Welcome to Day #19 of my March Madness Series! All this month I’m sharing a thrifty makeover every day! You can catch up on all the thrifty goodness at the bottom of this post.
Guess what else today is? It’s Themed Furniture Thursday! That’s where I and a bunch of my favorite bloggy friends get together once a month to makeover a piece of furniture to fit a particular theme. This month’s theme is “Distressed”. I’ve included a few links so you can find the products I used. Read my full disclosure here.
I’m sharing the makeover of this headboard I picked up from the thrift store for $30:
I love the classic style of this little headboard and couldn’t pass it up.
I decided to turn it into a bench!
Color!! Can you believe it? I’ve had a few readers inquire (very politely) why I stick to light neutrals so often in my furniture makeovers. There are a couple of reasons. The first being, that is what I like for my own home and I tend to create what I like. Also, a white or ivory piece sells much quicker in my booth. It is a timeless look that can be dressed up with colorful accessories that can easily be changed out.
Every once in a while though, the urge to add a splash of color comes along. This beautiful soft aqua is Mason Jar Blue milk paint from Junque Boutique. The lovely owner, Becky, was kind enough to send me some to try out. Milk paint comes in a powder form and is mixed with water.
One of the cool things about milk paint is that you can get this wonderful chipping and crackling effect in the paint that looks completely natural:
Ooh love that! It can also be very unpredictable also in that more can flake off than you want to. I did sand the backing of this bench and repaint since it flaked a bit more than I liked, but I loved the second go round.
You can add a bonding agent to the paint to help prevent flaking if that’s not your thing.
Another cool thing about milk paint is that it has absolutely no odor whatsoever. A wax is used to seal the very same way you would seal over chalk paint.
I really do love this color. I imagine this for a pop of color in a bedroom with all white on white goodness.
This is distressed for me since I don’t usually sand my pieces really heavily.
Here is a bit of the process, but you can see my complete tutorial for how to turn a headboard into a bench here.
The first step is to cut the footboard into two and trim some off to create the sides.
I use a Kreg Jig Jr to get those angled holes that allow me to join the new sides to the bench to the back.
I used Elmer’s wood filler to fill the holes from the Kreg Jig.
Because this headboard is mahogany, I anticipated bleed-through. This happens with mahogany and cherry woods. I just give it two good coats of Zinsser spray shellac before painting.
This stuff works perfectly to block stains, and it also covers up odors. Use outside if possible though, it’s stinky! Wait one hour before painting.
I cut pieces of scrap wood for the seat slats, and attached with a nail gun:
This was a lot of work, but the result is worth it!
I love it in this corner of my dining room…
If you missed the link above, you can see here how to make your own headboard bench HERE.
Meet me back here tomorrow to see how I gave this table that my Mom painted a new look:
Now it goes perfectly with this bench!
See you there!
UPDATE: See how I updated it HERE now. 🙂
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