Free Garden Bench

6:00 AM

Free bench...

Using leftover futon wood from the Farmhouse Bench project, 
plus 2 oak posts I found while walking one night....
(and let me tell you they were not easy to carry back home!)

I created another bench, this time it is for the space out by the 
I started with the futon wood, it was all pretty much cut 
to the size I needed for a 6 foot bench. 
I added additional slats in between the existing ones 
to create the top and the sides,
 then cut the post legs to 15", a good size for a lower bench.

I changed the color of the raw wood by painting the whole thing with a vinegar and steel wool concoction that
I keep fermenting in the garage...

It creates a great old, aged color!

And here's the free garden bench!

And a big thanks to all my neighbors for the side-of-the-road finds,
you seem to have no idea what you are throwing out! 

Futon wood
vinegar/steel wool solution

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  1. Wonderful creation using what you have on hand. Looks great in the teen area. I really adore the aged look.

  2. Ooh, love it! The vinegar/steel wool thing is something I have to try one of these days!

  3. Love it! Everything about it - and w/ a couple of cushions & old windows in the background - perfect!

  4. I've been using the vinegar and steel wool as well! Your bench turned out SO beautifully!

  5. Looks great I love the pillows too!

  6. I love your cozy area! I'm wanting to get some gravel hauled in for my yard too.

  7. lovely, lovely blog! found you via the blog hop xo

  8. That turned out great, love the entire outdoor area. I definitely could spruce up my outdoors a bit for our teens, thanks for the inspiration :)
    I would love to invite you to join us and link up at our Friday Block Party at Curb Alert! The link is live now and throughout the weekend. Hope to see you there!
    Tami @ Curb Alert!

  9. Wow! If "you ain't somethin'"...amazing and you make your own stain too? What's the recipe for that? How did you learn to build stuff? I want to build things but haven't done anything yet. What a good way to start? Like what was your first building project? It looks so professional and the color is perfect! Very nice job and FREE!!!!! What's not to like about that!?!

  10. susan! I LOVE your free garden bench! Every garden needs a great bench!


  11. So cute!! I think I will be making one of these soon now that my garden area is coming together!! I could use a few indoors as well.

  12. What a great bench and a lovely gathering spot!

  13. I tried the vinegar and steel wool stain over at and I wanted your colour and got a reddish orange. What did I do wrong?


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