I’ve had this beautiful cast-iron bench for years, in fact it used to sit exactly where it is in this photo! But a few years back my tenant who lives in the cottage arrived with a vintage Mercedes Benz, and sadly our driveway couldn’t accommodate both the car and the bench, so it was relegated to under the house, a setting not befitting of such a fine piece of furniture! It also meant that its wooden slats, which were quite worn to begin with, completely fell to pieces! So I decided that before we moved house I’d bring it back to life with some new (or rather reclaimed) wood. I’ve left the cast-iron sides unpainted, mostly because I’ve seen how garish they look when newly painted, and also because I think it shows the age well – I’m guessing, but I think this bench is probably around 100 years old! So the paint is quite flaky and there’s a small piece of the cast-iron frame missing, but it’s surprisingly sturdy for its years, and in my opinion, quite beautiful! The wood’s been varnished in a bit of a rush, so could probably do with another sand and coat (we used a water based decking varnish), but it should be fine standing outside for a few months as is.
A very special garden bench that I hope goes to an equally special home – it really does deserve pride of place in someones garden or verandah!
Dimensions: 126cm long x 65cm deep x 76cm tall
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