Repurposed Headboard Bench | Farmhouse Style

Heather Cammack
by Heather Cammack
5 Materials
3 Hours

Don't toss your old headboard or pass up that broken bed at the thrift store. You can easily make yourself a super cool and unique bench with a wooden headboard and foot board. Check out this quick tutorial, and find out how I transformed a $5.00 headboard and foot board pair into a beautiful farmhouse style bench.

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I snagged this headboard and foot board pair at my favorite thrift store for $5.00. It was actually headed to the dump because it came with broken side boards.

If you can find a bed with sideboards, you can re-purpose them to make your bench supports. Since my headboard didn't come with the rails/sideboards, I used some 2x4's instead.

I used a gray chalk paint, gel stain, and poly acrylic to finish the headboard bench. Not only did I gel stain the 2x6 bench boards, but I used the gel stain over the chalk paint as a glaze. This paint on, wipe off technique helps give the headboard bench details more dimension.

I sealed the whole bench and seat with poly acrylic. Then it was ready to live it's life as a bench. I think this unique piece would make a great statement on a front porch or in the entryway.

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  • Monique Monique on Jun 25, 2020

    Gorgeous until you stained the seat.part brown....why?

  • Leslie Leslie on Jun 27, 2020

    Can you please give details about how you attached the footboard to the headboard, forming the sides of the bench?? You skipped that part. (I don't suppose you have photos...)

  • Trudi White Trudi White on Oct 22, 2023

    I have a twin headboard & footboard that I would like to use for a computer desk that would hide the tower & possibly the printer/scanner/copier (it is monster size). any ideas?

    history of pieces. Also have the dresser. These are seen inChristmas Story. Ralphie has these in his bedroom. I will be using the dresser, but have a vintage metal double bed frame to use in the guest/computer room.

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  • Jain Jain on Jun 25, 2020

    No question. just this is the best thing I have ever seen on this sight. It looks fantastic

  • Todd Blackwell Todd Blackwell on Jul 25, 2020

    You’ve inspired me to try this...I found an awesome headboard and footboard for $20!!!

    this weekends project:)