Transforming Furniture – From Bed Frame to Bench

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I saw this bed at my local Goodwill and practically pushed over an old man to get to it!  I had already made 2 twin headboards into a bench and had been looking for another bed to make into one.  Building is addicting!  I knew, once I had this bed safely tucked into the back of my truck, that I was going to paint it with American Paint Company Surfboard.

Before, boring, dated bed.   (No the footboard isn’t already cut that would mean I forgot to take a before picture and I never do that)
Here is the footboard cut in half to make the sides, I cut it with a skill saw.  Super easy!
I used my Kreg jig to make pocket holes so I could join the sides to the back.
This is what the holes look like, little pockets.
Sides and back joined together.  I made 4 pocket holes on each side.
The color I was inspired to use, American Paint Company, Surfboard.
Closer look, soft gorgeous turquoise blue.
All put together with 2 x 4’s along the front and back to support the seat.  Paint is still drying but only used one coat.
This one board was cut at both ends so I had to touch it up with my favorite mix of stain.  Sunbleached & Dark Walnut.  It’s the closet match to weathered gray that I can find.


Pretty close match, could have used a little more Dark Walnut but I was too lazy!






After loading the pictures onto my computer I realized I should have put a big burlap pillow in one corner but couldn’t convince my husband to help me drag it back outside :)
Let me know if you have any questions about building your own bench, I did this one all by myself!  My husband only helped to move it outside for pictures.
(No old men were hurt in the purchase or making of this bench)
Post courtesy of Jill Perloff from Weathered Pieces in Georgia
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