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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Headboard Bench

I picked up a neat headboard and footboard combo at the thrift store the other day for $10, and thought they’d be perfect for a porch bench repurposing.  I’ve been wanting to try and build one of these for a while now.

I’m getting really BAD at remembering to take before pictures, but I stopped a little bit into the painting to snap a few pics so you could see the construction.


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As you can see, the back of the bench is the headboard (this one is a twin), and the front is the low footboard.  (If your set has a higher footboard than mine, I’ve seen it cut in half and used as the arms of the bench.)  The seat is a rectangle made from 2 x 4’s, with 1 x 4 slats for the top.  I braced the sides to give it some added stability with some table legs I had lying around from another project.

The whole thing got a coat of flat brick red paint (to match my front door) and I did some hand painted detail on the bottom front to fancy it up a little bit.

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Here it is in front of my house, matching my front door.  :)
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I think I might want to do some more decorative painting and carry the design all the way across the bottom, but I’ll call it done for now.  ;)




EDIT:   Well, I couldn’t leave it alone.  :)  I added some more decorative painting to the bottom front to carry the design all the way across.  I like it better now.  The openings on the headboard back were looking like eyes and the design looked like the nose and a handlebar mustache.  (…or am I just crazy… nevermind… don’t answer that…)  I’m pretty sure that I’m really, for reals, done with it now.  :)

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Linking to:
Shanty 2 Chic, Somewhat Simple, Miss Mustard Seed, Shabby Nest, Funky Junk Interiors, A Soft Place To Land


This project is participating in the Outdoor Decor Challenge at The CSI Project!
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30 comments:

  1. GORGEOUS! And to think, I have a headboard in my storage shed that I was thinking about getting rid of! Oh, the shame...now I know what to do with it! Woot! Thanks...and awesome job!
    Peace & Love,
    ~Barb~

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  2. Turned out great. I love how it matches the front door and the brick. Great job!

    ~Makalani
    Makaz Home

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  3. Cute, I'd love to try making one of those! Sorry this is cheeky but you wouldn't want to have had a couple of drinks before you flop yourself down on it, those spiky bits at the front could hurt ;P

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  4. that is fantastic! i love that you can use the footboard pieces to hang your hat when you grap a seat, or hang your tote. so cool! and i love the treatment you have it.

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  5. Very cute! I love the idea of a headboard/footboard bench - too smart!

    XO
    Lenore

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  6. Thats ingenius! You are very creative. I likey!

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  7. Wow! That's one of the nicest headboard benches I've see. Great job!

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  8. Thoroughly impressed with all your work. Looks cute!

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  9. Oh very cute!! I love it and great idea. Love the detail on the headboard. Great job!

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  10. Oh my goodness! I LOVE your bench! That is amazing! I've been snooping around your blog -- I'm in love! I HAVE to follow and see all the new things you'll transform! :)

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  11. that looks fantastic! love that it's on the fancy edge of things with the curvy legs and other bits. great job!

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  12. Great job! I'm liking the extra detail you added later... makes it even more special.

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  13. I will now keep this project in the back of my mind, searching for an old bed frame I can repurpose. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. The bling at the bottom made it AM. I am in love...with everything you do!!

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  15. I love this! You are one creative woman!! Great job!

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  16. So cute! Thanks for the construction tips. I bought a bed wanting to do this the other day... but when I got it home, I realized the footboard was too short to make arms. But now I see that I can just make it the bottom part. Thanks!

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  17. I love this, and how you put it on your porch, too! The detail you added to the bottom is so pretty! :)

    I have had my eyes open for a bed to make one of these...I will know it when I see it! Thanks for sharing how you made yours~ I am going to bookmark this post, in case I run into trouble!

    Have a good night!

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  18. very nice

    WHEN you get into the groove of taking BEFORE pictures and write at least a littl tutorial for your project, do come get yourself links back to your site so our readers can find you from our pr3-4 site, e.g. here:
    http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-tutorial-linky-party-5/

    rose

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  19. Love it! What a coincidence that we both posted about our bed turned bench this week (http://www.prettyhandygirl.com/2010/07/turning-craigs-list-bed-frame-into.html). I have to say, I really like your headboard. Wish I had found a bed like yours.

    Well done.

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  20. Beautiful job! I love the colors!

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  21. so fun! i really want to make one of these. love how yours turned out!!

    come check out my blog too if you'd like :)

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  22. I just bought a headboard and footboard to make one of these benches. I am so looking forward to getting to do this project.

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  23. Oh my gosh.. the finished result is so awesome! The added decorative painting was just the right touch. Amazing bench!

    Donna

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  24. I like the addition of what you did on the bottom. The bench is just stunning. Great job!

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  25. I love that so much! We found a headboard like that at a thrift store but didn't buy it because it wouldn't fit our bed. Now I'm kicking myself!

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  26. This is a great idea!I am going to look for something similar and try this:)!!

    ~Julia

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  27. What a great transformation! I love what you did and I'm glad you didn't stop with the decorative painting.

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