Upcycled Headboard Bench

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Last summer I spotted this headboard at a church sale. It was sitting off to the side with a sticker that said, "make offer.” It had been damaged in a rain storm the night before so the veneer started to bubble and peel. What made it unattractive to others, meant a good deal for me!

Have you seen the headboard benches online? Some people use them as an outdoor bench, others as an entryway piece. I just always wanted to build one. So I grabbed this headboard and footboard set; I knew it would make a fabulous headboard bench.

The building of a bench like this is pretty basic, with a little patience, wood glue and just a couple of tools it can be a rewarding project, even for a beginner. 

Building things with a combination of old and new wood always looks a little rough before it's finished. But keep going, grab that can of paint and watch it come to life! 

I removed the peeling veneer, primed the piece with a stain blocker and then, I painted it in an Antique White Milk Paint. 

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Now it's the perfect creamy white. I had to distress these details to make them pop; it's just such an elegant piece. 

For comfort this bench needs a simple cushion, it brings in a bit of pattern and softens the piece. 

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  • Tho30031865 Tho30031865 on Apr 20, 2018

    very pretty! How did you disguise the uneven surface at the edges of the veneer?

  • Marrianne Rudy Marrianne Rudy on Apr 20, 2018

    FANTASTIC and GORGEOUS!!! Curious how much of the $40 you spent on the bed itself......

  • Dianab Dianab on Apr 23, 2018

    great job

    the footboard is gorgeous, what are your plans for it ?


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  • Mousie Girl Mousie Girl on May 07, 2018

    Wow! I love that you took what you had and made a beautiful , useable piece. So nice.

  • Leslie Leslie on May 18, 2021

    Hi Jenni, I am saying this in all truthfulness. This redo into a bench is gorgeous. It is the only one I have seen so far that looks like this is what it was made to be. Did you think to add some delicate scrollwork to the headboard? You can either make a silicone mold yourself, buy one or if you have a steady hand make some scrollwork on wax paper with hot glue to paint and glue to the head board. I know the design I would do but everyone has their own taste. Research will give you ideas. Usually that style bed had flourishes sometimes over the top but nothing grandiose for this :).