Making a Bench From Head & Foot Boards

$20
2 Weeks
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If you're like me, you may think that making a bench from a head and foot board would be an easy task. Then, you'd be as wrong as I was! It was challenging, but do-able!
I found this great head and foot board at a garage sale for $20. I would have asked her to take less, but I was a bumbling idiot because I was so giddy over the idea of being able to do this!!! And, I knew it was a great price!
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Ta-Da!  I love her!
Ta-Da! I love her!
This was the original headboard.  There were some cosmetic issues.
This was the original headboard. There were some cosmetic issues.
I had originally planned on saving this topper, but later decided that it made the bench look too much like a bed so I decided to leave it off.
I had originally planned on saving this topper, but later decided that it made the bench look too much like a bed so I decided to leave it off.
Here's the footboard.
Here's the footboard.
We cut the footboard in two with a circular saw.
We cut the footboard in two with a circular saw.
Using two clamps, I was able to steady and level the seat.
Using two clamps, I was able to steady and level the seat.
We used one of the sideboards of the bed frame to connect the two sides of the foot board.
We used one of the sideboards of the bed frame to connect the two sides of the foot board.
Here's the previous picture on the seat area.
Here's the previous picture on the seat area.
The support boards act as the seat.
The support boards act as the seat.
There had been a gap between those support boards and the back of the bench.  I put the other side rail at the back.
There had been a gap between those support boards and the back of the bench. I put the other side rail at the back.
I filled in all the screw holes after screwing the boards together.
I filled in all the screw holes after screwing the boards together.
I painted her in Annie Sloan in Old White.
I painted her in Annie Sloan in Old White.
Then, I clear and dark waxed her.
Then, I clear and dark waxed her.
Rachel @I'llJustPaintIt.com

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  • Toni Teague
    on Sep 17, 2013

    I love re-purposing projects. Thanks for sharing. I have a 75 year old double bed that I may make into a bench once I find a replacment bed I like. This was a great idea.

  • Betty Geist
    on Feb 27, 2015

    This is gorgeous If I live near you I be there in a heart beat :(

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