Although something might look a little rough, a little dirty, a little Gary Busey circa 1995, with a little love and
For example, take this bench I found outside a garage sale.
"Technically" it was not for sale. "Technically" it was just being used as a door stop for these people's back fence to direct garage salers back to their garage.
However, I thought it had good bones and I loved the crisscross cast iron backing so I thought I would ask, just for the hell of it.
First, the lady said it wasn't for sale... then on second thought, she asked her husband who said it was up to her (smart man) and next thing I knew, I was the proud new owner of a cute little bench for $10.
Thinking this would be an "easy" sand-down-and-stain project, I took it home and started to work on its
And then this happened.
Taking one problem at a time, I decided to carry on with my original plan and spray paint the backings to make them look all shiny and new.
After about 1.5 HOURS of sanding I was pretty deep into the wood, but still not to wood-staining quality.
It actually turned out to be perfect timing since our rocking chairs that I remade (as remembered here) helped me remember one VERY important lesson... Polyurethan.
Yes, we did get to enjoy our rocking chairs on our deck for a few months...
|Those cups had water in them and Im pretty sure we were discussing politics... ... ...|
Technically, it was a $70+ lesson on what I should have used in the first place...
So you can bet I covered my new lovely lady in it before setting her in back into place...
|And a cute little white fluffy pup just for kicks...|
Here's the before and after for ya.
Have you guys had any garage sale scores that just needed a little love? Have you ever made an expensive little mistake that cost you the project (our rocking chairs were recently donated to our front curb for Dallas Bulk Trash Pickup... ... they were beyond saving... so sad... I sang Ave Maria as they were taken away). I would love to hear from you!