I’ve been busy making another headboard bench with kitchen cabinets. This is another small bench that would be perfect for an entry way.
Can you see this kitchen cabinet ….
and this headboard in the above bench? At first glance I hope you couldn’t tell it was a cabinet.
This is how it all started. I had these two pieces stored in the garage, and I noticed they were about the same size. I brought them out to the driveway to see if it could all come together.
This is during the dry fit stage. I cut some 1x’s for the seat, and some 2×2’s for the front legs.
I had to notch the board that was in the back. I basically drew it out the same as I did the seat for the latest corner bench. (I put the board on the ground and drew around the legs.
I know from experience that the handy board used on cabinets doesn’t paint very well, so I cut a thin piece of plywood to give a more finished look on the end of the bench.
In this picture you can see a step that I haven’t explained yet. The kitchen cabinet was about 1 1/4 inches more narrow than the headboard. I used some plywood on either side to fill in the empty area.
This is with the thin plywood in place. I secured it with Gorilla Wood Glue and my nail gun. You can see I patched the slat areas on the headboard.
If the cabinet doors had horizontal lines routered, I may have kept them on, but because they had vertical lines, I decided to remove them and patch all the holes.
I like to take pictures of the paint with the project so I can remember what I used. In this case it was the $7 gallon of Porter Paint I got at the ReStore. I have bought 3 gallons total, and should have bought more. It mixes up a great batch of the DIY chalky paint to use as a primer.
TIP: Remember to paint the underside and backs of your projects for a more finished look.
Here is the (semi) finished project. This is after one coat of the DIY chalky paint and one regular coat of the Porter Paint (in a flat sheen) It’s ready for a top coat, but as always I am undecided on what color to paint it.
We had a gorgeous Saturday and I worked outside all day. I was able to paint with my Finish Max, but time got away from me and I didn’t know what color to use, so it sits waiting for a final color. By Sunday, it was cold, rainy and SNOWY.
Even though it is unfinished, I staged it with a couple of baskets and a pillow. I love making headboard benches, and I really love changing them up and making them differently.
Do you have a color suggestion? I’m thinking RED???
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