You know I love making headboard benches, right? How about a small black bench for an entryway, or end of the bed?
This is the twin headboard that I chose to make my newest bench out of.
My favorite way to build benches is with the Kreg Jig.
To make the frame—I screwed the rear brace directly to the bedpost, and then secured the side brace using a 2.5” Kreg screw. Even though my brace wasn’t thick enough for those screws, the thick bedpost would support the long screws.
I tried to strategically place my pocket holes where I wouldn’t have to fill them. The ones on the top will be covered by the seat.
More pocket holes to attach the bottom frame that will hold a lower shelf. Again, the pocket holes on top will be covered by the shelf boards.
I cut some scrap wood pieces the exact same size to get the placement of the lower braces correct.
While testing the boards for the seat that will run across the length of the seat, I realized there needed to be a middle brace (support) to strengthen the seat. This was not necessary on the lower shelf due to less weight—nobody will be sitting down there.
This is a dry fit. You may notice that I started the bench in the basement shop, and now it’s outside. We had about a week of cooler weather and I was able to bring it up from the basement to finish it.
I used Minwax Dark Walnut to stain the seat and the lower shelf.
After patching and sanding the portions of the bed, and some of the pocket holes, the headboard bench was ready for it’s beauty treatment with my beloved HomeRight Finish Maxand some Heirloom Traditions Chalk Type paint.
This is Black Bean. Because a cold front came through and cooled us off, it was way too windy to assemble the Spray Shelter.
You can see how well loved my Finish Max is.
After a coat of Black Bean I tried out the seat and shelf boards to see how it was coming along.
The next day I was able to use my Homeright Spray Painting Shelter for another quick coat.
I applied some Heirloom Traditions Clear Wax onto the headboard bench, then buffed it off using my Homeright buffer (on the flatter parts)
I really am pleased with how this bench turned out. It’s really not like any other bench I’ve made.
That’s why I love making benches. No two are ever alike. I have used this color combination before on the pretty headboard bench.
Now for some fun news! This bench is going to be in the Homeright booth at Haven this week! Yep, not only that, but we will be giving it away. Drop by the Homeright booth for all the details. The winner will be responsible for getting it home.
disclaimer: I am happy to be a Homeright Brand Ambassador. All thoughts, opinions, and projects are my own.
great projects painted with HomeRight’s Finish Max Paint Sprayer