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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11 comments:

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

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

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

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

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

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  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...
    Nancy
    http;//wildoakdesigns.blogspot.com

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  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. http://www.astrollthrulife.net/2013/05/165th-inspire-me-tuesday.html
    Hugs, Marty

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  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

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

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  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?! :)

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

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