Monday, September 13, 2010

THE Bench

It's done!  The Headboard Bench is finished and in place on my front porch.  Happiness!!

This won't be much of a tutorial since Gail over at  My Repurposed Life does it much better here.  In fact, we (ahem, my husband) followed her directions step by step which made it so easy!  At least, it sure looked easy from the sidelines :)

You'll remember we started with this...
Which quickly became this in the basement shop...
The sides are made of an old twin footboard that I had found months ago at the Goodwill.  Gail describes in detail how to build a box for your seat to rest on.  My husband got smart and bungeed (is that a word?) the headboard to a support post in our basement, thus keeping it stable while he worked.
Don't you just love the color of that pole?  Maybe I should do more in that color... Ha!
Before I knew it, the seat was filled out.  After a few hundred screws went in, or so it seemed, we carried it up to the 'studio' to be painted.
It was such a gorgeous day to paint!  Fall & Spring are my favorite seasons by far, especially living in Atlanta.  There was a nice breeze, sunny blue skies and neighbors out & about to chat with.  Perfection!
I'm a bit of a drippy painter.  Oh well.
The finished product.  Happy, happy!!  Notice, too, the old gate in the corner of my porch.  More on that later.

I LOVE it!!  Can't wait to start sitting there & watching my kids play in the yard.  Be on the lookout for that perfect headboard, and you can have a bench of your own!

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  1. wooohoooo! I love how well the sides match the original headboard! Yay! Doesn't it feel great to finish something all your own? :)
    I love how your bench turned out, thanks for linking to me. I will be sharing your post with my readers sometime this week. A LOT of people visit that tutorial link. Hardly anyone ever tells me they went there or links to me. THANKS a bunch!
    ps love the bungee technique! I have ONE place in my entire driveway that is level. That is where I have to work.

  2. Must .... have ... headboard bench. Very unattractive covetousness occurring at the Knitternall house. Just beautiful!!! Now, where's my drill. And jigsaw. And knowhow. Aw, forget it. I'll just admire from afar. (wink)

  3. Your bench is beautiful! I love also how you used a twin headboard for the sides! You both did a wonderful job!


  4. Wooo! I love me some headboard-to-benches :) Loverly....great job!

  5. That turned out great!!! I have seen these and the more I see them the more I want to do one!!! I have a huge king headboard in my basement...hmmmmm! That might be a little big! :)

  6. Way to go! I love it. I especially like the stiles on your headboard. I made a headboard bench back in early July. So rewarding. Thanks for sharing!


  7. this bench is gorgeous! and it looks rather "benchy" to me, an dnot like it used to be a headboard. great job!

  8. I absolutely LOVE this! I just showed my husband how great it turned out and he sighed and said "Add that one to your list of things for me to do". Pretty much!

    Thank you so much for sharing this!

  9. I love the bench! I am seriously stashing this idea away for when I find a cute lonely headboard :-) Great job! Im your newest follower too...thanks for the sweet comment on my armoire!

  10. What a clever idea! Nice that you have a handy husband to get this project made. It looks wonderful. I'm fond of benches and would have more here if we had the space. No long front porch on our house and no covered outdoor terrace, so our benches have to be inside. I like to put seasonal pillows on them. Thanks for sharing your project. Enjoy using this bench.

  11. Hi Kathie, thanks so much for joining in on my party. I love the bench, what a clever idea. It looks so great on your porch too. I bet the neighbors are in bench envy.

  12. Thanks for stopping by my Show Off Sunday Party. I look forward to seeing you next Sunday!!

  13. Love how this turned out-and the black-I think it's the new white!

  14. Wow, great job! Looks wonderful! I'd love to do a project like this in the future!

  15. Love this!!!! i just happen to have a few headboards in the basement that would be perfect and now that the garden season is ending I have the extra time!


    Love this!! Now I am going to have to go on the hunt for a bench! :). Thanks for the post!