Monday, June 14, 2010

Ugly Headboard to Funky Bench Makeover


I bought this twin headboard at a garage sale for a couple of bucks several years ago with the plan of making it into a garden bench. I was going to paint it a bright blue or green. But I guess I didn't look at it carefully enough, because under the grime was a really bad paint job with runs, globs and cracks, and a road rash on each end. Since I really didn't want to spend hours sanding it, I decided to camouflage it with pattern instead.




To do it, I had to buy two 2x4's to connect the headboard and footboard. I used a jig saw to cut a curve in three boards for a comfortable seat, and four 1x3's which I cut in half to make the slats for the seat.


Then, I bought three gallons of mistinted exterior paint for $1 each, and a quart of custom mixed black exterior. I also used some off white exterior paint left over from painting our house. The only other thing I bought was some painter's tape. It was a little pricey but boy was it worth it. I'll tell more about that later. I determined the size of the Harlequin pattern by measuring the square on near the top of the posts. Just to make it interesting, I made them a little taller than they are wide.

I used tape on the straight lines and freehand on the curves (and some of the straight lines that won't show much). I just don't have a steady hand for straight lines. Then I used a tip from Manuela at The Pleasure of Homemakingfor transferring lettering and put a Bible verse across the top.




I have absolutely no patience, and didn't wait for the paint to cure well before tracing the letters and just the pressure of my hand on the paper smeared the graphite into the paint and I had to start over. So if you do this, let your painted base get completely dry before you trace your letters on it.

This is today (not quite finished, but good enough for a picture).



All together, it cost me about $55.00, and I have tape and paint left over.

It's another Metamorphosis Monday and I am linking to Between Naps on the Porch. Love to see all the neat transformations people have posted there. Thanks Susan!

I'm also linking to DIY Linky Party at Fine Craft Guild .com Thanks for the invite Rose!

Oh, one more thing. I have to rave about this new paint tape I found. Maybe you are already using this, but if you aren't, and you are the impatient type, like me, try it. It is made by Frogtape, but it's a sensitive tape for delicate surfaces and fresh paint. It really works! As soon as the paint is dry enough to touch without sticking to your finger, you can put the tape on and it won't stick! At least most of the time. The black paint I bought has so much colorant in it that it was extremely slow drying and sticking to the headboard (which I didn't sand or prime first), and the tape pulled a little of it off. Could have been something on the headboard under the paint because it was only in one area.

Anyway, I don't work for them, get paid by them (I wish), or have any connection with the company. I just love this tape.

Until next time, may you have blessings and a steady hand,
Marti

31 comments:

Haverford House said...

Hi Marti, You did an awesome job! Love the colors you used! I'm with you on Frogtape - I just started using it when painting - it's the best, it doesn't bleed through like regular blue painting tape. Have a great day! ~Marcy

Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com said...

20 out of 10. i've seen other tutorials for this bed to bench ideas before, but none has been painted so lovely as yours.

do add it to our DIY tutorial party here
http://www.finecraftguild.com/diy-linky-party-free-pillow-crochet-pattern/

Amanda said...

This is awesome!! So very creative, you are so smart to see the potential in that!

Atticmag said...

That is one sensational bench. I am serious about this -- it could be passed down to children as an heirloom, I feel it's that good and just adore it. Also, you might be interested in this furniture boutique: http://www.mackenzie-childs.com/

Hope you'll stop by if you have time.

mishebe said...

I love it.. mishelle

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What an amazing transformation! You are so clever!

Condo Blues said...

I love your bench! I got a freebie headboard that's somewhat like yours. It's going in my spare bedroom - which is my craft room and it's going to be a fun room even if it kills me. I'm going to use your bench as an inspiration when I paint the bed.

Grandma K said...

What a good job you did!! I love that bench.

I use the Frog tape when I machine embroidery also. What a great new tape. Many, many uses.

Katie said...

The detail is amazing on this!

Petie said...

Great job! Your new bench is so unique. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I just added the lanterns to our umbrella, so I hadn't thought about how I will store it, but I think I could leave them attached as long as I take the glass candle holders off.

Marianne@Songbird said...

That is an amazing transformation, it looks like a bench from a fairy tale. Something the princess would sit on in her garden. Bet you are feeling like a princess too, when you sit on it.

Donna @ The House on the Corner said...

Oh MY!!! Talk about your happy accidents!! Your bench is BEAUTIFUL!!! I bet it's stunning in your yard! I'm going to start looking for a headboard today!

A Pretty Pastime said...

OMG! I adore this! You are my kind of artist! It's absolutely beautiful!

Katy

rosie said...

Love that bench!! It really looks like you just built a bench, not like it used to be something else. Thanks, too for your kind comments and for stopping by my blog earlier.

gnee said...

Such personality...just really fun! All it needed was some creativity and a lot of TLC...

Amanda said...

I love the bright, fun colors! You did a great job re-purposing on this one! It's definitely a one-of-a-kind bench.

stacy@dooLITTLETHINGS said...

Love this! The colors are great. I want one!

Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com said...

Thank you for contributing this to http://www.FineCraftGuild.com's DIY Tutorial Linky Party.

It's beautiful and well presented.

If you have a new & equally wonderful tutorial you wish to share with us this week, come on over. We just opened a new linky party for this week's greatest talented artisans out there! (and you are one of them ;-0)

JaninaCakes said...

great job. <3, new follower

office painting said...

Awesome reconstruction mate. I am more amazed at how you played with the colors to get that retro vibe into it.

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Marti said...

I have found my photos on a few blogs, which is why I now watermark most of them. I found an article I wrote on another website one time, notified them of copyright, and they pulled it. There could well be other websites I have never found with my photos or writing. I think that's just one of the chances you take by sharing online. There are websites where you can check for plagerism. I don't think they are 100% accurate as I have tested them before and sometimes they find my content, and sometimes they don't. Your website look good, best wishes with it.

Anonymous said...

I've seen many make overs....put this takes the cake....love it....I was seriously going to throw out a bed....now that I have stumbled on your site....I can see the potential that that bed has.....thank you so much for posting.....

Marti said...

Thank you!

Michele said...

Can you provide a supply list and step-by-step instructions on how to create and assemble this bench? It is absolutely lovely!!!!! Nicely done!

Marti said...

It's been awhile since i did it, but the description above should cover the materials used. I attached everything with screws.

Anonymous said...

This totally looks like something out of a high end boutique store, the designer is Mackenzie Childs. You did an amazing job, I love it!!!!

Anonymous said...

This totally looks like something out of a high end boutique store, the designer is Mackenzie Childs. You did an amazing job, I love it!!!!

Muky said...

Precioso!!!

Marti said...

Thank you.

Betty Godoy said...

Que buena transformacion, especial para un hogar de jovenes!!