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I have seen tons of headboards turned benches out there and its been on my to-do list for about a year now.  I finally got around to it and I think it turned out pretty cute :)

This is not a detailed tutorial – but you will get the gist.  I think that you just have to play around with it because every headboard/footboard is built different and this can be done all different ways.  Just make it up as you go along – that’s what I ALWAYS do!!!

Before…I used the headboard and footboard

The headboard wasn’t altered at all – just the footboard.  The footboard was used for the arm rests on my bench.  I could of also used the footboard for under the seat if I wanted a different look – it just would have a closed bottom and no arm rests – both ways would be cute. 

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Footboard

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Close up of footboard

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I played around with how I wanted to arm rests to look and I had to disassemble the footboard.  But, I wanted to re-use all the pieces so I was careful.

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All taken apart

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Then this is where I played around with it and where all benches are going to be different.  I cut the footboard in half and then used the side molding that was on the footboard for the arm rests. 

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Then after I had my arm rests on, I needed to put on a cleat where my bench would rest.  Do this on all 3 sides so its good and sturdy.

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Then I forgot to take a pic, but I just used a piece of MDF and cut that to the size of the seat.  Then I took the top part of the headboard and put that under the seat part to finish it off (see that on the after pics).  I used every piece of the footboard that I took apart.  Fill all your nail holes, prime and paint.

The bench was painted a creamy white (Honeymilk by Valspar) and then distressed.  I love the way it turned out!  I cant wait to make another one :)

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Here you can see the top part of the footboard under the seat.  I also took some of the side molding and cut that to fill in the gaps – worked out perfect.  Love it when that happens. 

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Have you made a bench from a headboard/footboard?  I would love to see it – email me a pic.  I have a few more that I need to make and love seeing inspiration pics :)

46 replies
  1. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    I have TWO headboard/footboard sets at home waiting to do the same thing. For some reason I just keep putting it to the end of my to do list. This really makes me wanna dig them out. Your bench is STUNNING!! I just LOVE IT!

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  2. Spittin-Toad
    Spittin-Toad says:

    Wow…I love it!! I want to make one too…Hmmm now I just need to find an old head and footboard. Off to the Good will. :)
    You are so inspiring!!
    Denise

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  3. Twice Nice
    Twice Nice says:

    Shoot, now I want to make one of those too! Gonna have to look for a good bed to use. Was that a full size or twin when you started?
    Deb

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  4. ME
    ME says:

    What a nice job! Love it! I would not have thought of using the foot board cut and turned like that. Thanks soooo much for the idea.

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  5. Emily @ RemarkableHome
    Emily @ RemarkableHome says:

    I love it Sausha! It reminds me of a church pew. Question: How did you attache the cleat to the sides and back? Also, what sheen of paint did you use? Do you typically always use the same sheen for painting furniture? If not, how do you decide which sheen to use?
    Thanks!

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  6. Rita May
    Rita May says:

    I kept scrolling to see the end result and WOW!
    I couldn't have imagined it looking so fabulous. Great job!

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  7. Rita May
    Rita May says:

    I'm your newest follower! Don't want to miss anything, even though I do check in with you often.
    Rita @MAY DAYS

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  8. Tanya
    Tanya says:

    Gotta say, I wasn't loving it until you whipped up the painted shot. Another win. I should know better than to be a doubter!

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  9. Mary Beth
    Mary Beth says:

    WOW!!! That is soooo cute!! I came across our kids baby crib a few weeks ago. My husband wanted to give it away and I said No Way! I heard it was bad luck many years ago and I will never give it up. Hopefully you have inspired me to make it into a bench!! Thanks! Love your blog and your ideas!

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  10. April @ The Painted Cupboard
    April @ The Painted Cupboard says:

    That is DARLING Shausha!!! Fantastic job!!! I love how you distressed it too….it's perfect!

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  11. Galexi Cupcakes
    Galexi Cupcakes says:

    Very nice, the latest issue of Birds & Blooms magazine had an exact article on how to make a bench out of a headboard and footboard. Great job.
    Jackie

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  12. Stephanie
    Stephanie says:

    This turned out so AWESOME! It's on my list to make one of these, but sadly is not a completed project yet. Great job!

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  13. Michele
    Michele says:

    love it–it reminds me of an old church bench. i've always wanted to make one of these, your's is too cute. i would love it if you would share this at my linky party this week.

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  14. Sawdust and Paperscraps
    Sawdust and Paperscraps says:

    Awesome repurpose! I just saw a headboard at a flea market that was so intricately detailed I could barely pass it up but I was not in need of another queen headboard. And, it wasn't cheap. But it was soooo cool. Now I might go back and get it (if it's still there) and make a bench with it.

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  15. Paulette, Jvona & Rachel
    Paulette, Jvona & Rachel says:

    I've been wanting to do this too. I even have the head and foot boards in my garage. Maybe this will be the week. Yours turned out gorgeous. I love how you manipulated the molding.
    -Paulette

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  16. lauren @ West Furniture Revival
    lauren @ West Furniture Revival says:

    LOVE YOUR BENCH. it turned out beautiful and id love to feature it on my next revival monday, please let me know if it would be ok,
    lauren

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  17. Tausha
    Tausha says:

    This is beyond darling! So, so, so cute! Wish that I was as talented with a saw and nail gun! Your photography skills are rockin..as always! Love it!!
    Have a fabulous weekend!!

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  19. The Christianson Crew
    The Christianson Crew says:

    Beyond loving this!!! Question: because you used MDF for the seat, you had to do something to make it looked distressed like the rest of the wood. Did you paint it a dark color first, or did you just add some dark paint on the edges over the white to make it look distressed?

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  20. marcella
    marcella says:

    I am about to start a project like this and had a question. Did you use nails or screws to attach all of the pieces? Also, if primed and painted, will the mdf survive outdoor weather, or should I use plywood, etc. Thanks!

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    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins}
      Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} says:

      I used nails, but screws would work too. MDF is not recommended for outdoor, so a solid piece of wood or plywood is best

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