Farmhouse Headboard Bench

March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days!! Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Hello again, lovely Friends, and welcome to day #24 of my March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days series!! Today is special because it’s also Themed Furniture Thursday, where a bunch of my furniture flippin friends and I share furniture makeovers to fit the theme of the month. This month’s theme is “Farmhouse”, and I think  I did it proud.

Here’s what I started with:

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This bed looks much cleaner in the photo than it really was. It was a $10 yard sale find from last Summer.  A man had sold it to me and as I was loading it into my car, a woman came over to tell me it was her childhood bed and she was so sad to be getting rid of it, but they had to downsize. I knew then that I had to do something special with it.

I think she would approve:

Turn a Headboard into a Farmhouse Bench with the addition of a little reclaimed wood. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Don’t you? This is one of those times that I wish I could find the house again and drop this off to the woman who was sadly departing with her childhood bed.

It once had four posters, but she asked her dad to cut the posts off when she became a teenager.

Turn a Headboard into a Farmhouse Bench with the addition of a little reclaimed wood. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Have you ever wanted to make a headboard bench?

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In short, I basically cut the footboard to create the side pieces…

Turn a Headboard into a Farmhouse Bench with the addition of a little reclaimed wood. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Then created pocket holes. It’s not hard to do if you have the right tool. I use my Kreg Jig Jr to make mine. It runs around $40, but it makes pocket holes that make joining two right angles together so easy. Here it is in action:

A Kreg Jig Jr is a great tool for making pocket holes to join right angles together!

You use it with your drill.

Then I joined the sides to the back…see the pocket holes?  I also added a support piece across the front. If you have the bed rails, they are perfect for this part. I also made sure it was level as I went…

Turn a Headboard into a Farmhouse Bench with the addition of a little reclaimed wood. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I filled all the holes with Elmer’s wood filler. The Kreg Jig comes with filler pieces, but I just used wood filler since I had the bed rail slits to fill as well.

Then I painted it with DIY chalk paint in Pure White.

When that was dry I dry-brushed a little grey across the surfaces and on the raised areas…

Turn a Headboard into a Farmhouse Bench with the addition of a little reclaimed wood. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

For the seat, I decided to use wood from my wood stash. These are pieces I found in the woods near my house. They look like someone’s old decking boards that they had dumped there. There may have been some happy dancing involved when I found them.

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I knew they would be perfect for this project. I wiped them down really well then white washed them. To do this I painted each board with white latex paint, then immediately wiped it back off in the direction of the grain with a rag.

Turn a Headboard into a Farmhouse Bench with the addition of a little reclaimed wood. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I cut these to fit and attached with my nail gun. I sealed everything with Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax.

Turn a Headboard into a Farmhouse Bench with the addition of a little reclaimed wood. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

For more detailed instructions on how to turn a headboard into a bench, visit my full tutorial HERE.

I felt like it still needed something, so I created this graphic in  Photoshop Elements:

Turn a Headboard into a Farmhouse Bench with the addition of a little reclaimed wood. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I used my favorite old-school transfer method found HERE, to add this to the back of the bench.

Turn a Headboard into a Farmhouse Bench with the addition of a little reclaimed wood. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I love how it turned out. It does have a farmhouse feel, no?

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Turn a Headboard into a Farmhouse Bench with the addition of a little reclaimed wood. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Here’s another headboard I transformed into a bench:

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Mason Jar Blue Headboard Bench

Looking for more Farmhouse inspired furniture makeovers? Check out my friends’ projects below!

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I’ll be back tomorrow sharing what I did with this little farmhouse stool:

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UPDATE: Shazam! See it HERE now!

If you don’t already, follow me on Instagram HERE, so we can hang out there too! 🙂

If you missed any makeovers in this fun March Madness Series, you can check out yesterday’s HERE.

And catch up with the rest here:

March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days from Confession of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

1. DIY Tray from an Old Picture  2. How to Turn a Drawer Front into a Planter

3. Patterned Sofa Table  4. Mini Shelf Makeover  5. $5 Yard Sale Dresser

6. DIY Wooden Tote Redo  7. Antique Mirror Repurposed  8.  Jewelry/Trinket Holder

9. Updated Candlesticks   10. Shutter Cabinet 11. 80’s Clock Cabinet Reimagined

March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days from Confession of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

 12. Oval Rosette Mirror  13. $5 Thrift Store Lamps  14. DIY Jewelry Storage

15.  Thrift Store Container Makeover  16. 15 Minute Table Makeover

17.  Charlotte’s Night Table 18. French Provincial Desk Makeover 

19. Spring Bird Nest Wreath 20. The Perfect Necklace Holder

21. Romantic Flatware Box Makeover  22. 80’s Shelf

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Comments

  1. Oh yes Christy. I think the woman would approve. It’s beautiful. And now when I see furniture with those ‘holes’ I’ll know they’re pocket holes. It’s cool that they can be made with a drill. When you whitewashed the boards did you wipe paint on and off several times, or just once? It shows up so well, I thought it took more than one coat. Thanks for sharing. You have been a busy woman! Much to all our pleasure!

