From Headboard To Reclaimed Wood Bench

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At the beginning of summer I found a great deal on a bedroom set. The set was in decent shape, but the one part of the set I didn't really want was the headboard. I bought it anyway, then brought it home and figured out what to do with it...make a bench!
With a little help from my 10 year old Son, I was able to take items we had on hand to build this fun bench.
I started with 2 X 4 lumber we had leftover from a workshop project. From this I made a base, along with reclaimed wood I had in the garage.
Once the base was built, I added reclaimed wood slats to the seat, then added legs. The legs came from an old chair I found in a dumpster. It was broken and a mess, but I knew I could use parts of it to make something else. The legs worked perfect for the front of the bench.
Once it was all assembled, I sanded and stained the reclaimed wood seat. The stain I used was Dark Walnut by Minwax. I painted the headboard and the front legs in a combo of Chalk Paint™ by Annie Sloan in Graphite and Pure white. Once everything was dry I sealed it with dark wax for the seat and clear for the back and legs.
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Here's the bench all finished
This is the headboard before
This is the chair my Son broke apart so we could use those cute legs.
Almost done!
Here's where the bench sits now. We have a brick courtyard at the front of our home. This is a nice place to sit and have a cup of coffee in the morning!

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  • Kerriann Simon Kerriann Simon on Oct 18, 2016
    Amazing how creative you are. I love it Mel.

  • Chris Chris on Sep 12, 2020

    I’ve wanted to do something very close to this and (make a swing from a twin head board) and I think You inspired me to this!