My question is : Does anyone have ideas to give me on making a bench ?

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I have already made one bench which turned out nice, but this one is a little different. I
have already cleaned and sanded area that needed cut the one in and down for it was
two headboards. I had to make one smaller for the sides. This is more open than the other so I'm stumped on color and just how to go about this one. Help give me ideas so I may finish this one up.
my question is does anyone have ideas to give me on making a bench, diy, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, This is the original and there are two just the same both are head boards
This is the original and there are two just the same,both are head boards.
my question is does anyone have ideas to give me on making a bench, diy, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, Now I have cut the one in half and shortened the legs so it will fit better
Now I have cut the one in half and shortened the legs so it will fit better.
my question is does anyone have ideas to give me on making a bench, diy, outdoor furniture, painted furniture, repurposing upcycling, I will attach the sides but not sure what kind of style color I would like it to really be a eye stopper Thanks
I will attach the sides but not sure what kind of style,color. I would like it to really be a eye stopper. Thanks
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  • Donna Byram Donna Byram on Aug 17, 2014
    Instead of the normal arms, why not slant the arms so the front of the seat is wider than the back of the seat. Build a platform for a tufted cushion. Tried to find one to show as an example but didn't have any luck, so it would be different. Paint it a dark burgundy and keep the gold stripe but use a darker gold. Photos are an example of the material and colors.

  • Christine Brown Christine Brown on Aug 18, 2014
    Use palletts,ever truck driver has them. Make seat and set outside. All you would have to but is some paint, maybe and old metal swing set, chains and sit outside. People will love it. Dont buy ugly cushion , bright and colorful. The pallet coould make into something to swing your new outdoor swing

  • Joan Raines Joan Raines on Aug 18, 2014
    I have a headboard almost exactly like this and everyone is making benchs now so I cut off the legs and put screw eyes on the bottom edge and hung Sweet Annie and other drieds and hung it on the wall. It would also be cute in a girls room to hang her jewelry, hats, scarves, whatever. Mine also has 2 panels which I will be decoupaging a french motif in when I find just the right thing

  • Jackie D Jackie D on Aug 22, 2014
    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas. There just not enough ideas, I would like some more ideas that are different.

  • Maggie Maggie on Aug 23, 2014
    Jackie Hope the following images from the net help for some ideas - I just googled benches with storage and clicked on images and wow the ideas kept coming. Maggie

    • Jackie D Jackie D on Aug 23, 2014
      @Maggie, Thank you very much ! This is going to help me with different idea's and when I'm done I will post it, Thanks again.

  • Mcgypsy9 Mcgypsy9 on Aug 23, 2014
    Jackie...what are you planning on doing with this after you finish it? Will it go outside like your other one, or is this going in the house somewhere? If you could give me more of an idea of what your plans are for it, that would help.

    • Jackie D Jackie D on Aug 26, 2014
      @Mcgypsy9@aol.com Thank you so much that is a very good question and I thought I had mentioned it. Its a surprise for my daughter whom is in the process of buying a home (not yet). I just know colorful something with a pop effect. It will most likely be used for flowers of sorts. Would love some feed back .... Thanks.

  • Mcgypsy9 Mcgypsy9 on Aug 26, 2014
    Thanks Jackie for commenting....I would sand down the top and bottom of the headboard in the middle, (the ones between the poles) and leave those a natural wood, then paint the poles a solid color and the sides of the headboard a contrasting color. Do the same with the poles and sides of the footboard that you cut in half. Then add a contrasting painted square box to the inside (like where you would sit if it were a bench) BUT I would put that way at the bottom of the frames so you can see the bottom of the headboard. Just in case she might want to move it later, I would also add wheels to the bottom. Fill with dirt and lots of beautiful flowing flowers. OH and by the way, I grew up in the North Highlands area and still have a daughter there in Lincoln.

    • Jackie D Jackie D on Aug 28, 2014
      @Mcgypsy9@aol.com I want to thank you, your idea sounds great and I'm think of going with it. Maybe changes on seat or box's for flowers. I will draw this out and the vision I have in my head looks good. Thanks a lot. Oh which one grew up in North Highlands ? My husband grew up there and graduated form Highlands in 1968 ? Him and his sister went there, she was a year ahead of him. Some where between 1967- 68,69? Small world. Thanks again.

  • Mcgypsy9 Mcgypsy9 on Aug 28, 2014
    Hey Jackie...yes it was I that graduated from Highlands also, but it was 1972. I do have a couple of friends that went there in your husbands year. Pelfrey and Supplee were their last names. Yes it sure is a small world..we have traveled a lot over the years and have met people the we have known in some way and it is just amazing just how small it really is. Good luck with your bench and post some pics of it when you finish, would love to see it!!