Last summer I spotted this headboard at a church sale. It was sitting off to the side with a sticker that said "make offer". It had been damaged in a rain storm the night before so the veneer started to bubble and peel. What made it unattractive to others, meant a good deal for me!
Have you seen the headboard benches online? Some people use them as an outdoor bench, others as an entryway piece. I just always wanted to build one. So when I grabbed this headboard and footboard set, I knew it would make a fabulous headboard bench.
The neat thing about building these benches is that there is no scrap. Especially on a pretty piece like this. I did remove a few parts and cut the footboard with a little to spare, but it can all be used later in other projects - there are so many pretty details!
The building of a bench like this is pretty basic, with a little patience, wood glue and just a couple of tools it can be a rewarding project, even for a beginner.
I'm showing my membership group the full details on how to build this bench step by step in a video tutorial this month. If you'd like to join us to get this video and so much more you can find out more here.
Building things with a combination of old and new wood always looks a little rough before it's finished. But keep going, grab that can of paint and watch it come to life.
I removed the peeling veneer, primed the piece with General Finishes Stain Blocker and painted it in General Finishes Antique White Milk Paint. It's the perfect creamy white (not too yellow). I had to distress these details to make them pop - it's just such an elegant piece. I love all the curves and turned legs.
For comfort this bench needs a simple cushion, it brings in a bit of pattern and softens the piece. Now it's the perfect bench for a covered porch or a spot to take off your shoes after a long day.
Join my monthly membership group for one on one support for your painting projects. We build and paint and decorate together each month. It's a safe place to learn and grow as we work on turning our houses into a home.
Until next time,