Wednesday, November 10, 2010

bench, take 3. and a GIVE-AWAY!

Wow, thank you all for your interest in the Shutterfly offer!  I went to sleep right after I posted that, and thank goodness for time-dated emails because I got emails from 62 of you (and another 10 or so on facebook) that you wanted the promo cards... and I only had 7!!!  Yikes!  They are on their way today to the first people I heard from :)

A great GIVE-AWAY is coming up!  When we reach 300 followers (we are 4 shy right now) I have something anyone can use to give away... A $100 Visa Card!  As I posted last night, someone who may or may not be related to me (I'll never tell) who is SO excited about this blog and my little business, has donated the $100 Visa card for the give away.  And after the response I got from the Shutterfly thingie, I might just add a Shutterfly gift card in the mix, too!  All you have to do to win is be a follower :)

Onto the bench...

So, we had the most gorgeous bench on our front porch.  Remember it?

My husband convinced me to list it, so I did.  I wasn't happy about it, but I did it.  And of course it sold.  Rather quickly I might add.

So, what to do with a sad & empty porch?

Build a new bench!

 This headboard was the starting point.  I picked this up a few months ago at the Goodwill in Woodstock.  I'm not sure I could even tell you why I was in Woodstock to begin with, but obviously it was meant to be!
 This set of headboards was split up so that one of them could become the sides of the bench.  The other one is still awaiting assignment.

As always, I want to give credit where credit is due.  Gail from My Repurposed Life has the greatest build-a-bench-from-a-headboard tutorial on the planet.  We've used it every time (well,  3 times now, and working on number 4).  Thank you, Gail!
 Before the bench is painted, it makes me laugh.  It looks like such a random mish-mash, doesn't it?
 With primer, it suddenly looks more unified.
 First coat of paint.
And, the finished bench, where it was meant to be.  My sister, who is usually very observant, didn't even notice that it was a different bench.  In her defense, it is the same size, same color & the same pillows are on it.  But to me, they are drastically different!

I will tell you that these pictures were taken early Sunday morning before church, and there was frost on the bench... so the paint looks splotchy!  But in 'real life' it isn't.

It's amazing how much a little frost spot will show up with a DSLR zoom lens :)  I'll get back out there & take some new pictures soon, but in the meantime try to enjoy these!

Hope you enjoy it, we sure are!

Linking to:
Between Naps on the Porch Metamorphosis Monday
Cottage Instinct's Make it for Monday
Hooking up with House of Hepworths
Miss Mustard Seed's Furniture Feature Friday
My repurposed Life's Catch as Catch Can
Blue Cricket Design's Show & Tell Wednesday
Domestically Speaking's Power of Paint Party
Primitive & Proper's Piece of Work Wednesday
The Shabby Chic Cottage's Transformation Thursday


  1. This is fantastic! I seen these before but yours is the best ever!

  2. That turned out so great! I really love the headboard your chose!!

  3. love the black with the tan pillows- classic and warm!

  4. It looks great! I have 2 beds on the front porch that are destined to be benches.... Yours always look amazing. Gail does ROCK. I love looking at all of hers too.

  5. so lovely! I can't wait to try this! I think I'm going to make more of a day bed though, The next time you do this, can you include step by step photos? I really want to see the process, so I can be more confident to try it myself :)

  6. This is stunning and what I love about these beds converted into benches - one of a kind my friend. No one has one like it. Beautiful job Kathie. Congrats on the 300 followers - cannot wait for the giveaway!

  7. This is beautiful! Thinking that you just may need to list this one, too!

  8. I am so excited, I saw a bench similar to this on Nienie and wanted to turn my old bed into one,and now I know how to. Thanks!

  9. These are absolutely gorgeous. Who would have thought to make a cute bench from headboards.

  10. Stopping by from the Power of Paint Party! Second time I came across this bench today and wanted to tell you I think that is an awesome combination! One of a kind!

  11. That is a beautiful bench. Love the uniqueness of it. I have a twin headboard I have been wanting to do this with. I guess I better get started.

  12. I have always wanted a bench like that.Beautiful!

  13. Hi Kathie! i love your makeovers of furniture (sorry for my english, i´m spanish). i have a similar blog and i follow you forever! kisses

  14. Love it! I am on such a 'paint it black' kick. Great job! xoxo

  15. Adore!!! I will be faturing this amazing tute on BCD on Monday! Thanks for linking!!!

  16. What a stunning bench... love it black! Thanks for sharing at the PoPP... I'm putting your bench in the Spotlight.

  17. FANTASTIC. I love the pics. I am going to save the link to your post you use to do these. I have an old hand turned 3/4 bed from my Grandfather, and the mattress size is too small to practically use the bed so I had decided to turn it into a bench, repurposing it, because no WAY would I ever get rid of it. Thanks so much for the tutorial and the inspiration. The black paint looks great. Superb metamorphosis.

  18. way cool! thanks for linking to me again! I really appreciate it. It really is one of my most popular posts, but rarely do people credit me when they use it. THANKS!
    congrats on ALL the features! Ouch about the hand! AND PS I "followed" you a long time ago, but not showing up in my reader. I am going to manually add you to my reader right now!
    have a great day!