Thursday, July 29, 2010

Porch Bench

This has been one of my most favorite projects this year! I absolutely love how this bench turned out.

The even better thing about it, it only took me about an hour to make. 
This bench started its life as a headboard and footboard to two different beds.

I bought the headboard at the DI for $8. The footboard was donated by my awesome mom. The rest of the wood was scrap in my garage.

I started with cutting the footboard right in half and screwing it to the side of the headboard.

The footboard already had a notch cut out on each side, so I used that as the front of the bench, screwing a 2x4 to it.

I didn't have enough 2x6's to do the bench, but liked the look of them. So I decided to mix them with 2x4's.

Screwed them into the frame and TADA! Jackpot!

I lightly sanded and painted with my favorite color, Cottage White. I had planned on antiquing this after, but when I got it on my porch, I decided I like it just the way it was.

Well, except it needed pillows now.

Searching through the stash, I found some cute stripped material I wanted to use. And I was dying to use make a burlap pillow like the ones I've seen around blogland.

I bought a few pillows at the DI to use as stuffing, way cheaper than buying actual pillow forms.

I sewed the new pillows inside out around the old pillows so I didn't even have to measure anything. One of the burlap pillows I stamped with a stamp I've had for years and never used. I used chocolate brown to try to imitate those awesome coffee burlap bags. I then weaved the coordinating fabric through the bottom to tie it in.

On the other burlap pillow, I simply tied bow around. I'm not totally in love with the bow, thinking of making rosettes instead, but great for now.

I love this bench on my porch. I have gotten so many compliments on it. No one believes me that it only cost me $8 and that I BUILT IT!

15 comments: said...

It's really beautiful! I'm glad I was able to inspire you.
Thanks for sharing this with me.

Sarah said...

I am totally in LOVE with that bench. I want it! ;)

Here's the link to my new CRAFT blog:


MaryBerry Boutique said...

oh my heck i love it! super cute:)

Mrs. Dan said...

That is so clever. I might just have to do that for my front porch!

Creative Ambitions said...

I have seen many of the headboard benches but this is my favorite! You did a great job~~~ love the pillows!

Kenzie said...

The bench is perfect! I have been searching for an old bed set to make one and I haven't been able to find one yet :( boo! I will just be super envious of yours for now!

Mrs. E said...

I love this. It turned out so perfect. Something like this would work perfect on my front porch. Great work!

Ginger said...

I love how that turned out. I needed some inspiration for a headboard in my garage! I am so scared to try this! Yours is fantastic! said...

LOVE this one! It doesn't look like it came from a headboard. Well done! Thanks for sharing ... I've posted a link. Check it out and maybe add a few of your own!

I Play Outside The Box said...

Your bench rocks!!!

Iheartnaptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes said...

i love it! you did a great job! I'd love for you to link it at sundae scoop

Keep Calm and Decorate said...

I have 2 words to say about the bench...LOVE IT!!! You did an amazing job! I am going to be on the lookout for headboards now at garage sales. I also love the pillows. I am a new follower!

Candy (Mama Lion) said...

this is truly inspirational. we have an old headboard (rod iron and white) from ikea that we don't want anymore and this project is the perfect solution for it! thank u!

Frugalious Living said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and so happy I did. This is fantastic!! It looks beautiful. LOVE IT.

Jer + Lu said...

You are so incredibly talented!! It looks fantastic! I love the mix of the 2x4 & 2X6's. Nice touch.

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