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:
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:
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.
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…
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:
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…
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…
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.
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.
I cut these to fit and attached with my nail gun. I sealed everything with Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax.
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:
I used my favorite old-school transfer method found HERE, to add this to the back of the bench.
I love how it turned out. It does have a farmhouse feel, no?
Here’s another headboard I transformed into a bench:
Looking for more Farmhouse inspired furniture makeovers? Check out my friends’ projects below!
I’ll be back tomorrow sharing what I did with this little farmhouse stool:
UPDATE: Shazam! See it HERE now!
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