    • Thanks, Joanne! I only did one coat and then filled in a couple of spots here and there, but I used the paint full strength. I didn’t water it down so that’s probably why it covered so well. I love that you’re enjoying this series! XO

  2. Yet another amazing makeover, Christy! The sweet momento is perfect and I do think that lady would love it.

  3. Another great makeover! I love the saying you used! HEadboard benches are so much fun!

  4. I have had a bed sitting in my shed for 5 years waiting to do this to it. Yours turned out amazing as always and you may have lit the fire under me to finally tackle mine!
    Just lovely!
    Hugs,
    Karin

  5. So pretty, as always! Loved the touching story about the bed. I’m sure she would approve.

  6. So pretty! Yesterday I bought the Cottage White paint you use often on projects. I bought a sample pot at Home Depot. I attempted to make DIY chalk paint. I purchased plaster of Paris from the craft section at Walmart. Mixed my plaster until smooth and then added my paint in a jar and shook well. Sadly, I ended up with a jar of half paint and cement! 🙁
    Any tips? I ruined that pot of paint.

  7. I have to say that I LOVE your daily blog. I finally found the inspiration to go forth and conquer the painting of my mess of a pine buffet (not anywhere NEAR what I would buy, but I did because of storage in my condo). I have stressed about this and looked at the ugliness for over 10 years. I’m very good at hiding the scars on this piece, but not so good at doing a whole face lift. I think I’m ready now, but still unsure of my decisions even though I have done many smaller projects. I’m sure not getting any younger so times a’wastein’– can you come over?

    • Thank you, Lindy!! I love that you are enjoying my makeovers and that you are feeling inspired to tackle your buffet! You have nothing to lose if you don’t love it as it is anyway right? I bet you will after you paint it…you CAN do it…you just need to take the first step! Wish I could come over lol…but you got this! 🙂

  8. Ahh, I love it! The quote is perfect. I am sure that the sad lady would be thrilled to know that you have lovingly preserved her bed.

  9. Catherine McDonnell says:

    I haven’t commented in a while, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been reading your posts everyday and continue to be amazed at your vision for creating beauty from the humblest of beginnings!!! Thank you again for sharing your multitude of talents everyday and for inspiring thousands!! Happy Easter!!!

    • Aww thanks, Catherine! It means a lot that you took the time to leave that sweet comment. I appreciate you following along even when you don’t! Happy Easter to you too! XO

  10. A sweet bench, the quote makes for a perfect finish

  11. As I was reading your post today I was thinking that the lady would have loved the transformation too. Just wondering…Do you have a special work area where you do all you magic?

    • I think so too…she seemed so sad to see her bed go, and I think she would be happy to know it will now be treasured for years to come. I work in my garage and on nicer days, I open the door and spill out into the driveway. I’m sure my neighbors love it. 🙂

  12. Gorgeous! I love your headboard/footboard bench. It’s one of the pretties I’ve seen. I have a headboard & footboard I’ve been thinking of making a bench from This gives me more incentive!
    Keep up your great projects.

  13. I love this and definitely think that the previous owner would approve. The saying that you put on the front of the bench is the icing on the cake. One of these days I want to try this project.

    • Thank you, Paula! When I find a bed for a bench project, I always put off getting started for some reason, but it really isn’t hard at all. You would rock a headboard bench with your mad DIY skills!

  14. The bench is awesome! I love it! Great makeover:)

  15. CCCCome OOOOn!!!!! I can barely hold a hammer and you are making “pocket holes”!!!!
    Another beauty!!!! VERY nice!!!!
    It would be nice if the original owner got it back.
    You are also a Sweetie, to always comment back on all the comments….thanks!!!!
    God Bless!!!
    Addie XXOO
    …funny thing….when I typed this I wrote, camera instead of hammer. Apparently, I cannot even think and type at the same time!!!

  16. The bench is absolutely beautiful!
    Such a sweet sweet saying you added.
    As always you did a wonderful job.

  17. Another one of your signature headboard/footboard benches Christy! Love this one too, especially the story behind it as well as your choice for the graphic. Nice!!!

  18. Christy,
    You did a beautiful job respecting the childhood bed and giving it a new purpose.
    Happy Creating,
    Karen Marie

  19. I sure love the sentiment in this makeover. It’s a beautiful transformation and I’m sure the original owner would gladly give her stamp of approval. 🙂

  20. What a great repurpose and sweet saying. Pinning and sharing.

  21. Oh how I love your bench and you did a beautiful job. One of these days I’m going to try to make one of these.

  22. I love this project too! I’ve been wanting to try making one of these, I’ll have to try and find a headboard and footboard at a garage sale this summer.

    Tania

  23. You did a great job on this and am sure it will become a cherished piece to be handed down.

  24. I’m going to make the leap to pocket holes. You pushed me over the edge. Girl, I am so impressed with your March Madness…I am not sure many people understand what all that takes from a blogging standpoint. You blow me away!!! Amazing!

    • Ha ha yes you can do it, Kim! And yes you are right, most people will never know the work involved to pull something like this off, but I love it because I have gained a loyal and supportive network of readers from it, and they are awesome…so totally worth it! 🙂

  25. You know how much I love a good headboard bench makeover! This one is fabulous, makes me want to work on another one real soon!
    ~Tami

  26. This is the BEST bed frame to bench makeover I have ever seen. Very cute

  27. Amazing! This is a fantastic repurpose and makeover. The bench looks beautiful and we love your quote. Well done!

  28. You make the best headboard benches! Period! And the saying is just perfect! Hope you had an amazing Easter!

  29. Marilyn Stein says:

    Christy, can you share the font you used for “together?” I’ve surfed hundred of script fonts, but I really like this one. Thanks.

  30. Marcie Lovett says:

    Crazy amazing!

  31. Julie Briones says:

    I SO want to do one of these… I’m just not sure I can find a place to put one in my Wee Abode. =/ I love these… and your B&B signs, too!

    • Thanks so much, Julie! I sold this one, and unfortunately I don’t have the space for one either! One would be perfect in an entry if space allowed. XO

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