Garden bench


I made a bench out of an old bed. I'd seen these before, but not in Julee colors! Here are before, during and after photos...
This is the finished bench. The colors remind me of a gypsy wagon. I toiled over the colors for a year and finally was inspired by the color on a plastic tumbler. I took it to the lumber yard and they matched the color.
This is the bed how I bought it from the thrift store for $35.00.
This is the bed with the footboard turned upside down and it fashioned into a bench before the painting started.
Got it all sanded and primed and still had no idea what color it was going to be.
First color. Deciding what should be what color was the fun part!

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3 questions
  • Patty
    on Mar 9, 2016

    Is this for just putting pots of flowers on? I don't see how anyone could sit on it with the curved edge on top.

    • Luci McMullen
      on Mar 9, 2016

      You could put s cushion on it.

    • Colette
      on Mar 17, 2016

      I think it is a bench for potted plants. A colourful bench for fun and adds a burst of colour to your garden. I do not believe it was built with the intention of seating.

    • Julee S
      on Apr 23, 2016

      Hi, Julee here. The bench was made for putting pots and decorations on however a fishin could be made for sitting.

    • Becky
      on Jun 16, 2016

      you could trim the top off of the footboard where the top disign starts and make it a bench

    • Becky
      on Jun 16, 2016

      Love this. So much you could do with it. Cut out holes in the bench part and put the flower pots inside the holes.

    • Me
      on Jun 26, 2016

      That is awesome!! I bet the whole yard looks fantastic with that blast of colour! I made a bench from a single bed frame for a little girls room I cut the foot board in half and used the two pcs as the arms then screwed the seat slats & front support on & painted it. I found cushions for the seat and made pillows for the back since the pix were taken.

      , Child s bench from a bunk bed frame
  • B
    on Mar 23, 2016

    What kind of paint did you use to hold up in outside weather?

    • Ktr5593255
      on Apr 20, 2016

      Any exterior paint would work

    • Julee S
      on Apr 23, 2016

      I used exterior paint.

    • Karla Dykes
      on Jul 10, 2016

      If you are getting fancy with decoupage, put a couple of coats of marine clear varnish on it. It will seal and help keep colors bright.

  • DEE
    on Jun 16, 2016

    you left out the part on how you made the bench part and how you connected it.

    • Jennifer Suzanne Bryan
      on Jun 16, 2016

      yeah I was kinda wondering that myself. I'm the type of person that needs step by step directions!

    • Sru6399640
      on Jun 26, 2016

      Yes. Please share the construction.. I have an Antique headboard and I had My son cut the footboard in half , I want to construct a bench.. I am worried about how to connect the pieces to the headboard with out them possible splitting.. appreciate your ideas. It may be helpful , thanks

    • Karla Dykes
      on Jul 10, 2016

      I made a wooden box the dimensions I need to fit the head and foot board. Attach head and foot board to box using wood screws. Also if you know it will be holding heavy items, add a little extra strength by applying some wood glue to box before attaching head and foot boards.

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