Monday, August 19, 2013

Taking The Long Way Home: My First Headboard Bench

This project actually has a little story and a moral behind it.

Do you always go the same way home of do you alter your route? For me I usually travel the same roads in and out of my neighborhood, but a few weeks back I took the long way  home coming back from the grocery store. Something caught my eye ( by the curb of course) so I stopped to investigate...

It was a pretty green twin size headboard and foot board. I loved it already and it was screaming "Make me into a bench" so that is exactly what we did!

Unfortunately I can't find any before pictures, I might have even forgot to take some. But this is the finished bench and it looks awesome.

We combined the headboard with a piece of  an old metal shelving unit that we had to cut down.

The wood on the shelving unit was warped and dirty from sitting outside, so we just removed it.

The headboard fit perfectly to the shelf. We also removed the backing on the headboard and replaced it with a metal one cut to size.

For the seat we used wood cut to size and then stained from another piece that we had hanging around. This was originally a futon frame.

The green color that it was painted was a little to bright for me so I sanded it down some then added a stain over the entire headboard the same color as the seat slats.

The front of the headboard had this great little detail to it. 
Perfect for a garden bench.

Mike added scrolls to the sides for armrests and then we just bolted the headboard to the metal shelf creating the bench.

The metal was re spray painted black along with the new metal back. We then attached the wood slats back on the shelf piece using the 2 holes that were previously there and creating 2 new ones.

A few coats of poly on the seat slats and the wood from the headboard and this bench is ready for the garden or a front porch.

Or maybe a cute photo op with Murphy and Molly.

A few more looks at the details.

So the moral of the story is to take the long way home every now and then.

You never know what you might find!!

And we still have the foot board to use in a future project.

Have a wonderful week.

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  1. That is so lovely!! Great job!

  2. WOW Susan ... great bench ... love how you fitted all those pieces together to make it.
    Good job and love the paint job.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures.

    1. Thank you so much Audrey for your lovely comments. Glad you like the bench.

  3. I love it! You are an amazingly talented gal. One of my favorite things is seeing junk turned into gold, and you certainly have that golden touch. I am your newest follower and I would love to invite you over to follow me back. I so enjoy your wonderful site.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

    1. Thank you so much Connie for visiting and following! Glad you like this project and will check out your site too.

  4. It's fabulous! And Murphy and Molly seem to love it too LOL


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