Repurposed Bunk Bed Bench

Remember this bunk bed? My neighbor Marianne called me while I was in Nashville and told me there was a bunk bed in the garbage at her next door neighbor’s house.  Marianne is the one I made the spindle table for, and she’s also the one I traded the rustic table for the bead board wallpaper.  I went outside to start dismantling this.
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I took out all the screws and buttons.  Some of the pieces were glued and I had to pry them apart.
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I was testing the waters, laying out the parts to see what this bunk bed wanted to be.  Maybe a table, or a bench? There were four boards that matched, and two boards that those four are laying on.
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A bench it is! I used the on of the  very long pieces as supports for the seat. They already had the support pieces attached.  I used the four matching boards, two for the seat and two for the back.
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If I knew what the parts of the bunk bed were called, it would be a lot easier to explain how I made this.  :)   In this picture it is still missing the front legs,  but I guess you already figured that out!
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Voila! front legs magically appeared. Well, it wasn’t quite that easy.
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I made this bench for the children of a good friend of mine. Don’t let it’s size fool you! It is very heavy, and very sturdy. It held up to myself and my friend, neither of us being Twiggy’s.  This picture makes it look squatty but it’s not.  Don’t look at the very sad petunias in the background.  Too much rain, and not enough sun!
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Luckily the stickers were lick and stick, so they were easily removed.  I gave it a sanding, and some primer. (see that other board there? Look at ALL those holes. Who knew a bunk bed had so many bolts in it?)
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This board also had a lot of holes. I used some little dowels to plug the holes.
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It’s nice to be a collector of junk!
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Look at all those holes!  As if it didn’t have enough holes in it already, I had to add more holes to make it all come together.
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It is so much easier to paint things up on a table! I turned it upside down first to get the underneath. I used some oops exterior paint on it. Mickey D’s cup full of ice water!  It’s been very hot here!
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Here it sits on the porch next door, out of the weather until the paint cures. I tried to patch all the holes, but seriously, it looked like someone had pulverized it with a shotgun!
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I will be taking it to the kids later this week. I hope they like having their own place to sit outside in their huge shaded yard.
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It’s no longer a bunk bed. It’s not my best project ever, but I didn’t have a lot to work with!  However, I did save another piece of furniture from a fate worse than death!
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So basically I have one very long piece (with no holes) two shorter pieces with LOTS of holes, and the three skinny pieces left over.  I hope to be able to do something with them.  Any ideas?  Would you have even bothered? What do you think you would have made out of it? Did I take the easy way out?
Still time to vote for my project over at the DIY Club Inc if you haven’t already. And if you have, thanks a bunch!
gail

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Gail Wilson is the hammer and drill behind My Repurposed Life. She is in the process of repurposing her life as she juggles all the responsibilities of running a home and a successful DIY blog. You can always count on Gail to give you the 411 on DIY on a budget.
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  1. Great repurpose for the wood! Who need WD 40 if ya got a little VO 5

  2. Hey, Gail
    I’m so excited you were able to figure out something to do with the bunk bed… absolutely love the bench, the kids will get lots of use out of it i’m sure. And although I dont personally like yellow the little table is very nice. Looks completely different. I’m still working on getting my dresser to tv stand project done,,at least I did go out and look at it this week,, LOL. Its just so hot!

    Stay cool ~ Debbie

  3. hi gail! came by to answer your questions…. i sell on a website (primitiveandproper.com) and advertise items on craigslist to draw in new clients.
    i sand first to distress and then i apply stain. if you stain first and then sand, the stain comes off a bit and it doesn’t “flow” as nicely if that makes sense. hope this helps! let meknow if you have any other questions!

  4. hi gail! came by to answer your questions…. i sell on a website (primitiveandproper.com) and advertise items on craigslist to draw in new clients.
    i sand first to distress and then i apply stain. if you stain first and then sand, the stain comes off a bit and it doesn’t “flow” as nicely if that makes sense. hope this helps! let meknow if you have any other questions!

  5. Good job…Good neighbor! Isn’t it funny that once people know you are a junker they start calling and saving treasures for you!

    Carol

  6. Would love it if you would join me for my 2nd linky party tonight!!

    http://lifeinmypjs.blogspot.com/2010/06/pajama-party-2.html

    ~Ela

  7. dear gail,
    i just love what you did with the old bed!! you used my favorite color for the paint! i just love it!
    i have enjoyed your blog before. i love your creativity. i love to repurpose too and you are inspirational!
    thank you for stopping by the scarlet petticoat!
    all the best,
    donna

  8. First, I love your blog and thank you for coming by mine! You are so talented and such an inspiration. I love what you do with windows! And who knew Alberto VO5 was so versatile! JenT

  9. So cute — and I love the color!

  10. Gail – I think this is probably my favorite blog to visit. Your projects are always A++++++. I always considered myself a top shelf shape shifter of objects, but I’ve been slacking in the nitty gritty woodworking side of me and I need to get that nailed (sorry, couldn’t help myself) down again. Thanks for ALWAYS being so inspiring and for making such ultra COOL STUFF. And it’s not just “pretty”, but soundly made. Yeah for you!!! Pam @ Sallygoodin

  11. It turned out great! I love the color!!!

  12. Oh Gail,
    It’s so amazing ~ and so are you! Those are some lucky kiddos to get that bench. ♥

    PS: I am enjoying your helpful hints for products at the end of your posts. Really neat & helpful. Thanks. :o)

  13. You are a genius! That bench totally rocks and you practically made it from scratch.
    xoxo,
    Kim

  14. That turned out great! Love it!

  15. LOVE that bench!!

  16. Wow! What a great idea to repurpose!! Good job!

  17. Very nice remake, my twin older brothers had a very similar bed!

  18. You really took some UGLY wood and made it into something cute and useable. Honestly I would have thrown the wood away, but then I’m not the “Repurpose Queen” – you are!

    Please post a photo of the kids sitting on the bench, I’m sure they will love it!

  19. it looks fantastic! i wondered what you would do with those bunk beds. the color si great, too- i can see a huge pot of red geraniums sitting next to it on someone’s porch. i love red and aqua together! great job as usual!

  20. it looks fantastic! i wondered what you would do with those bunk beds. the color si great, too- i can see a huge pot of red geraniums sitting next to it on someone’s porch. i love red and aqua together! great job as usual!

  21. Gee I have just the spot for that in my front yard, maybe I should see what I have to trade and take a long ride (lol). One day I hope to share my first repurpose project, thanks to you and Rose.

  22. Love it! Such a pretty color:)

    Rondell

  23. Perfect! Love every little thing about your bench… what lucky kids to get such a prize! You’re just so darn clever!

  24. Another great repurposing there and the color is perfect. It looks like you have enough left to make a small backless bench or plant stand. People seem to like them for their porches.

    I voted. Hope you win!
    Jackie

  25. Gail you certainly aced that one… I love the bench idea and the colour, perfect for outside… I am sure the kids will love it.

    You have me in total awe once again. Great job.

    Hugs, deb

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