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{Repurposed Headboard/Footboard}


I have seen tons of headboards turned benches out there and its been on my to-do list for about a year now.  I finally got around to it and I think it turned out pretty cute :)

This is not a detailed tutorial – but you will get the gist.  I think that you just have to play around with it because every headboard/footboard is built different and this can be done all different ways.  Just make it up as you go along – that’s what I ALWAYS do!!!

Before…I used the headboard and footboard

The headboard wasn’t altered at all – just the footboard.  The footboard was used for the arm rests on my bench.  I could of also used the footboard for under the seat if I wanted a different look – it just would have a closed bottom and no arm rests – both ways would be cute. 

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Close up of footboard

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I played around with how I wanted to arm rests to look and I had to disassemble the footboard.  But, I wanted to re-use all the pieces so I was careful.

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All taken apart

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Then this is where I played around with it and where all benches are going to be different.  I cut the footboard in half and then used the side molding that was on the footboard for the arm rests. 

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Then after I had my arm rests on, I needed to put on a cleat where my bench would rest.  Do this on all 3 sides so its good and sturdy.

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Then I forgot to take a pic, but I just used a piece of MDF and cut that to the size of the seat.  Then I took the top part of the headboard and put that under the seat part to finish it off (see that on the after pics).  I used every piece of the footboard that I took apart.  Fill all your nail holes, prime and paint.

The bench was painted a creamy white (Honeymilk by Valspar) and then distressed.  I love the way it turned out!  I cant wait to make another one :)



Here you can see the top part of the footboard under the seat.  I also took some of the side molding and cut that to fill in the gaps – worked out perfect.  Love it when that happens. 




Have you made a bench from a headboard/footboard?  I would love to see it – email me a pic.  I have a few more that I need to make and love seeing inspiration pics :)


46 Responses to {Repurposed Headboard/Footboard}

  1. Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys July 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    Do you know what AMAZING is? It's what you are, that's what!! I love love love it!

  2. Lisa July 14, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    I have TWO headboard/footboard sets at home waiting to do the same thing. For some reason I just keep putting it to the end of my to do list. This really makes me wanna dig them out. Your bench is STUNNING!! I just LOVE IT!

  3. Spittin-Toad July 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    Wow…I love it!! I want to make one too…Hmmm now I just need to find an old head and footboard. Off to the Good will. :)
    You are so inspiring!!

  4. Twice Nice July 14, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    Shoot, now I want to make one of those too! Gonna have to look for a good bed to use. Was that a full size or twin when you started?

  5. Jill@Barnes Yard July 14, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

    Wow! It looks fantastic!!

  6. Korrie@RedHenHome July 14, 2011 at 5:13 pm #

    I love it! I think it looks like an old church bench, but with more panache ;-) Great work!

  7. Snappy Di July 14, 2011 at 5:22 pm #

    This is soooo nice! Would love having one in the loft area of our home.


  8. Nikki July 14, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    That's SOOOO stinkin' cute!!! Thanks for sharing!

  9. { The Painted Home } July 14, 2011 at 5:30 pm #

    what? what? get out~! It was meant to be a bench, you are a genius!
    d e n i s e

  10. Pam - diy Design Fanatic July 14, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    Creative and awesome!

  11. ME July 14, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    What a nice job! Love it! I would not have thought of using the foot board cut and turned like that. Thanks soooo much for the idea.

  12. marty (A Stroll Thru Life) July 14, 2011 at 6:02 pm #

    It turned out fabulous. I love the finished look. Hugs, Marty

  13. Lori @ www.mudpiestudio.blogspot.com July 14, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

    This is some really inspiring work! It turned out fabulous! Fantastic job!

  14. Susan @ homeroad.net July 14, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    WOWW! That is fabulous! I love the bench that looks like a church pew! Great job!

  15. Emily @ RemarkableHome July 14, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    I love it Sausha! It reminds me of a church pew. Question: How did you attache the cleat to the sides and back? Also, what sheen of paint did you use? Do you typically always use the same sheen for painting furniture? If not, how do you decide which sheen to use?

  16. Shelley July 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    No you didn't!!! How gorgeous! I never would have thought to do that!

  17. Rita May July 14, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

    I kept scrolling to see the end result and WOW!
    I couldn't have imagined it looking so fabulous. Great job!

  18. Rita May July 14, 2011 at 8:02 pm #

    I'm your newest follower! Don't want to miss anything, even though I do check in with you often.
    Rita @MAY DAYS

  19. Tanya July 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    Gotta say, I wasn't loving it until you whipped up the painted shot. Another win. I should know better than to be a doubter!

