For 4 long years, the rotunda in my court had stood empty, except for a few rocks and a lone, crumbling garden bench. We used to have trees in the rotunda, but they were ordered to be cut down by our Township due to safety issues. Years of wrangling between our HOA and Township officials has finally resulted in permission to replant! When the rotunda was being cleared out for the new plants, that old, sad bench came home with me!! I knew this iron framed bench had good bones and I was itching to do a little bench recycle and put it in my garden. I havewanted a bench for a long time, but with everything else, I could not justify the cost of buying a new one. So I was thrilled when this little number found its way to me.
Before I get started, I have to say what a wonderful husband I have. When I bring home my “found” treasures, he already knows that he will be doing all of the heavy lifting. He just heads to the basement for his tools and tells me he loves me. What more could a girl ask for?
This is the bench, in all it’s worn glory. It just looked so pitiful standing in the middle of the court all alone.
You can see how far gone it was. Some of the tabs that hold the screw just broke off when Matthew was trying to get the old screws out. Thank goodness for Super Glue.
It took alot of work to get the old bolts off. Matthew ended up using a hacksaw to remove them.
I purchased four 1 x 2-1/4 x 8ft boards, and had the nice people working at Lowes cut them in half. The bench originally was 48 inches long, so I cut the replacement boards the same size. I also bought new bolts, nuts and screws.
Having leftover exterior house paint, I used that to paint the boards. I love how the bench now exactly matches the stucco part of my house.
After the frame was cleaned of rust and painted a glossy black, it looks as good as new. I painted the bolts holding on the bottom slats black to match!
I recently had a tree cut down in the front as part of a landscaping project, and had a big empty spot to fill. Only the floodlight remains of where the tree was.
Now, the spot is filled with my gorgeous recycled bench!
Can you believe that this is that old bench? I am so glad I brought it home! Have you found any old treasures like this? I would love for you to share them with me!