Before & After – Grandpa K’s Bench

My Grandmother passed away a couple of months ago and I was offered some of her basement furniture to refinish and blog about.

I don’t mean to imply that this stuff has no sentimental value – but to be honest, it was in her basement in terrible shape – so I don’t know that it held any great sentimental value to her either.

Except this one.

This one was my Grandpa K’s:

Grandpa K bench 1

I never saw him use it, but I was told that he used to work out on it.  Bench presses and the like.

On hard wood.

That’s a tough man!

I think he also used it for building – or perhaps the boys did – because it has a ton of nail dents in it.
Years of use and abuse:

Grandpa K bench 2

You know I had to try.

Grandpa K bench 3

Some of the nail dents and wood cracks were pretty deep, so I couldn’t sand them all out without hitting all the nails that are holding it together….

I opted to keep this “patina” under the stain for a “rustic” look.

Grandpa K bench 4

I chose a dark stain so that the blue paint wouldn’t be glaringly obvious:

Grandpa K bench 5

and then I used Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter to paint the base of it.
It’s a super neutral greige and looks really nice next to the dark stain.

Grandpa K bench 6

I went with their “Advance” formula again because of it’s durability and washability.
They compare it to oil paint in durability, but it’s water-washable.
The only downside to this formula of paint is that it needs 14 hours of dry time between coats.

Tough when you’re impatient to see the finished product…. but well worth it for longevity.

Grandpa K bench 7

I wish Grandma K had shown me this bench before she passed.  I could have finished it for her and she could have used it on her front porch or something.

Oh well,  hopefully she and Grandpa K are looking down and smiling.

Grandpa K bench BandA


Have a great one!

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  1. Angie from Dear Spring Green May 25, 2014 at 6:42 pm - Reply

    It’s wonderful! I love the combination of the paint and stain you chose!

    • Shelly May 26, 2014 at 9:12 pm - Reply

      Thank you – and thank you for taking the time to comment!

  2. Robyn May 31, 2014 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Hi Shelly,
    What a lovely bench and how special that it belonged to you Grandfather! I love that it still has the blue patina in it. Saw your link at Super Saturday and so glad to find your beautiful blog. Have a wonderful weekend.

    • Shelly June 3, 2014 at 1:50 pm - Reply

      Thank you for checking out the blog – I hope you’ll come back (often!). More refinishing projects to come!

  3. Lane Reynolds December 31, 2017 at 6:11 am - Reply

    I love the style of this bench better than any others that I have seen and would like to make one. Would you be willing to give the dimensions for it?
    Thank you, Lane

    • Shelly @ January 8, 2018 at 10:48 am - Reply

      53″ long, 18″ high and 11 1/2″ wide. The seat section is made from two 2×4’s and a 2×6 – but I’m wondering if a single 2×12 would be easier?
      I love that bench too, and have had a few requests. I might just try to come up with some building plans for it.

  4. Lane January 9, 2018 at 12:07 am - Reply

    Thank you, I appreciate the information.

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