This French Bench has to be my favorite repurposed headboard bench. I love finding unique and rare beds so I can transform them into a bench.
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This one is my favorite because of the poster spindles, that give the repurposed headboard bench so much character. This headboard reminds me of a French antique headboard.
The other reason is because I picked her out of the trash! I find some of the best beds in the trash. I found out that most of our area thrift stores say no to headboard donations so people just throw them away.
We start by cutting the footboard in half and drilling 3 pocket holes with a Kreg Jig into the back sides to attach to the headboard. We like to use the sideboards from the bed as a bottom base to give the bench more stability.
This bed already had the bottom base, so we only needed a front board, so the bench had a uniform look all around.
We also used the Kreg Jig to add pocket holes to the front baseboard. The Kreg Jig is one of the easiest tools to use and it gives your piece a custom look since it hides the screws.
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Next, was building a frame to sit the bench seat upon. Again, use 2 pocket holes at both ends of the 1-inch boards and the center support.
Once the seat frame was built we cut boards for the seat. These were just nailed in place after painting and staining with my Ryobi AirStrike Nailer. Now the pretty begins.
I painted the bench using Maison Blanche Vintage Furniture Paint in the color, baguette. That paint is no longer available and I would recommend this one from Country Chic paint in cheesecake. It was lightly distressed, sealed with a matte varnish, and glazed.
The look of natural wood and paint is a favorite finish and it was an easy decision to stain the seat of the bench. The walnut stain adds warmth and brings a perfect balance to the bench. The stenciled hardboard bench is a french country style perfect for any french country decor.
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I have joined with my fellow Power Tool Challenge bloggers this month and our theme was anything goes! Make sure you stop to see what these creative builders made this month.
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