A whimsical headboard turned into funky repurposed goodness…

A whimsical headboard turned into funky repurposed goodness...
A whimsical headboard turned into funky repurposed goodness...
A whimsical headboard turned into funky repurposed goodness...
I can’t express how fantabulous this bench is, lol. Me and my daughter finished it up this past Sunday. It has so many repurposed materials it just makes me happy! The back is a queen-size headboard (Don’t you just love it’s whimsy?), the seating is made from old pallets, old table extensions and old bed slats, and the legs were all cut from a vintage house column. I also used some spare indoor house trim around the base of the seating. I was going to paint it some awesome color, then decided I liked the white, yellow and brown hues and the aged chippy paint; they all just work together in a mismatched way.

This is a project I think everyone should try. A simple wooden frame was made with 2X4’s and 2 1/2″ wood screws and attached directly to the headboard. I added cross boards about every 2′ under the seating for extra support. I used a chop saw to cut the planks for the seating and a pneumatic nailer to attach them. I pretty much took an average measurement from seating around my house to figure out how high and deep I wanted the seat to be.

Reuse Repurpose Always! The headboard was purchased at a garage sale this summer, a friend from Texas salvaged the house column and besides the purchase of a box of screws and a 2X4, the rest of the materials were found scrap pieces from around my garage.

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A great second use for a child’s first bed…

Repurpose an old Headboard into a Bench...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.

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A whimsical and functional duo…

Headboard repurposed as a chalkboard for old desk...When I go to a furniture store most salesmen won’t even waste their time on me, lol, probably because I immediately make a mad-dash back to the “clearance” section of the store. Nope, sorry boys, no commission here! Even when I plan on buying something new, it’s worth a trip to the back just to see what ding and dint, or broken item they’re still trying to get a few dollars for.

A few months ago I picked up this full-size headboard; my initial thought was… Bench. I paid a whopping $9.99 (it was originally priced $250), not sure why it was marked so cheap, it didn’t have the footboard, rails or legs for that matter… Oh wait, that’s why.  Anyway, for that price, something could be made out of it, it’s solid wood and has nice lines.

Simply by accident it’s repurpose took a sudden change. When moving things in the garage around, my daughter and I realized the width matched-up perfectly with our recently refurbished desk, and the styles seems to compliment each other. So, we had that light-bulb moment and went to work; although already white, we painted the headboard with a layer of our homemade “chalk paint” to soften it’s original bright white; distressed it to match the finish on the desk and applied a layer of paste wax. When the wax dried we painted the inset with chalkboard paint and there you have it!

All in all, it was a really simple project. It may not make since to everybody, but I find it whimsical and functional. And, no one else will have one like it!

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