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Trash to Treasure

  • February 14, 2015


As I was taking my daughter to the store one day, I noticed a neighbor was throwing away an old bench that was rusted and the wood was dry rotted. I stop and walked up and knocked on the door. I asked if she was throwing it away and if I could have it. She said It is yours. We loaded it in the truck and dropped it off at the house. After taking measurements of the wood slats and figuring out how many I would need, we headed off to the store. First to let my daughter spend her Bday money and then to Home Depot to gather the wood, paint and stain. I started by disassembling the bench and throwing away the old wood. I then used my grinder with sand paper to rid it of rust and shine up the metal back and legs. Next I cut the wood with my Ryobi miter saw. I sanded down the pieces to make them smooth and drilled the holes for the bolts. I then stained the wood slats a darker color and sprayed a protective coat on them. Next my stepdaughter and I spray painted the metal back and legs. After drying, we put it all together to test and it looked amazing.

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Trash to Treasure

by stephenradford
Feb 14, 2015

As I was taking my daughter to the store one day, I noticed a neighbor was throwing away an old bench that was rusted and the wood was dry rotted. I stop and walked up and knocked on the door. I asked if she was throwing it away and if I could have it. She said It is yours. We loaded it in the truck and dropped it off at the house. After taking measurements of the wood slats and figuring out how many I would need, we headed off to the store. First to let my daughter spend her Bday money and then to Home Depot to gather the wood, paint and stain. I started by disassembling the bench and throwing away the old wood. I then used my grinder with sand paper to rid it of rust and shine up the metal back and legs. Next I cut the wood with my Ryobi miter saw. I sanded down the pieces to make them smooth and drilled the holes for the bolts. I then stained the wood slats a darker color and sprayed a protective coat on them. Next my stepdaughter and I spray painted the metal back and legs. After drying, we put it all together to test and it looked amazing.