Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Thinking about making a bench.......

I love this bed.

I have had this headboard and foot board for a few years now and I absolutely love them. But using them for a practical purpose proved to be a challenge.

The colors are perfect.

The layers of paint and the patina from age are too lovely. I adore the peach coming through the green and yellow. 

But what to do with it?

Benches seemed to be the only thing but there were two sticking points that kept me from doing a bench.

•  The uncomfortable straight-up-and-down back

•  Cutting the foot board in half to make arms.

I didn't want to cut any part of this bed.


As I said, i think it's too perfect.

Anybody who saw the long-ago post where I tried to decorate with this bed is probably now thinking, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah already. So what's new?'

When I tried decorating with the headboard and foot board the result was a disaster. And that's being kind. It was beastly awful. That's being kind, too. You can see my crazy attempts here.

My mistake was wanting all my treasures on display. I couldn't cull anything.

In the end I used them as a decorative headboard and foot board on our bed, even though it's a king and this set is for a double bed. It was a challenge getting it all to work because there was nothing for the pieces to attach to and we already had a brass headboard.
Heh heh heh. Stubborness won out and I made it work.


 I used cardboard boxes, wood planks, brackets, 4 x 4s, clamps and a good dose of ugly. It stayed that way for a couple years. It was a rickety solution at best and either the headboard or foot board would fall sideways. One leg of the headboard wiggled off the wood plank and punctured down into the cardboard box. Putting it back together was hard. It was heavy and awkward trying to maneuver everything without moving the bed. And the bed was way too heavy to budge.

But the bench idea was always in the back of my mind. Finally, I came across a woodworking blog showing the foot board in front, upside down.

Why didn't I think of that?

So I attacked the bench idea with Mr Bad's help.

On the left side of this photo you can see one of my engineering marvels.

We used the blanket chest as a stand-in seat and brainstormed how to get the back rest to a comfortable angle.

After I took the blocks off it started looking pretty good. I
don't know when I'll find the time ....

but when I do, I think I'll build a bench.


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    1. This bed was an awesome find. It came from the middle of nowhere and I couldn't believe how beautiful it is!

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  3. I'm so excited to see the final result. I've done some spray paint and it great. Good luck!

  4. fabulous idea. looking forward to the final reveal.

  5. The color is awesome on this! I'm with you on not cutting into that lovely foot board to make arms. Like where your going with it now. I have a lovely old full size head and foot board...glad to have viewed the perils of trying to put it behind an existing head board!!!

  6. I totally understand not wanting to cut something, I always worry I might mess it up beyond usefulness. These pieces are so wonderfully aged and beautiful that anything you do with them will look fabulous. They are a head turner! Your bench idea is looking awesome!

  7. Great solution! I wouldn't want to cut apart any of the lovely chippiness either! Would love to see it all done!

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    I don't blame you for hanging onto this piece for years
    I would just stand it against my wall LOL

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  11. they are so perfect!! what ever you do with them will be great.


  12. Excellent build. Fantastic and simple. I was waiting for something like this

  13. I want to make simple bench for myself but I find no way of making it but I am thankful to the Workbench for posting amazing stuff regarding the making of this bench.

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