Hello amazing friends!! Welcome to Furniture Fixer Upper Day!
I love reviving old furniture and once a month I get to do it with five other super talented ladies! Be sure to look for links to their makeovers at the bottom of this post.
Today I am sharing what I did with this bed I scored at the thrift store for $15 well over a year ago:
I’ve mentioned before that I rarely pass up a good twin headboard, and to find one already painted was a bonus! The paint job wasn’t so hot, but it did make a great base coat for this makeover.
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And of course the title gave it away…I turned it into another bench!
It has kind of a coastal feel don’t you think?
I love the spindly parts of this bed and decided to highlight those a bit more by painting a few sections white using a small brush…
So I came home from our trip Monday afternoon and still had not decided what furniture piece I was going to share for our Furniture Fixer Upper post. I knew I couldn’t back out on my girls so I went looking though my stash to see what I could find, and this bench that had been sitting halfway done in the garage since January gave me the side-eye. I knew this was the push I needed to get her finished.
I hit a roadblock back when I started this project back in January because the headboard, which makes up the back of the bench, didn’t have a piece across the back that was at the right hight for a seat like most headboards have:
Instead it had two slats across the back…one was too low to hold the seat slats and the other too high. Also to hold the seat slats at the front, I would need to add a piece of wood across the front, but it would butt up next to the spindly parts on either side, which I thought could be weird. (Visit this post HERE to see how I got to this point.)
I finally decided that I didn’t have too many options and started working on attaching the 1×4 across the front. I drilled a small pilot hole first for my screw, then drilled a shallow hole with a drill bit large enough to allow my screw heads to sink below the surface…
I used 2 1/2″ wood screws.
Then I filled the holes in with wood filler. I added another piece across the back the same way:
Now I had both a front and back piece for which to attach my seat slats, and the front piece didn’t look too weird against the spindle parts. I attached the seat slats using my nail gun:
I used pre-primed 1X6 boards from the Home Depot for the seat pieces.
Everything got two coats of the Annie Sloan French Linen/white mix. Then I painted the white spindle details, taped off the stripes on the back using FrogTape for delicate surfaces, and gave them two coats of Behr’s Bit of Sugar DIY chalk paint:
I removed the tape immediately after the second coat. See how I measure out perfect stripes HERE.
Stripes always give pieces a costal vibe to me, so I use them often.
You can see how I made that simple greenery wreath HERE.
Revisit my yard sale picnic baskets that I spray painted and embellished a bit, including this one under the bench, HERE.
That little wire caddy got a do-over HERE.
Now this pretty lady won’t be taunting me in her half-finished state any more!
I just love headboard benches, don’t you?? This is my very favorite one HERE!
Don’t forget my friends are sharing makeovers today too…even more inspiration for you!
Looking for even more inspiration? Visit all my Furniture Fixer Upper Makeovers HERE!
I’ll be back on Tuesday with this very rustic cabinet I picked up for $12:
UPDATE: See how I gave this cabinet a cool coastal-inspired makeover HERE now! 🙂
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