I've built a dozen of these over the years for friends and family. When they get hit with Oregon rains they weather a bit. I decided to take one of the ones I have and see if I could 'brighten it up'.
It looked like this one (4') when I started.
While this one is not quite done it's looking pretty good (3') . . . Missey is very pleased, I'm a hero once again.
After this bench dries a few days I'll take a piece of sandpaper to it and distress the paint job a little.
Whatcha think . . .
Oh here's one I built for a friend Missey worked with for years at the Gaston High School. Rita kept her on her covered porch out of the weather. It's still one of my favorites. (Sorry about the rotation.)