From NZ Gardener magazine
Rose Hughes creates a cool outdoor bench with a twist – check out the ceramic planter legs!
You will need: Sixteen metres of decking timber (see cutting list), Drop saw, tape measure, pencil, drill, bits and countersink, screws – 8g x 65mm and 8g x 45mm, wood filler (to match the colour of the Furniture Gel) and sandpaper. Paint brush, lint-free cloths, card and jigsaw, potting mix and flax (Phormium ‘Black Rage’). Resene Timber & Furniture Gel (I used Resene Jarrah Tree). Two matching ceramic pots – mine were 450mm high. Look for thick-walled, wide-lipped pots that have been high-fired and glazed. For safety, periodically lift bench top to check pots for cracks.
Cutting list: For the frame: 2 x 2200mm for front and back, 8 x 320mm for ends and internal struts. For the seat slats: 4 x 2200mm.
Rejuvenate old, tired outdoor wooden furniture such as table and chairs with your favourite Resene paint colour or stain. This will help protect it from the weather and help it to keep looking good.
To revive weathered and previously painted or stained timber, including furniture and decks, wash it first with Resene Timber and Deck Wash.
To avoid drips when staining timber, use Resene Timber and Furniture Gel. It's designed to be thick so you can easily apply it without a mess.
Cape cod style chairs suit bold paint colours. Or get creative with Resene testpots and paint each slat a different colour.
Don't use clear finishes on exterior timber as they won't protect the timber. Instead choose a stain colour close to the timber colour for a natural look that will look after the timber too.
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