Amazing Friends, I have a super sweet furniture makeover to share today! My Furniture Fixer Upper Friends and I get together the fourth Thursday every month to share furniture makeovers. They have their own transformations to share as well so be sure to look for them at the bottom!
I shared a peek of my project piece on Tuesday:
I picked this headboard up at a yard sale for $10 last Summer. How could I not bring this home for that price?
If you’ve been around here a while, you know exactly what I did with this set…
I made it into a sweet bench, of course!
I love how this one turned out.
I was a little unsure at first because the footboard was quite low. That meant the side pieces wouldn’t come up very high…
But it totally works.
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The back of the headboard was very plain, so I added up this wooden applique (find it HERE) to give it some charm:
I’ll walk you through steps just in case you’re in the market to create your own headboard bench.
To turn this bed set into a bench, I first used my sliding miter saw (I have this one HERE.) to cut each footboard piece to a depth of 18″:
These two pieces will make up the sides of the bench.
I used my Kreg Jig Jr (Find it HERE.) to drill two pocket holes where the sides will join the back:
You just set the ring on the drill bit that comes with the kit to the correct position, based on how thick your piece of wood is, and drill into the Kreg Jig Jr until you reach the ring. (THIS is my favorite drill!)
A perfect pocket hole will be left behind:
These are perfect for adjoining anything in a 90 degree angle.
I was able to attach the new side pieces to the back perfectly!
The old bed rails if you have them work great for this next step, but if you don’t have them, a 1 X 4 works fine too.
The headboard almost always has a piece at the right height for the seat, so you will need to add a similar piece for across the front of your new bench:
I used my Kreg Jig Jr again here…
Then I used a level to make sure the front and back pieces were even. (Be sure to construct your bench on a level surface.)
I used my sliding miter saw to cut the seat slats, that are also made of 1 X 4s that I picked up at Home Depot. (I used a total of four boards at around $6 each for this project.)
I did not attach the seat slats at this point. I lightly sanded them all and did a dry fit to see how they would look…
In the above photo, you can see I also filled in the pocket holes with this wood filler.
Before I painted everything, I stained the seat pieces and front piece with these staining cloths. They are water clean-up and dry in less than an hour…perfect for this purpose!
This was after one coat…I gave them two:
That is so when I paint and sand, you will see the darker stain coming through instead of new wood.
When they were dry, I painted them with two coats of DIY Chalk Paint in Behr’s Bit of Sugar. (Recipe HERE.) Then I followed with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax.
Next I added the wooden applique to the back of the bench with wood glue and held in place with clamps:
When it was dry I painted the bench in three coats of Behr’s Bit of Sugar made into DIY Chalk Paint as well, followed by a good sanding with 220 grit sandpaper, and Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax to seal.
You can find my detailed chalk painting tutorial for furniture HERE.
I attached the seat slats with my nail gun (I have this one HERE.) to finish it off. I didn’t bother to fill in the holes left by the nail gun. You can see here also how staining the seat slats first allowed the darker color to come through when sanding:
This pretty bench looks perfectly at home with my new faux stone wall, don’t you think? (If you missed that post, you can find it HERE.)
The decorative piece on the back adds such a sweet detail…
Remember my solution for inexpensive wall décor for my dining room? See how this “painting” came to be HERE.
My friends are sharing their own furniture flips today as well! See how they transformed these treasures at the links below the image!
I can’t wait to see what they did as well!
I hope you enjoyed my makeover! I really cannot pass up a good deal on a headboard. They are like blank canvases! Here are 10 more headboards I repurposed in some way:
See what I did with them all HERE!
I’ll see you back here on Tuesday to share what I did with these old side pieces from our coffee table:
UPDATE: See what these scrap pieces became HERE now!
Have a great weekend!!
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