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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Pediment Headboard Bench

I found a queen size broken pediment headboard and footboard set the other day at a local thrift store for $10.  (The DAV, or Disabled American Veterans Thrift Store is a great one in Prescott, AZ.  I ALWAYS find great deals there.)  I decided it would make an absolutely fantastic bench.  I already started choppin’ when I remembered to take this picture.  (By the way, the Metallic Secretary Desk you see in the background of this picture sold this week!!  Yay!  And the woman also bought the Funky Lamp I did a while back for her daughter, and has a couple of commissioned pieces she wants to have redone as well!  Double Yay!  Hi, Diane, if you’re reading!)

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But onto the project at hand…  I cut the footboard to be the sides of the bench and attached them to the back post of the headboard with a scrap from the middle part of the footboard like so:

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Make sense?  Then I put three planks of 1 x 6 lengthwise from side  to side  and added some fluted trim across the front like so:

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I decided to try a new tool and a new technique on this project.  I stole borrowed my mom’s Dremel to add some hand-carving on the large open space on the back of the bench (headboard.)  First I composed a design on the computer and printed it out.  Then, with a pencil I heavily outlined the design, taped it face down where I wanted the design to be, then rubbed with (in my case) the end of a chopstick to transfer the pencil lines onto the piece.

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You peel away the paper, and there you have your guide!

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Then, I carved the design with the Dremel.  It gets really hot, so I could only do it in about 10 minute increments before letting the tool cool down again.

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For this project, I decided to use a blogopshere favorite, Rustoleum Heirloom White spray paint.  This was a large project, so it took three cans.  The coverage is great with Rustoleum Painter’s Touch.  The only drawback for me is that I can’t use my favorite little spray paint gun with their specially designed top, so it makes my fingers tired.  (I really can’t wait to get a paint sprayer…)

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After it was painted, I did some distressing and a smokey antiquing glaze.  And here it is!

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Very stately, don’t you think?  I LOVE it!!

 


This project is competing in the Spray Paint Challenge at The CSI Project!

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Linking to:
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48 comments:

  1. What a pretty piece. You are definitely the bench Queen lol

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  2. That turned out beautiful! Great idea for an old head and foot board.
    Brooke

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  3. Aahhh! You crazy talented lady! I'm serious! What kind of creativity juice are you drinking over there?? Beautiful! Also impressed with the dremel skills since the other day I threw a chunk of wood in my eye while using it. :) shaunna

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  4. What a creative idea! Love the old-fashioned feel and the stenciling. Very nice! :)

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  5. Love, love, love! I want it for myself :) You did a great job with it.

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  6. it turned out so beautifully, ann marie! i love the soft white onit, too- i think it was perfect. you are amazing... A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

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  7. This is so beautiful!
    Now I'm gonna be running around looking for a head & footboard!

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  8. Thanks for the inspiration!! I have two bed frames in the barn waiting to be transformed into another thymeless creation!!

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  9. I love it, but I gotta tell you... the first thing I think (as a mother of four young children) when I see that is.... "impalement."


    Maybe when they get older. :)

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  10. Wow, it looks great! The color you chose and the design you painted on the back really add so much charm to the piece. I love it!

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  11. Wow, that is amazing. I love that- you did a fantastic job- and never thought of using a drummel or stencil and love the headboard..
    Thanks for stopping by my blog..
    Karryann

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  12. You really achieved something special here. What a creative and admirable job. Beautifully crafted and gorgeous results. Congratulations on a fabulous project!

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  13. WOW! You are talented, girl! Are you keeping it? I'd have a hard time selling that.

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  14. Gorgeous! What a wonderful transformation! Thanks for sharing the how-to, Theresa

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  15. Beautiful!!! You made this look like such a simple process, but I know it couldn't have been THAT easy! WOW :D

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  16. That's a great bench--so creative! Looks wonderful!

