We have had a set of 6 dining room chairs sitting in our shed for ages. A little thought popped into my head after my blogging pals and I set a Patio/Outdoor Project for this months Inspired Makers Challenge. After our recent front porch makeover, the back patio has been screaming for some attention too! We recently threw out our old outdoor setting chairs because of our cheeky dog Matilda, who thinks she is a human and LOVED to sit on them. Let me explain, she is a labrador cross greyhound so she is not a tiny dog. In climbing her way onto the chairs she ripped all of the covering’s and they became unsalvageable. Hence my next project on how to make a Farmhouse Garden Bench from Old Chairs.
How to make a Farmhouse Garden Bench from Old Chairs
- 6 old chairs
- Tongue and Groove – For this project, I used 8 pieces and was able to make 2 benches. It may vary on the width of your chairs.
- 19 x 19 mm Scrap wood approximately 6m
- Drill and screws – Screw size will depend on the width of your chair bases.
- Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint – Farmhouse White
- Paint Brush
- Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint Bonding Agent
- Transfer paper
- Americana Lamp Black Acrylic Paint
- No. 5 Round Brush
- Sander and 120 grit sandpaper
- Miss Mustards Seed’s Beeze Wax
- Circular Saw
- Miss Mustard Seed’s Antiquing Wax
- Soft Cloth
Step 1 – Remove any chair padding. Cut the 19mm x 19mm into 9 (18 if you’re making 2 benches) 300mm pieces. Screw 3 pieces to the inside and front of all three chairs level with the top of the base.
Step 4 – Mix up equal parts MMS Farmhouse White, water and bonding agent. Let sit. Use your circular saw to cut the desired overhang over the sides of each bench.
Step 7 – Take your round brush and Black paint and block in.
Step 9– Take your soft lint free cloth and apply Miss Mustard Seeds Antiquing Wax to the chairs only.
Step 10 – Apply Miss Mustard Seed’s Beeze Wax to the seat of the chair only.
And there you have a fun way to add some farmhouse charm to your outdoor entertaining area. Or if you don’t have 6 chairs to work with, 3 sure would make a cute garden bench on the front porch. I was hoping to have the table made over as well for this challenge but that will have to be for another day!
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