Saturday, May 18, 2013

Surfboard: A Bed Turned Bench

I saw this bed at my local Goodwill & practically pushed over an old man to get to it!  I had already made 2 twin headboards into a bench & 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 & 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 & 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 4s along the front & 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.

Bench is available, measures 42"W x 38"H x 23 1/2"D.  Seat measures 38"W x 20 1/2"D.  Will hold 2 adults comfortably.  $225

(No old men were hurt in the purchase or making of this bench)

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  1. Your bench turned out gorgeous, love the color!!
    xo, Tanya

  2. Love ths bench. Will look for twin headboards in the future. You are very talented.

  3. Love ths bench. Will look for twin headboards in the future. You are very talented.

  4. This turned out beautifully! I really love the paint you picked!

  5. Jill, This is TOTALLY awesome...I never would have thought to do this. Your finished bench is the color!!

  6. Explain the Kreg thing....I am interested in that, so I too can make darling benches!
    Do you use that with your drill?? Ah, I want one...

  7. Oh I love this idea and your bench turned out so pretty. What a great idea. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party that is ongoing.
    Hugs, Marty

  8. What an awesome bench. I am going to keep an eye out for bed heads at our thrift stores. Thank you for the inspiration

  9. beautiful..... now if only my garden was big enough for a bench.......

  10. Wow, your bench turned out so pretty! I have been wanting to make benches like this. Could we have a "Let's Make a Bench" day with our blogger group?! :)

  11. Your bench is beautiful. I can't wait to make one now :).