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  17. I am admiring your work, yet again... really nice! I love your carved design. Thanks for the pencil transfer trick (say that ten times fast). :)

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  18. Love your bench! And the dremel detail is brilliant. Way to add character.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Brittany
    http://www.prettyhandygirl.com

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  19. Love it!! And congrats on the sales!! :)

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  20. Gorgeous! And congrats on the sales!

    For the crappy spray paint tips, I fold up a piece of paper towel over top - it seems to soften the pain a little bit!

    XO
    Lenore

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  21. OH MY GOODNESS! I am in awe! This is fabulous and I want one. I don't know where I'll put it, but I know I want one!! You did such a great job. I have never even heard of a dremel. What kind of antique glaze did you use? I am definitely going to be on the lookout for a cheap bed!

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  22. holy CRAP. you are some kind of DIY genius. no, truly. i am in awe of your mad skills.

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  23. I just saw the boys dresser, you have talent. I am going to have to look for more of your talents.

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  24. I now crown you Queen of Headboard Benches! It looks phenomenal!! I'm so jelous of your drive and talent!

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  25. Just found you and L O V E your blog. You are amazing!!

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  26. You are truly creative!! this is just amazing!! I'm happy to be your newest follower and would love to have you visit Frou Frou Decor..I love new friends! I'd also like to invite you to link up to my party every Friday..for Fabulous Friday Finds...anything from creative finds to recipes..crafts, etc. :D Hope to see you there!
    Hugs,
    ~Terrell @ FFD~

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  27. This is so great! I can not construct anything. I wish I could find someone in my area that does stuff like this!!

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  28. WOW! Love how this turned out! I saw similar benches at a local flea market and want to try the idea out soon. Great job!

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  29. Love this!!! You did such a beautiful job!

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  30. This is wonderful. Hubby even likes it--so I think I have permission to look for a headboard and footboard. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  31. I have been eyeing a possible project like this!! I don't know that I can find one nearly as fabulous for $10 though! Thanks for the tutorial- I'll let you know if I attempt it :)

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  32. Wow! I am at awe! I love the project and I would have never thought about using a headboard in this manner. Truly a fantastic project!
    Thank you so much for the tutorial. So Fun!!!!
    funwithnancy@blogspot.com

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  33. I am in the final stages of one too. I can not wait to show it off.

    You did a great job.

    Thanks for entering the DIY contest.
    I hope you have a fun filled weekend.

    Cheri

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  34. So pretty! The added detail on the back gives it just the right touch!

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  35. Just want to let you know, I linked to your post as one of my favorites. :)

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  36. I did find a $10 deal on a head/footboard! I linked your tutorial to my find, and hope to show you lovely ladies my finished product soon. :) Thanks for sharing your great ideas!!
    www.pinkpostcard.blogspot.com

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  37. Hi Ann Marie:

    I wanted to let you know that I have featured this project on my blog for my post revealing my August bookmarks. Wonderful job.

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  38. I love the bench! I guess I'll butter up the Big Bubba for a little (LOT) of help with a project like this. I have the bed I was put in when I was 3, why I still have it I don't know. I think a bench is a better use than sitting in the basement because it's full size. Thank You!

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  39. that is so great! i can't get enuff of your stuff! i too am a painter of furniture old and new! i just started selling my stuff in a cute little shop in my town! thanks for all the inspiration you girls provide!

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  40. Awesome bench and I think I just figured out how to do some "free hand" on our island! Thanx for your inspirations! I am now a new follower!

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  41. This is gorgeous Ann Marie. You have the Midas touch for sure. I need to get me a Dremel! Beautiful transformation & details.

    Hugs,
    Jami

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  42. Love this! I a similar project somewhere else and have been itching to do it....now even more. Thanks for sharing xo

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  43. Nice job! This is the first time I've been on your site. I am really enjoying your projects. Thanks so much for sharing your talent.

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  44. It looks great! Nice touch with the engraving- love it!

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  45. Wonderful, so impressed! Thank you!

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