DIY Patio bench facelift

About a year ago, we inherited a used park bench from some of our family members and though we had good intentions, we ended up sticking the bench in the yard and then neglecting it.  As the months wore on, the bench became somewhat of an eyesore.  The wood began to fade and peel and imperfections became more visible.  After debating what look we wanted for what seemed like months, we finally settled on painting the entire bench a fresh crisp white.  I was initially considering using a combination of really bright colors but we decided that white would go best with the exterior of our home and would match nicely with any type of flowers or greenery we plant in the future since the yard itself is still a work in progress.

Here is a list of the supplies we used for this project:
– drop cloth (the dollar store is a great place to stock up on actual plastic drop cloths or plastic tablecloths that can be used for smaller projects)
– Rustoleum spray paint in white
– Behr white exterior paint with primer (left over from re-painting our outdoor patio cover)
– polyurethane in semi-gloss
– paint brushes
– wire brush

We started off by giving the bench a thorough cleaning with a wire brush to get rid of cobwebs, dirt, and as much of the peeled off wood as possible.  Then we sanded it and sprayed it off with a powerful stream of water from the garden hose.  After toweling the entire bench off to get rid of any lingering dust and grime, we sanded again and then got to work painting.  We used two coats of Behr paint on the wooden part of the bench and then used the white spray paint on all the metal parts.  After letting it dry, we applied two coats of polyurethane which added a pretty subtle sheen.


Since we already had the Behr paint on hand, this project only ended up costing about $30 and we could not be happier with the way it turned out.  It looks like a completely different bench and we no longer have to feel horrible about how we’ve neglected the bench all winter!  For now, we have the bench hanging out in the front of the house which is a great place to sit and soak up some of the lingering rays of sun in the evening.


If anyone else has given their patio benches a facelift, we would love to see pictures!



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