  20. Heather July 14, 2011 at 8:38 pm #

    That is truly amazing and beautiful!! Next time I see a headboard/footboard on craigslst or side of the road, I am picking it up!!!http://bellesbazaar-heather.blogspot.com/

  21. Mary Beth July 14, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

    WOW!!! That is soooo cute!! I came across our kids baby crib a few weeks ago. My husband wanted to give it away and I said No Way! I heard it was bad luck many years ago and I will never give it up. Hopefully you have inspired me to make it into a bench!! Thanks! Love your blog and your ideas!

  22. lauren @ West Furniture Revival July 14, 2011 at 9:46 pm #

    WOW That turned out so great. Absolutely
    love it!

  23. Kim @ A Brush of Whimsy July 14, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    Wow…. you are impressive! I love the simple white with the pretty distressing!

  24. Foundinthe-ALI July 14, 2011 at 11:59 pm #

    I've never seen this before! This is great. You did an awesome job.


  25. Heather July 15, 2011 at 12:36 am #

    CLEVER you!!! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing : )

  26. April @ The Painted Cupboard July 15, 2011 at 12:41 am #

    That is DARLING Shausha!!! Fantastic job!!! I love how you distressed it too….it's perfect!

  27. Galexi Cupcakes July 15, 2011 at 1:54 am #

    Very nice, the latest issue of Birds & Blooms magazine had an exact article on how to make a bench out of a headboard and footboard. Great job.

  28. Stephanie July 15, 2011 at 3:45 am #

    This turned out so AWESOME! It's on my list to make one of these, but sadly is not a completed project yet. Great job!

  29. being@becky July 15, 2011 at 4:45 am #

    Amazing final piece!!! Love it. What vision.

  30. Reenie July 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    VERY cute ~ love it.

  31. Michele July 15, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    love it–it reminds me of an old church bench. i've always wanted to make one of these, your's is too cute. i would love it if you would share this at my linky party this week.

  32. The Other Me Is Sane July 15, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    this is the best headboard to bench re-do I've seen so far. You are amazing.

  33. Sawdust and Paperscraps July 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    Awesome repurpose! I just saw a headboard at a flea market that was so intricately detailed I could barely pass it up but I was not in need of another queen headboard. And, it wasn't cheap. But it was soooo cool. Now I might go back and get it (if it's still there) and make a bench with it.

  34. Paulette, Jvona & Rachel July 16, 2011 at 12:33 am #

    I've been wanting to do this too. I even have the head and foot boards in my garage. Maybe this will be the week. Yours turned out gorgeous. I love how you manipulated the molding.

  35. lauren @ West Furniture Revival July 16, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    LOVE YOUR BENCH. it turned out beautiful and id love to feature it on my next revival monday, please let me know if it would be ok,

  36. Tausha July 22, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    This is beyond darling! So, so, so cute! Wish that I was as talented with a saw and nail gun! Your photography skills are rockin..as always! Love it!!
    Have a fabulous weekend!!

  37. dhardt July 23, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    I have almost that exact set and am looking for ideas…very cute!

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  39. The Christianson Crew August 24, 2011 at 11:43 am #

    Beyond loving this!!! Question: because you used MDF for the seat, you had to do something to make it looked distressed like the rest of the wood. Did you paint it a dark color first, or did you just add some dark paint on the edges over the white to make it look distressed?

  40. Tam November 18, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    This is so wonderful – fantastic job! I gotta check out the rest of your blog! Blessings!

  41. Genevieve February 14, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    That is so gorgeous!!! I so want to try to do this but never take the shot.

  42. Amber April 29, 2012 at 9:51 pm #

    Your bench turned out so great! You are so insanely creative! I love it :)

  43. marcella September 20, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    I am about to start a project like this and had a question. Did you use nails or screws to attach all of the pieces? Also, if primed and painted, will the mdf survive outdoor weather, or should I use plywood, etc. Thanks!

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} October 2, 2012 at 8:26 pm #

      I used nails, but screws would work too. MDF is not recommended for outdoor, so a solid piece of wood or plywood is best

  44. Billy July 11, 2017 at 8:03 pm #

    Great job on bench. How did you attach arms to back for a solid fit.

    • Sausha @ {Sweet Pickins} August 28, 2017 at 1:41 pm #

      screwed them in from the back

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