Repurposed Bed Bench!

It is fun to turn a bed into a repurposed bed bench.  It is also better when you find them in the trash or at a garage sale for next to nothing.  This bed was lacking in the detail department, so I needed to make it stand out and take it from boring to “making a statement.”  

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What do you think?  Does it “make a statement” now?  It’s pretty bold and would not fit into everyone’s decor, but it sure would look great on a front porch or in a mud room.  

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This is how she started out, like I said, plain and boring, but she was free!  

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We constructed the seat frame and the bottom supporting frame and she is ready for a coat of paint.  This is my spray area in my workshop, so forgive the poor lighting and picture.  I like to spray most of my furniture pieces and I used the HomeRight Finish Max Pro on this bench.  You can read how to build a bench from this French Bench post.  All the benches get pretty much the same construction of a seating frame.  Each bench has different features, so you need to work with each bench to figure out what each one needs in terms of building the frame.    

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I used a Kreg Jig to attach the seat boards together.  I sanded the boards down and removed all the dust from the boards.  Now it is ready to use the Unicorn SPiT and get creative. Unicorn SPiT you say, that is a funny name, I know.  You can read all about this safe, vibrant stain and make sure you read Michelle’s story on how she started this company and the reason behind the colorful stain.  

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I used 4 colors to achieve this tye dye watercolor effect, white nig, zia teal, midnight blackness and Tuscon.  I randomly placed the liquid stain using a syringe.  You need to make sure you have plenty of stain on your wood board.  Once you have it all placed on the wood, you place a plastic sheet over top so you can spread and blend the stains together.   Since this was a large piece, I needed Mr. DD to help place the plastic on the wood and stain.  

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This is how she looked after I removed the plastic sheet.  Once the Unicorn spit was completely dry, I sealed with an oil based polyurethane, you can’t use a water based sealer since the stain is water based.  

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I painted the bench using Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture paint in Riviera and used their licorice glaze after sealing the piece in varnish.  

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This repurposed bed bench makes a great statement piece! 

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