Here is another bench made from a full size bed that my husband made. This one I decided to leave stained and put 3 coats of oil based poly. The new wood was stained to match the walnut finish. The footboard was cut down the middle and became the side pieces and one of the slats became the front part of the bench. Some side pieces (shaped like boxes) and a long back piece all made out of cypress were added so the cushions would fit. (see picture in collage below) It also works as a great area to put a book or your coffee. The cushions came from Lowe’s and are the kind that can be on a porch or patio. This bench is comfy for stretching out and reading a book. For sitting it would definitely fit a taller person better. I love the way the poly made it look – it even got rid of some water marks that I didn’t like near the headboard circle. It does have a few worn and distressed areas on the bench from age but it is very sturdy and comfortable. I think it is a great piece for a foyer or covered patio. It is for sale for $300. (includes cushions and pillows)
I painted, distressed and dark waxed a full size bed over a year ago for my daughter, who is a professional photographer, to use in a Christmas photo shoot. Recently she gave it back to me so that she could take the full size bed that I showed in a previous post. So my husband decided to take on another project and make the bed frame into a bench. This one he did a little different. He used the footboard in the front of the bench and made the sides for it. Since this footboard was so low to the ground he had to add to the legs to make it a better height for sitting. It seemed like it would be an easy project for me since it was already painted – all I had to do was refinish the new wood to match. It ended up a little bit more of a challenge because I put on the wrong finish – a black antique glaze instead of the brown dark wax which I had used before. I had to paint and wax the new wood twice but it all worked out. I found the perfect pillows and cushions to put on it at Lowes. Then the best part of the whole project was when I realized this bench would have a perfect home – Our patio! It matched perfect with the table and chairs that I had refinished a year ago.
I bought this glass table at a garage sale for a bargain price. It was in need of work and not very attractive. When I got it home the idea popped into my head of making it into a shadow box table. My husband put to use his great woodworking skills and as you can see in the 2nd picture it now has a place to display items. I had to sand some of the rough areas especially the bottom shelf which had some kind of material glued to it. I painted the whole piece a new color I wanted to try – Sherwin Williams Sea Salt using my chalk paint recipe. Next I painted some parts in grey chalk paint, then distressed and waxed it. Notice how some of the sea salt color shows after I distressed it. I put shells in it for now and am going to keep it in my workshop for a while as a show piece. I have always loved shadow box tables and hope to make more of these in the future. I am blessed to have a husband who likes woodworking. We make a great team!