I had been wanting a park bench to set along the path in our woods, so I was pleased when a friend gave me an old one she had sitting around. The metal parts of the bench were rusty and the woods parts worn and blackened.
Jasco Prep and Primer, which I bought at Battle Ground Paint & Supply, worked like magic to turn that rust into good clean metal. Then I covered it with spray-on rust retarding primer and paint—with happy results.
After a scrubbing the wood with a metal brush, sanding with an electric sander and painting with spar varnish, the wood still looks old and worn. Nevertheless, I am pleased with my new bench. (Thank you, Liz).
This bench has a special purpose. I'm calling it my "clarity bench." Do you ever find you need isolation in order to think things through? I find it hard to focus on questions that need personal answers when I'm in my house and office. There are distractions everywhere, the worst being the computer. Now I have a secluded place for thinking and gaining clarity.
What solution have you devised for finding that important solitude?