Bench made from only a footboard

IMG_6704This bench was a challenge for my husband. Some friends had a full size footboard that they weren’t using and asked us if we could use it to make something.  It was in great shape and beautiful wood so we wanted to leave it the way it was and not paint it.  My husband decided to use the footboard for the sides of the bench and to make the bench smaller he did not use the entire footboard.  He also had to figure out how to do the back since he didn’t have a headboard like he usually does.  It was also a challenge for me to stain the new parts to match the footboard. I haven’t had as much experience with staining as I have had with painting but I am getting to where I enjoy it every now and then.    I had to put on 2 coats of stain and I varnished it with polyurethane.  It is very sturdy and comfortable and would be great to have in a foyer or study. It is for sale in “Ginger’s Attic.”


This shows the footboard being cut in half.

This shows the footboard being cut in half.

The staining of the bench.

The staining of the bench.



Bench made from twin bed frame

IMG_6591_collageHere is another bench made from a twin bed. The foot board was cut in half and used as the sides. The headboard is used for the back.  This frame didn’t have any rails with it but was in very good shape and very sturdy.  The only part that had some damage was 2 small areas around the knobs which I fixed with some wood putty.  I also had to cover the metal screws with wood putty.  Usually we redo old pieces of furniture; this was probably the newest piece we have done.


This shows the building of the bench.

IMG_6470_collageI purchased material for pillows and a cushion and then picked the paint colors.  My sister offered to do the sewing. I first painted the bench with white primer. Then I painted it Halcyon green (Sherwin Williams) same color as Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg Blue. I make my own chalk paint with the Sherwin Williams paint.  I put on clear wax (Cee Cee Caldwells) in some of the areas that I knew I would be distressing. Then the next day I painted the next coat -Caen Stone (Sherwin Williams).  My next step was to sand lightly to let the blue color show through. I didn’t want the white primer to come through too much.

IMG_6560_collageI then put a coat of clear wax and waited a day and then put Annie Sloan dark wax mixed in with some of the clear wax.  It really needed the dark wax.  When you have two completely different colors it is too much contrast and the dark wax makes it all come together.  The dark wax does have to be wiped off with cheesecloth or a lint free cloth. Both waxes act as a sealer so you do not need to put any varnish unless you are going to place it outside.

This is the bench in my shop with the pillows. The cushion will be ready soon.

This is the bench in my shop with the pillows. The cushion will be ready soon. I love the bird fabric on the pillows and it really brings out the blue color in the bench.  Thanks to my husband and sister for their help with this project.


Here it is with the cushion. It is for sale for $300.