Saturday, April 2, 2011

Making an Ugly Headboard a Bench

I found this old ugly kingsized headboard at Pawprints... (our local thrift store that benefits the humane society) for a whopping $10 and new I could make a bench out of this. We live in the southwest so it had the perfect style for our outdoor decor.

I spent $25-30 on lumber and hardware so I could add the seat and reinforce the frame. the best tutorial for making a headboard bench can be found on this amazing blog "my repourposed life"

The tutorial shows you step by step how to frame it, use "L" brackets for extra support and where to put what!  She also has so many different examples of headboard benches you might see a one you already have!   This project took me one full day from start to finish.  The only help I needed was to get those final screws in. This bench doesn't rock, its sturdy and I love it.  I do think i'm gonna keep this one.

see the front railing and the center finial
the finished headboard bench!

our new front entrance~


  1. Connie, Do you know that Headboard Bench Tutorial is the most searched term for my blog. Rarely does anyone actually tell me they used my tutorial and show me the end result. Thanks for that!
    You bench looks great, and what a perfect spot for it!
    Thanks for the shout out! I'll be including this on my Saturday post Recent Comments & Questions.

  2. Gail, if it wasn't for your tuturial, I wouldn't have this lovely bench in my front patio. Great blog by the way. I love it!

  3. Saw the feature of your bench over at Gail's blog. Your bench is beautiful....what an inviting entryway. I love Gail's blog...I dream of being able to make the beautiful tranformations of everything I touch just like Gail does. That gal amazes me....and your bench amazes me also!!

  4. Her blog is amazing and I love tutorials... especially the ones with pictures. Thank you for the compliment about the entryway. I looked at your "Old Farmhouse Cooking" blog... its fantastic. I'm going to try the egg dying technique this week.

  5. Connie - I would love for you to link this up today to my 1st Linky Party! I LOVE THIS BENCH!!!