ it.

The hardest part is deciding where to put it……..

I had it out by the firepit amongst tree trunks and planters…..

I moved it over by my little guy when he was having some fun with a sprinkler toy…….

I put it up front by my flowerbeds……..

and when my husband was mowing I moved it onto the front porch…….

I have no idea where it will end up next!  It’s pretty enough to bring indoors over the autumn and winter and is handy for extra seating anywhere.

Linking to:  504 Main, Chic on a Shoestring, One Project Closer, Tatertots & Jello, Best of the Weekend, The Dedicated House, Sewlicious Home Decor, The Chicken Chick, Uncommon Designs Online ~ Monday FundayThe DIY Showoff, Homecoming The DIY’ers, Huckleberry Love,BeBetsy , The DIY Dreamer, Home{work} Wednesday, Carolyn’s Homework, Not Just a Housewife


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