My husband's uncle made this bench for him. It has been an indoor bench until a few months ago when we moved into our new house. There was no where to put it inside so we decided to convert it to a outdoor bench. Pretty simple, we sanded it and then stained it. We chose the reddish brown to compliment our red brick house.
It is amazing how much lighter the stain looks after sitting a few days. Especially during the day, based on how dark it was in the previous picture the night we finished staining it. Oh well, I guess we could always put on another coat. At least it can sit outside without getting ruined now!