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Vintage Metal Bench Restored

Vintage Metal Bench Restored

Mom’s metal bench was a fixture at my grandmother’s house for as long as I can remember. It was eventually turned into a swing, after someone had drilled holes into the armrests to run the chain through.

I was asked by Mom if there was anything that could be done with it.  Well, thankfully, I had already done some metal furniture which also came from my grandmother’s house, so I knew what had to be done. Here is what we started with. You can see the holes in the arm rest in the last one. Vintage metal bench beforeBack of metal benchArm rest of bench

I took the bench to my local headstone/monument place, which also does sandblasting.  They are the same people I used for the patio furniture I inherited. It took them about an hour to sandblast the bench because of the curled pieces on the seat. The sandblaster did mention just putting a clear coat over it and saying it was shabby chic, which I thought was funny. It was more on the shabby part, than the chic part.  Sandblasted metal bench

After I picked it up, the bench got its first coat of Rustoleum’s Clean Metal Primer.  It was November, so I was spraying that in my garage.  I wouldn’t recommend it, since I now have a fine layer of white dust all over everything. I put two coats on the surface.Primer on Bench

I also tried to figure out what I was going to do with the holes in the arm rests.  I have no experience in metal work, welding, or bonding agents, so I took the easy way out.  I just bought washers that were big enough to cover the holes, and fastened them with a bolt and nut.Nut and bolt to cover holes

After I figured that out, and got the arm rests primered, I got to finally see the first coat of color as I was spraying the bench.  The rest of Mom’s patio furniture is black, so we thought we would stick with that color. I used Rustoleum’s Black.First coat of Black paintBlack paint on back of bench

Once the bench was painted completely, and dry, I used Rustoleum’s Clear Enamel in satin to give it a nice clear coat.  Hopefully that will protect it from some of the elements outside. In this picture, you can see the clear enamel newly sprayed on the right side.  Also this picture provides a view of how pitted the metal was from the rust. Clear coat enamel going on metal bench

I couldn’t just have a black bench, so I decided to give her some lipstick.  I painted the arm rests Colonial Red, and loved how they turned out. I also painted some additional washers to go under the bolt that holds them on to the bench, so hopefully it will make the others look like they were there intentionally:) red arm rests

And here she is all put back together.  She turned out so pretty!Finished benchFinished metal arm rests

Now, because it was spitting ice pellets with a 30 mph north wind when we took it back to Mom’s, I don’t have a true finished picture.  That will have to wait till spring.

However, in the meantime, we couldn’t figure out why it sat so low to the ground, with the top of the seat at 13″.  I did some research, and it looks like it might have once been a glider, like in the below picture that I found on the internet. Some other metal BenchThat would actually make sense, since there are two perfectly drilled holes on each side, and why it was made into a swing later. I have some ideas to add some height but it will have to be in the spring.  I’ll edit this post to add new pictures.

For now, here’s a before and after.  A shocking change, if I do say so myself. Before and After

Edited to add:

This is what we finally ended up doing to get the bench up to a height that was perfect for the bench to be used. Basically, we bought some concrete blocks with holes, some treated lumber, and some u-shaped clips. We just slipped the lumber through the concrete blocks, and attached the clips to the back leg.  This made the bench usable again.

We also bought some extra concrete blocks, which we used to create side tables.  We ended up turning those around to give them a flat surface for people to put drinks, but after this picture was taken. 20160514_132159a

Thanks for looking!


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Colonial Red Pallet Table

Colonial Red Pallet Table

Way back in September, our friend Jimmy gave me a pallet they had hanging out at their house.  (Thanks Jimmy!) That was in September. Then winter came, a REALLY long winter.  We just got hopefully our last round of snow on April 22.  That is record-setting for us. Anyway, I guess I am saying I just got able to paint outside last weekend for the first time in a long time, so I knew my first project would be this pallet table. I have seen crazy amount of ideas to do with pallets on Pinterest, and I knew I wanted another table to go on my screened in porch, for right in front of my vintage theatre seats. They are long, so a long table works nicely.

