Sunday, June 3, 2012

In Love Bench


I'm infatuated with upcycling.

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Awhile back, I came upon this great post and knew I had to try one for myself.  I've grown to love the transformation so much so, that I've made a few more and each one is so special. 

If you have a bed frame that is special to you, one that was handed down for generations, or your baby's first big boy bed, but no longer have a use for it's intended purpose, re-purpose it to a fabulous bench.  I do not have a tutorial this time, but I'll make sure to add one the next time I get down and dirty with a bed frame.  There are tons of tutorials online, but I found Shaunna's tutorial to fit the bill.

This cutie was my first.  I didn't have a spare bed hanging around, and since I was revving to go, I purchased a used twin headboard and footboard on Craigslist.  I love the way it turned out.  I have it for sale in my shop.  Gosh, I love to upcycle.  One less item in our landfills.





My friend Jess no longer had room for her little girl's bed, but it was something she couldn't part with.  I was thrilled to give her a useful piece of furniture that is near and dear to her heart.



I was happy to help Kelly with a much needed entryway bench for her family full of boys.





Debbie 

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9 comments:

  1. Wow! What a great job you did! I love re-purposing and upcycling! I love how the white with blue stripes came out.

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    1. Thanks Glenda! It was so much fun to make this bench and I'm really happy with the beachy stripes. :)

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  2. oooh the blue stripes are my favorite! lovely and beachy!

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  3. Love this idea. I have my Dad's old bed and he loved to re-create new things out of old. I know that he would've loved for me to do this. I do have a few questions: How did you attach it all together? Also, what did you use for the seat?

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    1. So sorry it took me so long to get back to you . . . just noticed that I didn't answer. To attach the legs, I usually try to use pocket holes. I often need to use little brackets as well. Most of that stuff is hidden anyway, so bracket away! Next you build the frame for the seat. I use 1X3's around the back, the sides and the front -- it's basically a little box. Usually I add some extra bracing in between the front and back (slats). Then choose your seat -- MDF, smooth plywood, planking. There are a few tutorials online, but I'll be getting around to creating my own one day. :)

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  4. Waiting for the reply to the above ? Love all.

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  5. How do you do the seat ? Thanks

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    1. Hi Karen! One of these days I'll be getting around to doing a tutorial on building a bench. :) After cutting your footboard in half and attaching it with brackets and/or pocket holes, you build a frame around the back, sides, and front using 1X3's. Then you put your seat on top of the frame. Hope this helps!

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