How to Make a Bench From an Old Headboard/footboard

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How to Make a Bench From an Old Headboard/footboard
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Old headboard and footboard

Old headboard and footboard

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Figure out how it will look and where it will need to be attached. I lined up the bottom edges.

Figure out how it will look and where it will need to be attached. I lined up the bottom edges.

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Cut footboard in half and shortened broken piece

Cut footboard in half and shortened broken piece

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Cut boards to form a frame.

Cut boards to form a frame.

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Side frame sized

Side frame sized

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I attached board to sides and back. You could make the box and then attach to bed.

I attached board to sides and back. You could make the box and then attach to bed.

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Added brackets to corners.

Added brackets to corners.

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Had to use two boards because that's all I had. (Obviously I should have waited for a trip to the lumber store.) 1x6's would have been better.

Had to use two boards because that's all I had. (Obviously I should have waited for a trip to the lumber store.) 1x6's would have been better.

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Pieced together

Pieced together

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After all that assembly I realized that it looked more like a day bed than a bench. :( back to the saw.

After all that assembly I realized that it looked more like a day bed than a bench. :( back to the saw.

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That looks better. More like a bench size.

That looks better. More like a bench size.

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Reassembly time.

Reassembly time.

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Finished this portion. Will need to add support bracing. In middle.

Finished this portion. Will need to add support bracing. In middle.

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Wood glue doweled pieces that were a bit wobbly.

Wood glue doweled pieces that were a bit wobbly.

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Glued in place

Glued in place

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Old damage that needs fixing and sanding.  I found that most of the veneer was loose.

Old damage that needs fixing and sanding. I found that most of the veneer was loose.

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To re-attach the veneer I used wood glue and a little extra help from brads. Since I'm painting and not refinishing I'm not worried about any brads showing.

To re-attach the veneer I used wood glue and a little extra help from brads. Since I'm painting and not refinishing I'm not worried about any brads showing.

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Cut boards to make seating area. I could have gone longwise, but did not have long enough boards, so this is my compromise. Lightly sanded so no rough edges.

Cut boards to make seating area. I could have gone longwise, but did not have long enough boards, so this is my compromise. Lightly sanded so no rough edges.

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Ugh.....veneer is back to haunt me. Decided to peel off loose veneer since you won't notice under paint.

Ugh.....veneer is back to haunt me. Decided to peel off loose veneer since you won't notice under paint.

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Really wish I had done this first instead of trying to wood glue and brad it together. Now I have to get this stuff back off. :(

Really wish I had done this first instead of trying to wood glue and brad it together. Now I have to get this stuff back off. :(

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The whole back was loose too. Bye bye veneer.

The whole back was loose too. Bye bye veneer.

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Light sanding to veneer finish.

Light sanding to veneer finish.

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Decided to remove "arm rests" as there really was no good way to attach them to back. Made life so much easier.

Decided to remove "arm rests" as there really was no good way to attach them to back. Made life so much easier.

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Small center support. Obviously I'm using all the extra wood I can scrounge up.

Small center support. Obviously I'm using all the extra wood I can scrounge up.

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Preparing to drill holes and screw down seat area.

Preparing to drill holes and screw down seat area.

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Made my own chalk paint with flat paint and plaster of Paris. Recipes all over the web, but I just mix a small amount (1/2 c to 2-3cups paint) with a little hot water to dissolve. Then add to paint.

Made my own chalk paint with flat paint and plaster of Paris. Recipes all over the web, but I just mix a small amount (1/2 c to 2-3cups paint) with a little hot water to dissolve. Then add to paint.

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Painted it red chalk paint.

Painted it red chalk paint.

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Looks ok, but feels like something is missing.

Looks ok, but feels like something is missing.

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Lightly distressed with sander after painting. Did it all over to achieve the look I wanted.

Lightly distressed with sander after painting. Did it all over to achieve the look I wanted.

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Lightly distressed after sanding

Lightly distressed after sanding

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My fav waxes. Some others smell strong. These do not.

My fav waxes. Some others smell strong. These do not.

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Important rule with wax: apply clear all over then dark where you want to add. You can rub off excess dark wax (I over did it here)

Important rule with wax: apply clear all over then dark where you want to add. You can rub off excess dark wax (I over did it here)

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Dark wax goes into grooves or even pores of wood to give the desired look. Top part of pic has dark wax.

Dark wax goes into grooves or even pores of wood to give the desired look. Top part of pic has dark wax.

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I wanted a heavy dark wax finish. This is dark vs. light wax alone.

I wanted a heavy dark wax finish. This is dark vs. light wax alone.

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All done. My wax started to melt from the sun and heat, so I finished just in time! If your piece is going outside you need to use poly seal, not wax. This is for indoor only.

All done. My wax started to melt from the sun and heat, so I finished just in time! If your piece is going outside you need to use poly seal, not wax. This is for indoor only.

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Dramatic waxing.

Dramatic waxing.

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Love how it looks inside. :)

Love how it looks inside. :)

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