Headboard Bench




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

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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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    12 Discussions


    4 years ago on Introduction

    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!!!

    1 reply

    4 years ago

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

    2 replies
    Mark MontanoSusitna

    Reply 4 years ago

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

    David BachrachMark Montano

    Reply 4 years ago

    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.

    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!