Before Michelle sent us the above pictures in an email that was entitled "Can you fix this wood bench?" Why yes we can! And then we will want to keep it! Michelle told us that they had recently found this bench down in a cellar that had not seen the light of day for years. It was a bench that her husband and his siblings had used to sit around the dinner table about fifity years ago. She wanted to perserve the old look and feel because it had some wonderful memories. She wanted it more stable, sturdy and functional so she could use it as a bench in her entry way. After The layered paint is all natural! Mike made some repairs but kept the original nails.I think the original shabby chic look fits this perfectly. We would not have recommended it any other way! The old nails and layered paint is priceless. Mike also found an old newspaper that was stuck underneath the seat of the bench and preserved it for the memories. He also preserved this old wad of gum someone stuck on the bench! How could he scrape off this wonderful history! We hope Michelle and her family are very happy with their greeting bench and we appreciate the opportunity in giving it new life.