The dude spied this lurvly solid wood bench in a second hand shop window…
He immediately pulled over for a closer look & discovered 4 things: it was once the end part of a bigger piece (there were large screw holes on 1 side), it was greasy to the touch, the carving on the back appeared to be sad & they wanted €40(!) for it. Clever dude pointed out the obvious flaws & brought it home for €10. Fortunately I figured out how to deal with the oily wood & the tearful face + found a use (& place) for it in our ever-shrinking flat:
Our kidlet now has a spiffy new bench squeezed into the very last remaining nook in her tiny room.
What was my solution for the grody greasy wood?
First I gave it good scrub with grease-fighting dish soap & once it was dry grabbed some leftover white paint + a rag and gave it…
a good old fashioned whitewash!
*This is a fab’ solution for wood that has been treated with oil or has soaked in a lot of gunge. To be successful the whitewash must penetrate the wood, it’s a great arm workout!
After 2 whitewashes, hole-filler, a snazzy new paint job (I thought vines & flowers would kinda hide the sad face carved into the back) & a few coats of varnish the bench was finally ready to meet some new friends…
Did I mention it was a storage bench? Perfect for hiding away all of the munchkin’s stuffies!