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How To Paint Nautical Flags on a Bench

Add cottage-style charm to a front porch, back patio or anywhere indoors by painting a plain wood bench with seafaring flags.

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Age the Wood Bench

Use a belt sander to give an aged look to the edges of the bench. Sand until an uneven, rustic look starts to take shape. Moving back and forth in a slow, controlled manner, add divots and dips to the surface of the bench with orbital sander held at a 45-degree angle.

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