I found this old headboard while doing the “yard-sale-thing” with my mom and sister, last summer; I’d always wanted to try and make one of these benches. So, this is what my daughter and I came up with.
First, we chipped off all the loose paint, sanded down the shiny spots and wiped the surface clean with some Windex. (Windex or a grease cutter is always a good idea to make sure nothing sticky has been left behind from the previous owner.) Next, we took some scrap 1X2’s and nailed a ledge directly on to the headboard to attach our seat. To create the seat we used salvaged 2X4’s to make a box and the legs, used 1X6 inch refurbished cedar bed slats for the top and finished by tacking on some leftover house trim around the seat to give it some extra character. Lastly, we painted, let dry, sanded (for an aged look) and applied a light coat of stain, paying special attention to the areas we just sanded. And, there you have it!
Note: We used a nail gun for the trim, but used a drill and 1 1/2″ screws for the base in a #5 domino pattern; since this is being used as a seat, we wanted it to be stable and not shift.
Also, Notable: 1. I don’t paint everything this color; I’ve just been obsessed with turquoise the past two years. 2. Moms should think about repurposing their child’s old beds to keep them around. My daughter had a great 4-poster bed and if I had seen this back then I would of salvaged the bed. 3. I hope you all don’t get bored with me sharing projects, lol.