This is my second ever headboard bench and I love it...not just because it is so cute, but because it was so fun to make. Check out my first HERE.
It is my puzzle bench...
Why a puzzle...because I made it from several random FREE parts, yes all parts of this bench were free materials I have
Lets see how it came together...
Since I did not have a footboard to match the headboard, I got creative with a footboard from a different bed. The only problem? The legs on the footboard were only 3 inches off of the floor. I needed longer legs.... I cut off the short legs, when I cut the footboard in half, and decided it was worth it to break up my set of four table legs.
Here is a quick break down of where I got everything,
Queen Headboard- Free section of Craigslist
Footboard- Curbed from someone's trash on the city trash removal weekend
Table legs- Free section of Craigslist, were in a pile with a lot of wood scraps
If you don't like to throw things away, like me....I have proof that small cuts at the end of a board come in handy....They filled those huge holes, and I save on spackle, sa-weet.
I know this is not a perfect tutorial (I wasn't blogging when I made it), if you need more specific details check out Gail's headboard bench tutorial Here. She is truly a pro at this!
I measured and cut the wood then drilled pocket holes on each end. I put the pocket hole facing the center so I wouldn't have to fill them. I also did check for level on this step as well, putting a scrap board from front to back resting on the aprons with the level on top of that, sorry no picture.
So, my point is I had to make sure this bench was super sturdy. The headboard was pretty flimsy and to make up for that I added these old deck posts, with pocket holes and glue. (by the way, they were in the garbage in the back of the Restore, so I asked, and they said I could have them for free!- Insert happy dance) (I used them also for extra support on the underside of my counter height bench and on my step stool) I'm telling you someone else's
I hope you noticed the seat has been glued and nailed down and all holes filled...we are ready to paint!
first bench by hand I knew I didn't want to hand paint this one...especially with all those pretty spindles! Sorry about the weird picture with some strange glares...
Problem...no money. But I did have some flat black spray paint that I had gotten on super clearance at Home Depot, for like, 75 cents a can. I am sure because it was flat, but I did have a couple of cans of glossy sealer too.....
I went with it. Luckily I had bought 6 cans of the black, I think I used 5. It is amazing how much paint you have to use to cover spindles. I only used two of the sealer, but it made it look much better than the flat black.
Very pretty in black.
As I mentioned above it was a gift to my in-laws. A small measure of gratitude for helping watch our kids...
It looks so cute on their back porch!
Do you have an old headboard/footboard laying around? Maybe you should make a bench too....
I will be linking to these parties.