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What a Cinderella story!! With an Amazing Garden Bench Recycle, this hideous and broken down garden bench becomes beautiful again with a little work! The before and after photos really tell the whole story!

Amazing Garden Bench Recycle


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.

Love a Cinderella story? With an Amazing Garden Bench Recycle, this hideous and broken down garden bench becomes beautiful again with a little hard work! Click over to see the whole story!

 

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?
What a Cinderella story!! With an Amazing Garden Bench Recycle, this hideous and broken down garden bench becomes beautiful again with a little work! The before and after photos really tell the whole story!

This is the bench, in all it’s worn glory. It just looked so pitiful standing in the middle of the court all alone.

What a Cinderella story!! With an Amazing Garden Bench Recycle, this hideous and broken down garden bench becomes beautiful again with a little work! The before and after photos really tell the whole story!

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.

What a Cinderella story!! With an Amazing Garden Bench Recycle, this hideous and broken down garden bench becomes beautiful again with a little work! The before and after photos really tell the whole story!

It took alot of work to get the old bolts off. Matthew ended up using a hacksaw to remove them.

What a Cinderella story!! With an Amazing Garden Bench Recycle, this hideous and broken down garden bench becomes beautiful again with a little work! The before and after photos really tell the whole story!

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.

What a Cinderella story!! With an Amazing Garden Bench Recycle, this hideous and broken down garden bench becomes beautiful again with a little work! The before and after photos really tell the whole story!

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.

What a Cinderella story!! With an Amazing Garden Bench Recycle, this hideous and broken down garden bench becomes beautiful again with a little work! The before and after photos really tell the whole story!

 

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!

What a Cinderella story!! With an Amazing Garden Bench Recycle, this hideous and broken down garden bench becomes beautiful again with a little work! The before and after photos really tell the whole story!

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.

What a Cinderella story!! With an Amazing Garden Bench Recycle, this hideous and broken down garden bench becomes beautiful again with a little work! The before and after photos really tell the whole story!

Now, the spot is filled with my gorgeous recycled bench!

What a Cinderella story!! With an Amazing Garden Bench Recycle, this hideous and broken down garden bench becomes beautiful again with a little work! The before and after photos really tell the whole story!

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!

Love a Cinderella story? With an Amazing Garden Bench Recycle, this hideous and broken down garden bench becomes beautiful again with a little hard work! Click over to see the whole story!
Till next time – Christine
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18 Comments

  1. Hi Girls, I will be there tonight!! Have a great day! Hugs- Christine

  2. Beautiful! I get so excited each week to see what you have been working on because it’s always AMAZING! Thank you for sharing this with us. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we can party!!!! Lou Lou Girls

  3. Hi Cindy, thank you so much! Have a great week!! Hugs- Christine

  4. Turned out beautifully!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

  5. Hello Audra, thanks for stopping by! I am so glad I could offer the little bench some TLC…and now I have something pretty and practical:) Have a wonderful day Audra! Hugs-Christine

  6. Wow! I would have walked right by that pitiful bench. You made it look amazing! Great rescue!

  7. Hello Pat, thank you so much for the lovely comments! I am happy to hear that you get so much use out of your benches! Being a first timer, I wasn’t sure if anyone really sat on these and used them:) I just mentioned to Matthew that we need to be on the “lookout” for a second one so I can try your L-shape idea!! Have a wonderful day Pat:) Hugs-Christine

  8. Thank you so much Connie, I appreciate your visit! I keep gazing at this little bench thru my office window and I can’t believe the difference! Have a wonderful day!

  9. You did a great job bringing it back to life, it looks perfect there!

  10. Christine,
    I adore your recycled park bench, dear one!!!
    Your husband did an amazing job on giving it new life!!!
    I l o v e the soft green color you chose to paint the boards!!!
    Here on the Prairie, “Mr.Ed” and I have two park benches.
    Over the past 20+ years, we’ve replaced the boards twice!!!
    I l o v e how comfortable these benches are!!!
    Previously, our benches sat in an L~shaped seating grouping
    in the Herb Garden. However, this year, we’ve placed them
    across from one another and brought them up on the deck!!!
    Now these park benches will provide hours of comfort!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

  11. Hi Stephanie, thank you so much! This little area is now my “front porch”, since my house does not have an actual one. I hope you have a wonderful week!

  12. Hi Carole, thank you for visiting! I appreciate the nice comments:) Have a great day – Christine

  13. This fix up looks great and I like the color choice. Clean and crisp.

    Carole

  14. Wow, what a fabulous and beautiful transformation, Christine. I am sure many summer days and evenings will be spent out on your new lovely bench 🙂

    Thank you so much for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. May you have a wonderful day! Hugs!

  15. Hi Christine, thank you so much! I popped over to your party and shared:) Have a super day! Hugs-Christine

  16. Hi Matthew, thank you so much for visiting! Have a wonderful day:)

  17. That looks very nice & inviting

  18. It looks wonderful! This deserves to be shared, if you have time the link party is going on. Would love to have you join us 🙂

    XO,
    Christine
    http://www.rustic-refined.com

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