Have old chairs laying around? Scrap or reclaimed wood? Make this farmhouse bench.
I have a friend who works in town at a local insurance office. The office is a couple doors down from a local Chinese restaurant. On her way out one day through their back door, she noticed two wood chairs that the restaurant had placed by the dumpster. She immediately sent me a picture of the chairs and asked if there was anything I could do with them. I was like, um, YEA! Wasn’t that sweet? It’s great to live in a small town. Everybody knows I repurpose furniture so I end up with many FREE pieces!
My husband, being a kind-hearted old sole, moseyed to town and picked them up for me. He loves to do that. Haul furniture, back and forth, and here and there. I am very blessed!
The chairs were black and shabby looking. Some of the paint was wearing off and chipped. However, they were very sturdy. This is what they looked like. A plus was that they were all wood, yay!
The Hubs and I had just recently helped a neighbor demolish her old barn. In return, we were able to salvage some of the gorgeous barn wood! Look at all the old weathered goodness 😊
We had a bit of this reclaimed wood left, and I thought the wood plus the chairs would make a great combination for a bench. I gave the wood a good scrubbing with soap and water and let it dry out for about 2 weeks. I did not want to sand the wood because you would lose the original weathered finish. Since I decided to keep the wood in its original, rough state, I knew the bench would not be a good place for anyone to set their tush on because of the rawness of the wood. So I decided it would be a complement piece for my small entry way.
I gave the chairs a good washing with my TSP. Afterwards, I lightly sanded each chair, just to rough up the surface. I used my tack cloth to remove any dust particles and gave each chair one coat of chalk paint in White by Waverly Inspirations.
The existing black paint was peeking through after one coat, but I liked it because I wanted a more rustic, worn look to coordinate with the reclaimed wood.
I then distressed the chairs with 120 grit sandpaper, heavily.
After my chairs completely dried, I gave them one coat of Waverly White Wax to seal and give them a durable finish.
We placed screws in each leg at the top to hold the two chairs together. We then attached three pieces of the reclaimed barn wood to the top, all the same length, with his nail gun. And that was it! How easy was that! Here is the finished bench.
I always try to see potential in furniture that is considered junk by someone else. With a creative mind and a bit of elbow grease, you can make a unique and functional piece that will be talked about for years to come! Remember, Rescue, Redo, Relove!