We had fabulous spring like temps yesterday. It got me yearning for spring even more...so I went looking through some of my past project pics and found a couple I did last spring.
I bought this table for $1 at an auction.
I had hubby cut down the legs and the sides of the top. I wanted it to look more like a bench. I painted "taupe" over the existing paint color, then I painted it an old blue color...added stain and sealed it. It was ready to add to our front yard landscape. I love it! I love cheap finds like this!
Another spring project I did was dealing with a nagging problem we had...the permanent flower box on our front porch area. I have always fought with this dilemma since we moved in. It was half way filled with dirt. I never planted anything in it because we were told that we had to remove the dirt before every winter so the stone didn't crack...plus it is in total shade and hard to find flowers for it. One summer I did put some planters in there with cute flowers. It was kind of a set up with putting retaining wall stone in the bottom to make the flowers pop out. In the winter I would put greenery and lights in it. And for spring and fall, it would not look good. :( It was kind of embarrasing when people would come over.
So with the help of my then 6 year old, we dug the rest of the dirt out and cleaned it out. What a process that was! I don't know who would want to do that every fall! And it is very deep, so you would need a lot of dirt to fill it up/clean out every year! I have better things to do with my time. Ha!
I really wanted a seating area for the front. The entryway always seemed kind of small to put a chair/bench...so I came up with the idea to make a "bench" out of the flower box. I got 2 1x12's, cut them to length and painted, distressed, stain and sealed them. I used the old blue color again.
It's a wonderful spot to sit and enjoy the front yard scenery/action for a change.
And just in case I get tired of the blue...I painted the other side of the boards, red. :) It works great for the colder seasons.
So there you have it, 2 blast from the past bench projects!