Headboard Bench





Introduction: Headboard Bench

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Turn an old headboard into a bench for your backyard in no time!

Step 1: Watch the Short Video Tutorial Here!

Step 2: You'll Need

An old headboard

Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint

20" x 80" x 1" birch plywood (seat) *80" was the width of my headboard so measure accordingly

2 pieces 1" x 4" x 80" pine board (to frame seat)

3 pieces 1" x 4" x 20" pine board (to frame seat)

4 pieces 2" x 2" x 18" pine board (legs)

1 box of 1 3/4" long wood screws




Step 3: Assemble the Seat

Screw the 1" x 4" x 80" pine boards to each side of the 20" x 80" birch ply seat

Slide the 1" x 4" x 20" pine boards on each side of the seat and screw in place

Slide the 3rd 1" x 4" x 20" pine board 2" away from the center of the seat and screw in place *This is for support

Put screws on the sides and on the top of the bench to keep everything in place

Step 4: Add the Legs

Next we are adding 3 legs on the front of the bench

Screw the 2" x 2" x 18" pieces on the inside corners of one side of the seat

Screw a 3rd 2" x 2" x 18" in the center of the first two

Screw the 4th 2" x 2" x 18" leg in the center on the other side *You will have 3 legs on one side and 1 leg in the center on the other side

Flip the seat upright on it's legs and screw the headboard to the side with one leg

Step 5: Paint!

For my bench I mixed red and blue chalky finish paint to make a deep purple

I painted the outer frame, legs and bench face purple

I painted the details and seat in two different colors of orange



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    Just last week my son showed me a head board he "WAS" going to get rid of. So I loaded it up remembering the first night I found this out standing site, remembering this back yard seater. So now I am working on it and will let you know how wonderful mine came out. Thanks for the great idea!!!

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    Another wonderful project. I like your imagination. Road kill rocks!

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    I should probably leave more things on the street. My back yard it looking like a junk yard these days! Thanks Sustina!

    I make custom. hand made furniture and other projects like that so the bench was easy. They just showed up with it and asked me to make it.

    Thanks Danger! I LOVE having this in my backyard! How are you?

    Oh you know, same old, same old. Nose to the grindstone, haha. I finally posted a project I've been sitting on since December, so it was nice to get that up on the site!

    That is fantastic David. WOW! You have some serious skills.