Headboard Bench

19 Aug

I first saw this idea on a website called pintrest.  This website has beautiful pictures and wonderful ideas.  This is the picture I started with.

Since the minute I saw this picture I have been hunting for a wooden headboard with which to make a bench.  I have seen some new headboards and some  for more money than I would like to spend.  So I kept patiently (and sometimes not so patiently) waiting.

Last Saturday we took a family trip to the dump.  Fun right?

At the dump we dropped off our garbage and our recyclables.  As we were driving out I spotted what I had been waiting for!

There is a green shed off to the side of the dump where people can bring things they don’t want anymore but is still nice enough that someone else might want it.  I saw a beautiful headboard and footboard for a twin bed.  At first we thought we might not be able to use it because it was fairly small.  The picture in my head was to use a queen size headboard to make a bench large enough for adults.  But Jared had the genius idea to make a bench for the girls!

He worked on it one afternoon in the garage.  His work bench was an old boat trailer left in the garage and he borrowed the saw from a good friend.

The girls were in and out always checking on him and wanting to help.

Since the bench still needed a little something, I made a cushion to go on top.

Right now it is sitting on our front porch and is a great place to sit and watch the world go by.

4 Responses to “Headboard Bench”

  1. Karen August 19, 2011 at 10:14 am #

    What a wonderful idea! Way to work together to make a TREASURE for your daughters!

  2. Mama Mouse (aka Pat) August 19, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    Great job, you two! This idea has been rattling around in my head for awhile as well. Yours turned out fantastic, and the girls look like they are really enjoying it. Lots of memories to be made on a front porch…

    Incidentally, the dump at Cook, MN is where we spent time watching bears when I was young. Unfortunately for the bears, it was cleaned up and deemed off limits for them sometime in the 70’s. No more bear watching… (Perhaps one of The Three Bears left their headboard behind? 🙂 )

  3. sue turnpaugh August 19, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    That is so cool! You started with someone’s junk and ended up with a one-of-a-kind bench that your daughters can enjoy. Fantastic.

  4. Mike August 22, 2011 at 1:22 pm #

    Very nice!!

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