Friday, July 23, 2010

headboard bench~

A little while ago we made ourselves a taller headboard by tacking trim directly to the wall and then painting the inside.  

I wanted to make a bench out of the old headboard.




I totally have to give The Joe props on this project. I started making it on my own and he jumped in and offered to help. I'm glad he did, because he taught me a few things that I wouldn't have considered. First we measured the inside of the headboard in between the legs and cut some support boards.  We just used pieces of wood that we already had in our garage so we wouldn't have to spend any money.  We used a 2x4 for the back support and a piece of wood from an old bunk bed for the front and side supports.


We snagged the legs off of a kitchen table for the front legs and also popped the corner supports off so we could copy them.  


I wasn't even thinking about the bench being way too tall. The Joe told me to measure the height of a regular chair and we should cut the legs down to match.  


We put the bottom support system together and then used a piece of 3/4'' mdf for the the seat.  We had a few measuring frustrations along the way, and we were both pretty tired from shoveling rocks into our backyard all week, but I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out!



Paint{Blue Sea Spray} by Glidden



22 comments:

  1. What a great idea!! I love how both turned out!

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  2. wow love this its going into my wanna do bin!!

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  3. *sigh* I still want those pillows. :)

    Love the new bench!

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  4. What a great job. I would never have guessed that this bench had a former life. Beautiful.
    Traci

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  5. It's amazing what you create Andy and Joe! Just wondering about the kitchen table that you took 2 legs from. What are you gonna make out of that?

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  6. I love how your bench turned out and very thrifty too.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  7. I just found your blog today and I'm hooked, what a beautiful family, and oh those babies are sooo cute. I will be looking back over your older post and getting caught up!

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  8. I love the bench! It turned out fantastic!!!!

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  9. Great bench! I love the paint and distressing. The kitchen table legs were a great idea, and a great shape too.

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  10. I love everything about your bench! I love the color! ya'll did a fabulous job!
    gail

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  11. That turned out great! I love it!!

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  13. Andy, that is DARLING!!!! Great job! What a great color too! LOVE IT :)

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  14. I love your site! I featured your adorable headboard today over at Sassy Sites. I am posting DIY Headboards... come by and check it out! :)

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  15. L-o-v-e the bench! Great Job!

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  17. L O V E!!!!! So amazingly cute and seriously wish I had somewhere to put one in my tiny apartment. When I get a bigger place, I'm so doing this!

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  18. I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the new Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :) My hope is to share many of the fabulous projects I see everyday with the vast CG audience. I hope you will not only stop by and subscribe to CG, but will tell your friends about the new category! Hope you see some traffic from it!

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  19. I LOVE this!! I love love love that color! This is just gorgeous, great job!

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  20. Great Idea. It turned out wonderful. I love the color!
    ~Heidi

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~Andy