I started out with just a regular pallet.Red Pallet Table 01

I had Double D get out his new reciprocating saw and remove the middle board, along with the portions of the bottom boards so that we were left with two nice rectangles. However, now the two pieces had a large hole in the middle, so I bought a 1×4 to cut down and put in the holes. Red Pallet Table 02

I took some time and sanded the two pieces around the edges, just to get all the jagged splinters off from where we cut.

Instead of using spray primer, I bought a quart of roll-on Valspar primer. I knew that since this was rough wood it might soak up the spray primer and would cost a ton of money.  I am so glad I did the roll on primer because it did soak into the wood and took at least two coats to cover well, more in areas where the wood was really rough. I used a sponge roller to apply it. It did take more time than spraying, but was less money in the long run.Red Pallet Table 03

I let that dry overnight.  The next step was painting it with Rustoleum’s Colonial Red spray paint. Out of all the paint I have used, I think I like Rustoleum best.  The paint just seems to spray better, and seems thicker too. The Colonial Red is the same color I used for the other two tables I have on the screened in porch, and seemed to fit the theme. Red Pallet Table 04

Once that was dry, Double D flipped the top piece over on its front, and screwed galvanized flanges into each corner on the two bottom wood strips.  We then screwed the posts into each flange, and then screwed the other flanges to the posts. Red Pallet Table 05

We turned the top piece back over, and set that down on the bottom piece while lining them both up.  That was a bit tricky since neither piece was exactly the same, but eventually it looked right. Double D then screwed the flanges down to the top of the bottom piece.

The next step was attaching the wheels.  I got ones that both swiveled and locked, just in case I had to move it at some point. They worked great!Red Pallet Table 06

And here is the completed pallet table.  You’ll have to excuse the condition of the porch.  That is on our list to clean this weekend, since I hope it will warm up, and not snow anymore.  (Remind me of this when it is 114 degrees this summer:)Red Pallet Table 07

Anyway, I really like how she turned out.  Definitely rustic, but I like the look, especially for the back porch:) One more view…Red Pallet Table 08



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A Vintage Beverage Cart, Sans the Wheels

A Vintage Beverage Cart, Sans the Wheels

I know, two posts in two days.  It’s a record.  However, I have been on a painting kick lately.  I think that is really odd since the weather has remained at 100 degrees for the past three weeks, but I guess I am on a roll to get the screened in porch all prettified.

I snagged this little beauty from my aunt’s awesome pile of rust, and am really pleased how it turned out.  It originally had three wheels attached, and the fourth one came with it, just not on it.  I could have probably tried to get the wheel on somehow, but it was mangled and couldn’t spin.  Instead, Double D and I came up with the plan of hack sawing the other three wheels off.  It did hurt my heart a little, but I wasn’t planning on rolling it around the porch at all, and I was worried the bad wheel would snap off under any kind of weight.  I, unfortunately, don’t own a welder. Also, I don’t have any pictures of the wheels being on the cart.

Here she is after we had taken the wheels off.  I cleaned her off and sanded the top lightly.Before the primer

Because it was rusted on the top, I used Rustoleum’s spray primer specifically for  rusty metal.  I don’t think the rust was all that bad, but I did want to protect it a little, especially since it is going to be outside. The color of the primer was a rust color, which I thought was interesting. Rusty metal primer

Then she got a few coats of my favorite color, Rustoleum’s Colonial Red.  Yummy.  First on the top side:Colonial Red top coat

Then on the bottom side:Colonial Red Bottom side

And here she is on the porch.  You will have to excuse the folding chairs.  Double D and I are planning on building two benches to put in the corner, right where the chairs are. Well, I am planning, Double D is hoping I will change my mind:)  This will be the table for that grouping. Colonial Red finished

Anyway, thanks for looking at my vintage table, and thanks Aunt Di for letting me go through your pile:)


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