I’ve been busy making another headboard entryway bench with kitchen cabinets. This is another small bench that would be perfect for an entry way.
Old Kitchen Cabinet Made into a Bench
Can you see this kitchen cabinet ….
Funny Looking Twin Headboard
and this headboard in the above bench? At first glance I hope you couldn’t tell it was a cabinet.
Test fit of the headboard and kitchen 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 a headboard entryway bench could be made from these pieces.
Add legs and a seat
This is during the dry fit stage. I cut some 1x’s for the seat, and some 2×2’s for the front legs.
The board near the back had to be notched to fit around the headboard. I basically drew it out the same as I did the seat on this corner bench. (I put the board on the ground and drew around the legs.)
Because I know from experience that the handy board used on cabinets doesn’t paint very well, 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.
Patch and repair
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 where the hinges had been.
Paint Sprayer makes painting spindles easy
Paint the underneath side of your projects
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.
Headboard Bench made from a Kitchen Cabinet
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) The new kitchen cabinet headboard bench is 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???
Want to see my favorite Mission Style Headboard Bench with Storage?