Have you ever wanted to upcycle your vintage queen headboard into a corner bench? Why would you want to? Because, a corner bench makes a great statement piece in an entryway or foyer. In addition, the corner bench takes up much less room than a huge queen sized bed headboard bench.
How to make a Corner Bench
This is our headboard "before"
Cut Headboard in Half (almost)
We place it on the table saw to cut it. To get the proper size you cut it in half minus the thickness. This one was 61 inches and it was ¾ inches thick.
Divide 61 by 2= 30.5
Subtract the thickness of the bed 30.5 minus .75 = 29.75
One side of the bed will be cut 31.25
the other side of the bed will be cut 29.75
Attach Two Sides Together
This is why you need to NOT cut it in half. One side butts up against the other side.
Make sure you square the corner.
Add Front Brace
We try to find a "third" leg that matches, but sometimes we just have to go with what we have. In this case a 3x3 or even a 4x4 would probably have made more sense.
We attach a 2x4 for the front brace, using a level to make sure that it isn't cattywampus (gail's favorite word)
Multiple Drills Make Things Go Faster
This is our arsenal. One drill to make a pilot hole, another to sink the screw head, and the third one to actually drill the screw in. Having 3 drills really makes the work go a lot faster!
Measure and Cut Seat for Corner Bench
Cutting the plywood across the front is not an easy task for me.
Homemade Painting Jig
Someone can probably tell me what this kind of thing is called. I know what it's used for, but I do not know the technical name. Anyway, I made my own by using some old dresser drawer pieces and my battery operated nail gun. I shot some really long nails through a thin board.
It keeps the plywood raised off the table, to make painting it easier. As I said, I don't know the real name, but I have seen them on HGTV.
Paint Corner Bench
I like to use 2 coats of primer.
A put about 2 ½ to 3 coats of black on this bench. I used a brush, however, I did use some spray paint to make sure I got in all the grooves of the appliques.
Apparently, I was so busy getting ready for our show, that I forgot to take an "after" picture.
I used silver rub-n-buff on the appliques. It really highlighted the details.
You can see it here in one of my pictures from our show in Glendale.
Over the years, I've changed how I make headboard benches. See my favorite Mission Style Headboard Bench with Storage-The Complete Tutorial
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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.