How to make a Farmhouse Garden Bench from Old Chairs - Raggedy Bits

How to make a Farmhouse Garden Bench from Old Chairs

Have some old dining chairs your not quite sure what to do with? Sharing how to make a farmhouse Garden Bench from Old Chairs | Full tutorial | www.raggedy.bits.com

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

Have some old dining chairs your not quite sure what to do with? Sharing how to make a farmhouse Garden Bench from Old Chairs | Full tutorial | www.raggedy.bits.com

Supplies needed:

  • 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

Have some old dining chairs your not quite sure what to do with? Sharing how to make a farmhouse Garden Bench from Old Chairs | Full tutorial | www.raggedy.bits.com
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.

Have some old dining chairs your not quite sure what to do with? Sharing how to make a farmhouse Garden Bench from Old Chairs | Full tutorial | www.raggedy.bits.com

Step 3 – Screw 4 tongue in groove pieces to the 300mm pieces.
Have some old dining chairs your not quite sure what to do with? Sharing how to make a farmhouse Garden Bench from Old Chairs | Full tutorial | www.raggedy.bits.com

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.

Have some old dining chairs your not quite sure what to do with? Sharing how to make a farmhouse Garden Bench from Old Chairs | Full tutorial | www.raggedy.bits.com
Step 5 –  Mix gently your paint and paint your bench. For this project, I painted 3 coats letting dry in between. Once dry distress to your liking.

Have some old dining chairs your not quite sure what to do with? Sharing how to make a farmhouse Garden Bench from Old Chairs | Full tutorial | www.raggedy.bits.com

Step 6 –  Print out “Fresh Cut Flowers” on your computer using your favourite font. Position on your bench and tape down using magic tape. Trace onto the surface using transfer paper.

Have some old dining chairs your not quite sure what to do with? Sharing how to make a farmhouse Garden Bench from Old Chairs | Full tutorial | www.raggedy.bits.com

Step 7 –  Take your round brush and Black paint and block in.

Have some old dining chairs your not quite sure what to do with? Sharing how to make a farmhouse Garden Bench from Old Chairs | Full tutorial | www.raggedy.bits.com

Step 8 – Distress the wording to your liking using 120 grit sandpaper.

Have some old dining chairs your not quite sure what to do with? Sharing how to make a farmhouse Garden Bench from Old Chairs | Full tutorial | www.raggedy.bits.com

Step 9– Take your soft lint free cloth and apply Miss Mustard Seeds Antiquing Wax to the chairs only.

Have some old dining chairs your not quite sure what to do with? Sharing how to make a farmhouse Garden Bench from Old Chairs | Full tutorial | www.raggedy.bits.com

Step 10 –  Apply Miss Mustard Seed’s Beeze Wax to the seat of the chair only.

Have some old dining chairs your not quite sure what to do with? Sharing how to make a farmhouse Garden Bench from Old Chairs | Full tutorial | www.raggedy.bits.com

 

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!
Be sure to see all of the other fun Patio/ Outdoor ideas from my blogging pals below!

Happy painting!


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The rules are simple – whatever the project is, it has to fit the monthly challenge theme, which is something different to inspire you each month!

May Challenge: Porches and Outdoor Spaces
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Lisa @ The Purple Hydrangea | Kim @ Farmhouse Made | Sarah @ 1915 House |
Anika @ Anika’s DIY Life | Sam @ Raggedy Bits | Leanna @ Faeries and Fauna |
Victoria @ Dazzle While Frazzled

 

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Have some old dining chairs your not quite sure what to do with? Sharing how to make a farmhouse Garden Bench from Old Chairs | Full tutorial | www.raggedy.bits.com


 

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32 comments

  1. This is such a nice bench now Sam. It would look gorgeous inside or out, as part of a table set or on its own.

    Personally I would love to have one sitting in a big flower garden with a flowering crab tree nearby. Its beautiful lady.

  2. I love your farmhouse bench from chairs Sam, you are so amazing at all you do! I wish I had the skills to pull off something like this. WEll done!!!

    1. Thank you so much, sweet Theresa! I have been so bad at linking up my projects everywhere!! There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day!! Once I get my shop all sorted I’ll be over to my favourite party for sure!! Hugs to you also <3

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