I completed this bench makeover with Metal Effects by Modern Masters and Thompson’s WaterSeal Deck and House.
I love free, and this bench was given to me from Mr. DD’s business partner. Steve is always on the look out for pieces for me, so of course I took this bench.
She is showing some neglect, just a bit. The stain had worn away and the metal was rusting away. I like the aged look of the metal, but it was too rusty for my taste. I wanted the aged patina look but not all the rust, so my answer was Metal Effects from Modern Masters.
I took the bench apart and began to scrape off the loose rust with a small metal brush.
The next step after cleaning is applying 2 coats of the Metal Effects primer. This step is necessary so the patina does not eat away the surface you are applying it to.
Next is applying the base color. I chose the bronze shade as I wanted the bench to have a subtle look and not pop out so much.
After applying the second coat of paint and while the second coat is still wet, you apply the patina. I used the blue patina color. I loved watching and seeing how the patina color came out over the paint.
Next was using the Thompson’s WaterSeal Deck & House. I chose to use the solid stain in the color Black Walnut. I wanted my bench black, black as I could get it, since my shutters and trim on the house are black. I sanded down the bench slates before applying the new stain. I chose to stain the bench instead of paint knowing the stain would hold up to the harsh winter weather better than paint.
Once placed back together, I decided I wanted more pop against the black stain. I might take her apart again and apply some more of the green patina to get more of the metal to pop. I am sure that will be on the back of my to do list, so I will just have to see how the bench continues to patina over time.
I cant wait to complete some more projects using the Metal Effects by Modern Maters. My next project will be using it on a dresser to sell at the shop. My intention was to sell the bench, but that changed after I set it in the yard, it grew on me and it began to call the space its home next to my shed and garden.