This tutorial will show you how to make a headboard entryway bench using a kitchen cabinet! It really is easier than it sounds, especially if you follow my tutorial.
White Headboard Entryway Bench
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 2x2’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 of the headboard entryway bench.)
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 ¼ inches more narrow than the headboard. I used some plywood on either side to fill in the empty area.
Patch and repair Headboard Entryway Bench
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 routed, 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. The headboard entryway bench is coming together nicely!
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 DIY Chalky Paint 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 headboard entry way bench. 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???
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.