I am so grateful for the many friends, neighbors and acquaintances that I have met over the years (especially the last year or so). They have given me so much and have allowed me to utilize my creativity in ways I never thought possible.
Speaking of which… I was given this amazing wood slatted bench. The person who gave it to me told me they were “just going to take the chainsaw to it and make firewood”. Luckily for me, they thought of me before they cranked up the saw. He had built it himself years ago and I think the work is sturdy, long-lasting and elegantly simple. Although, I can see why he had lost his interest in it…
At first, I thought I was going to have to pull out my trusty palm-sander, but not so.
I filled a bucket full of hot water and Murphy’s Wood Soap and began to scrub the entire bench with a stiff bristle brush. Murphy’s Wood Soap is a fantastic product. I use it on my hardwood floors to keep them nourished, clean and looking like new! You can also use it on furniture and just about any wood surface to revitalize and protect.
The results were amazing…after scrubbing
I decided to apply one coat of Behr Waterproofing Wood Stain (the same one I used on the deck), to deepen the natural color and add longevity no matter where I decided to put it (either outside or in).
And voila! A beautiful refinished bench!
Here’s a BEFORE and AFTER:
Now I’m inspired to make a special place for this bench… stay tuned 🙂