before and after

Before & After: A Headboard Is Given A New Life…As A Bench!

by Maxwell Tielman


Sometimes the best design ideas come to you when you’re under financial pressure. Just ask Kelly, the blogger from View Along The Way. On her blog, Kelly chronicles the journey she and her husband take as they both renovate and redecorate a previous foreclosure home—while working on a relatively tight budget. When it was time to update her home’s foyer, Kelly wanted something that would appeal to her design sensibilities—something that was eclectic, colorful, and imbued with elements of her own personality. When push came to shove, however, it was Kelly’s budget that would have the final word. “The bench was DIY-by-necessity project,” Kelly says. “There’s just nothing on the market in my budget that would fit the space like I wanted, so my husband and I created it out of a little Hollywood Regency-style headboard we found at a yard sale.” With a bit of out-of-the-box thinking, some elbow grease, and a fresh coat of paint, Kelly and her husband were able to create a beautiful entryway bench that looks well beyond its final $29 price tag. “It’s been such a functional change in our lifestyle to have this little sitting area by the door,” Kelly continues, “with a place to store our shoes below it, instead of in the middle of the kitchen floor.” Check out more photos, Kelly’s process notes, and the full budget breakdown after the jump! —Max


To create transform this $3 headboard into a bench, Kelly and her husband began by removing all of the staples from the headboard and disassembling it.  They then used a jigsaw to cut out the middle portions of the headboard and used wood glue to reassemble it at a smaller size. Kelly’s husband, Andy, then used scrap wood to craft the seat and legs for the bench. Once assembled, they used a paint sprayer to apply a primer and Rustoleum’s oil-based black enamel. For an in-depth look into the process, check out Kelly’s blog post about it here.


Oh, hey! Is that a Design*Sponge book I see on the bench? Holllaaa!


Project Budget

Headboard (from a yard sale) — $3
Can of oil-based enamel paint — $13
Wood for front legs and supports — 3-foot 2×2 (poplar) and 6-foot 1×3 (poplar) — $13
Wood for bench seat — Free (Already owned)
Screws & nails — Free (Already owned)
Total — $29

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