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French Farmhouse Headboard Bench

Several years ago, I picked up a french provincial head and foot board at a garage sale for $5. (ETA: There were no side rails, which is why it was only $5.) I intended to make a bench with it but when I got it home, I realized the foot board was much too low to attach the seat. So, it languished in my shop. Sometimes, it takes a long time for problem-solving inspiration to strike.
Several months ago, inspiration struck. Why not put the seat platform up where it should be and put baskets in the open space?! As you can see, that's just what I did. I purchased the baskets from Ikea first so I would know what size to make the openings. Because this was a design-as-you-build project with lots of fiddle-factor, I didn't make a tutorial. There are lots of them online, anyway. I do have a few progress shots to give you an idea how I built it.
I used mostly scrap wood but I did buy bead board for the ends and some trim for the front.
I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Napoleonic Blue and sealed it with Rustoleum ultimate polyurethane in matte. Visit my blog post for more details!

To see more: http://oldewindmillfarm.blogspot.com/2015/09/french-farmhouse-headboard-bench.html?m=1

Ask the creator about this project

  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Sep 10, 2015

    This is beyond stunning! Amazing job!

  • Vicki Rogers
    Vicki Rogers Splendora, TX
    on Sep 10, 2015

    @Rachel @ The Olde Farmhouse... Oh my goodness, I LOVE this!!

  • Cyndi Dimanno-Valentine
    Cyndi Dimanno-Valentine Maryville, TN
    on Sep 15, 2015


  • Gael G
    Gael G Saint Louis, MO
    on Sep 15, 2015

    Simply lovely!

  • Donna Marie Mallet
    Donna Marie Mallet Cedar Rapids, IA
    on Sep 15, 2015

    I appreciate all the hard work that goes into every project on this page. This one is one of the best I've seen. Nice work!

  • Barb Bonar Goins
    Barb Bonar Goins Wyandotte, MI
    on Sep 15, 2015

    This is one of the nicest "bed benches" I've seen yet!

  • Carol Harris
    Carol Harris Jonesboro, AR
    on Sep 15, 2015

    its beautiful

  • Deb Rygh
    Deb Rygh Des Moines, IA
    on Sep 15, 2015

    Way beyond beautiful!

  • Eileen M
    Eileen M Barker, NY
    on Sep 15, 2015

    I've never commented on Hometalk before but I have to here. This is the most gorgeous breathtaking bed to bench project I've ever seen. I almost didn't click on the link because the bed to bench concept has been pretty played out but this? This is original and stunning!!

  • Carol Brown
    Carol Brown Belding, MI
    on Sep 15, 2015

    Awesome!! Love it!

  • Julie h
    Julie h Albany, OR
    on Sep 15, 2015

    Beautiful & blue is my favorite color too.

  • Wendy Meyer
    Wendy Meyer Joplin, MO
    on Sep 15, 2015

    This is my favorite project of everything I have seen on hometalk. It is beautiful. Also, the first time I have ever left a comment.

  • Carolyn B
    Carolyn B San Antonio, TX
    on Sep 15, 2015

    Absolutely love this!!

  • Katrina Warren
    Katrina Warren Levelland, TX
    on Sep 15, 2015

    @Rachel @ The Olde Farmhouse... Oooohhh......... PRETTY! <3 it!

  • Geneva
    Geneva Cynthiana, KY
    on Sep 15, 2015

    This is georgous!!!! My favorite color, blue & white!!

  • Gay Renner
    Gay Renner Canton, IL
    on Sep 15, 2015

    Love it!

  • Tina Wallace
    Tina Wallace North Platte, NE
    on Sep 15, 2015

    I love this!!

  • Renee
    Renee Joshua, TX
    on Sep 15, 2015

    One of my favs I've seen on Hometalk~

  • PennyB9
    PennyB9 Muskogee, OK
    on Sep 15, 2015

    Absolutely beautiful!

  • Faheera Ghaus
    Faheera Ghaus Saudi Arabia
    on Sep 15, 2015

    Great way to recycle.......I like it😄

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