how to repair an old wobbly bench
We have had this old garden bench for years. It has become a bit wobbly, but still sturdy and throughout the year we have to tighten up the screws. The bench has started to sway besides looking drab. We did’nt feel it needed to be scrapped, but with some TLC, we could fix it up. We knew we needed to repaint the bench to keep the wood from rotting. So here is what we did to repair and repaint an old wobbly bench.
What you’ll need:
paint for the bench (we used Rust-oleum on the legs and a can of paint on the wood slats)
tools to remove the screws/bolts (and something to store them in)
low grit sand paper
You will start by taking your bench apart. You will want to label and put the screws/bolts into separate bags/containers for later.
Remove the slates from the bench.
Old wobbly bench repair
Sand the slats down to get any loose paint off the boards. Inspect the boards for rot. If needed, buy new boards to replace any rotten ones (ours were fine).
Take the legs of the bench (ours were metal) and sand them down with the sand paper to remove any loose paint. Remove any dirt and grime as well. You want a clean dry surface on the legs for the paint.If your bench legs are metal, consider using a metal appropriate paint (I used Rust-oleum).
This is not ideal, but is my life sometimes. I painted one side of the legs on the ground on a nice warm day. I would suggest painting them on a bench or cardboard. Allow the paint to dry, make any touch ups if necessary. Apply a second coat if needed.
Flip over the legs and apply a second coat, this time, leaning against something you don’t mind getting paint on.
Be sure to get the bottom of the legs also. Allow to completely dry.
Reassemble the bench
Once the paint has dried for both you can assemble. Why it’s important to label the bolts (and in case this project happens over many weekends).
Once completed, it’s like you have a new bench that no longer is wobbly and looks great..
What tips do you have for repairing a wobbly garden bench?