Step 5. Stain + Finish
Almost there! Fill any screw borings with wood filler and sand the entire surface thoroughly with medium-grit sandpaper, then repeat with fine-grit sandpaper.
Brush off sawdust with a broom or cloth before applying your choice of wood stain or paint. After your finish has dried, protect your bench from the elements by applying a waterproofing sealer. Be sure to cover the bottom of each leg in this process – the feet get the most exposure to standing water, so waterproofing them is key.
Tip: Add brass corners or brackets to your bench with screws for an elevated look.