I acquired this bench from my dad. He built it last year and left it outside sitting without any sealer on it to protect it. Needless to say, the Michigan weather reaped havoc on it and the finish looked like this:
Yucky, right? The stain was coming off in most parts, the finish was uneven, etc. We needed something for our front porch. Most of the time, we place two patio chairs on the porch, but we wanted something different and since this bench was simply going unused and wasted, I asked my dad if we could have it and if he would drop it off to our house. He did. Yay.
Obviously, I wasn't going to display it looking the way it did. So I had to revamp it. I sanded it down, restained it and added a coat of polyurethane. Luckily, the bench will be he protected from the elements sinec our front porch is covered but I still love the shine of the poly.
Here is the end result. I wasn't able to move it back on the porch until Clint got home since my preggy belly wouldn't allow it. It was one thing to drag it off by myself but for some reason I couldn't find the motivation to drag it back. Maybe it was the exhaustion from the days work? I am so happy with it. I even made a pillow for each seat.
I will soon post pics of it with the pillows and some other changes that took place on the porch.
Two best part about this one---(1) FREE! No cost for the bench and my dad brought over the stain and poly. I had the brushes. (2) We now have a comfy spot to rest our behinds and enjoy the front yard.