Can you believe that we found this on the side of the road for free?? The wood was definitely warped and needed to be replaced but the cast iron frame was in perfect condition!
To start, we dismantled the bench making sure to save all of the nuts and bolts for the new wood pieces. Some of the bolts were a bit rusted so I brought one with me to the hardware store to find the exact size as a replacement.
Once we had the bench taken apart, I made my measurements based on the existing pieces and picked up 4 pieces of 1x3x8 strapping.
The boards were 4 feet long so I just cut each board in half and used the last board to make the smaller pieces.
Since the bench would again be exposed to the elements, I used an exterior white paint to protect the wood.
To drill the new holes for the bench we simply placed the old wood over the new wood and used a sharpie to mark the holes.
I then laid out the cast iron frame onto a drop sheet and painted each side with my go to emerald green spray paint.
We let the paint dry for about a half hour and then put it all back together the same way we took it apart!
We only spent about $20 to makeover this bench but most importantly we saved it from inevitably ending up at the dump!