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Metal and wood Palmetto wall hanging

Y’all know we can’t ever just throw something away. There’s always a second life to everything. Well, in this case, a third life!

A few years ago, we found an old iron and wood bench that needed some love and care and new wooden seat slats and we totally fixed it up and put it in our yard. Well, years later, it has broken down again and we went to throw it in the trash, but I just had to keep the seat back with two Palmetto trees!

Metal and wood Palmetto wall hanging - Charleston Crafted

Seat back into a wall hanging

The old seat back had two Palmetto trees and crescent moons, the state flag of South Carolina.

Seat back with Palmetto trees

The seat was made of iron and the back was in great shape. People around here go crazy for Palmetto anything, so I thought this would be a cool chance to flip this into a wall hanging.

Palmetto tree seat back

I started by tracing the metal onto a piece of plywood. Three edges were straight, but the fourth was curved, so I couldn’t cut a straight piece of wood for that one.

Cut frame for Palmetto wall hanging

Using a jigsaw, I worked my way around the traced line and followed it as closely as possible. When done, I sanded it down and it sat pretty flush against the edge.

Frame with seat back

I used a pocket hole jig to drill holes and connect the four sides of the frame.

Then, I used Varathane’s Briarsmoke stain to add character to the whole frame.

Finally, I screwed the seat back into the frame using the existing screw holes that were in place.

Final metal and wood Palmetto sign

I love how this metal wall hanging turned out. It’s not really our style, but we know people around here love this stuff and wanted to save something from the landfill.

We listed the wall hanging on Facebook Marketplace and now we just need to wait for the right buyer.

Take this as a lesson to remember to always think about how you might be able to use something in a new way before throwing it in the trash!

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