Hello beautiful friends and welcome to Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday!! Turning old or forgotten items into new treasures is my absolute favorite, and it is even more fun when I get to do it with some of my favorite treasure-maker friends! Be sure to look for links to their projects at the bottom.
Today I am breathing new life into this headboard bench I picked up at a craft market about 15 years ago:
This was long before I had ever attempted a headboard bench of my own. I was smitten with it when saw it and just had to buy it, but over the years it has started to show its age for sure, including those pesky knots you see on the seat. My mom has had this in her guest bedroom for the last several years and recently asked if I wanted it back.
I decided it needed a fresh new look, so I stepped out of my norm to freshen this one up:
Better, no? I rarely use black anymore but I knew this would look sleek and classic in a black finish.
There were a lot of things I didn’t notice about this bench when I bought it, like the way the screws had been puttied over but not sanded very nicely…
The same goes for the seat screws:
I was able to sand them all smooth before applying the new paint color. The black paint hid any other flaws that were easily visible before also.
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One of the four corner posts has been cut off on the top also, which I never noticed when I bought it, but I think that only adds to the charm.
To paint this piece, I dug around in my stash looking for a black color. I found an old can of Country Chic paint in Liquorice which was just perfect. I gave it two coats and then sealed with General Finishes High Performance Topcoat in a flat finish, using my favorite brush for applying topcoats.
As you can see, it still has a nice subtle sheen without being too shiny:
I didn’t do any sanding this time as I didn’t want any of the off-white underneath to show through.
To add a little something to the back, I found this oval plaque at Hobby Lobby:
I painted it white in my Bit of Sugar DIY chalk paint and then sanded it to get a shabby look. I sealed it in the same sealer I used on the bench. Adding your house numbers would be a great idea here too.
What do you think about this sweet bench’s new look? It’s not my normal bright and coastal, but I enjoyed doing something a little different this time!
For a how-to on creating a bench from an old headboard and footboard, click HERE!
Don’t forget my girls have treasures of their own to share today! Click the links below the image to see how their makeovers turned out!
I’ll be back on Thursday sharing what I did with this chair that my Hubby put his foot through:
UPDATE: Come see what I made from this chair HERE now! 🙂
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