Friends, y’all are so amazing! Thank you so much for your patience as I find my way through this moving process! Most of you follow me for my thrifty makeovers and I appreciate you letting me share what’s going on with the house. Rehabbing forgotten treasures is my passion though and I cannot wait to put my new organized workspace to good use.
Since I got the hot mess of a garage under control (see it HERE if you missed it…super exciting stuff!), I have just been working on super unfun (new word??) things like working my way through more boxes. Woohoo!!
So today I thought I would pull another old favorite from the archives to share! 🙂
Do y’all remember my spindle headboard bench?
This spindle headboard and footboard sat in my stash for at least two years:
Plus the finish was terrible:
But it did finally get its chance to shine:
I originally painted this for one of our Themed Furniture Thursday posts and the theme was layers.
Can you see the layers? NO? Let me take you in for a closer look:
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And how did I combat all those spindles??
I cheated a little…meet my arsenal:
I started by cutting the footboard in half using my old miter saw:
So that the top of the sides would meet the back at just the right place…
I clamped the sides to the back as pictured above, making sure everything was level as I went. (You’ll want to be sure you create your bench on a level surface as well.)
I usually connect the sides to the back using my Kreg Jig Jr, but I wasn’t able to use that here since the side pieces were spindles and not flat. So from the back, I pre-drilled a hole through the back and into the spindle at the top of the side where it meets the back, using a 1/8″ drill bit:
I followed with a 3/8″ drill bit just barely into the surface there, to allow me to countersink the screw a bit.
Then I screwed the back to the sides using a 3″ wood screw.
Then I was able to go back and fill in the holes with Elmer’s Wood Filler, completely hiding them.
After attaching both side pieces, I attached a front piece to connect the two across the front, making sure it was level with the back piece. That is what the seat slats will sit on. I did use my Kreg Jig Jr for that piece. (See how easy that is to do HERE.)
And I filled in all the holes, and sanded them with 220 grit sandpaper when they were dry.
To make the seat slats, I found these slats from my son’s old twin bed that were perfect:
I cut them to fit with my miter saw, but decided to start painting everything before attaching them to the bench.
I started with Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 Spray Primer. It took two cans to do all the slats and the bench.
Then I followed up with a coat of Rust-oleum’s Robin’s Egg Blue spray paint:
I kinda loved it at this point, but stopping here would not have added the “layers” needed for this theme, so I kept going by adding petroleum jelly to all the areas I didn’t want the next coat of paint to stick to. Then I followed up with a couple of coats of Rustoleum’s Universal All Surface Satin white (my favorite spray paint for furniture)…
You can see the petroleum jelly smeared on under the paint in that photo above.
Then when the paint was barely dry, I took a clean soft cloth and wiped all the areas where I had applied the petroleum jelly, to reveal the blue beneath.
I love this technique!
I added the slats using wood glue and my nail gun.
I decided not to worry about filling in the tiny holes.
The pillow and the throw came from HomeGoods a while back. The closest I could find to this pillow online was here on Amazon.
I love this layered chippy look. It’s very subtle and the colors give it that calm coastal vibe I love so much.
Spray paint is fantastic for projects like this where a brush would take way too long. Unfortunately it isn’t cheap. I spent about $30 in paint for this project, but with the bed only being $20, that wasn’t too bad.
I sure wish I had that now to put in my new house!!
Here’s another headboard makeover you might enjoy:
See how it turned out HERE. 🙂
I have plans for a fun project and I am hoping to get that done so I have something pretty to share…I will be working on that this weekend!
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