DIY Repurposed Headboard/Footboard Bench

Monday, October 27, 2014

The past week was a crazy busy blur...Too many personal things going on in our lives right now.

This past weekend I was finally able to finish a project for my Nanny - from back in the summer.  She saw something on Facebook, a bench made out of a headboard & footboard.  She had printed out a few pages of examples.  So I started on the look out for her a bed.

I finally came across one at a yardsale for $40.

I loved the shapes of it - and after pricing them I felt this was a good deal.

I will be honest at first I didn't like the "acorns" on the top of the posts, but now after they might be my favorite part.

My Nanny wanted hers to be white, I had some white paint at the house and made my own chalk paint to use.  Covered pretty well.

Since we don't really have a space to work on things of this size.  We had to work on it as we got time.  My grandparents have a large barn - that my grandpa uses to work on different odds and ends.  

The first part of the process was to cut the footboard in half.  My grandpa did that part for me, then one Saturday a few weeks ago I went over and painted the whole thing.

This past Saturday we started on the building process. 
I say WE - when really I should say Travis and my grandpa... as they wouldn't let me handle the power tools.

The hardest part of this was trying to figure out how to attach the sides to the back piece because once they were cut they were extremely wobbly.

Love my good looking handy man - he takes so much pride in building things.

After awhile I was finally allowed to get my hands dirty :)
I have to say that I very much enjoyed the power tools!

It wasn't until we got to this point that my grandpa understood what we were trying to build.  He just didn't have the vision we did :)

For the bench we used wood that used to be shelves in a room in my grandparents house.  It was almost like it was meant to be.  One shelf was enough to make the slats.  

We wanted to give it a flush look so we added another board in front to make it look seem-less.

I am absolutely in love with the way this turned out!  It is so much better than I could have ever imagined.

And here she is in her permanent home.

Thank you for stopping in to check it out - see ya'll next time!

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