You know I love making benches from headboards. However, I try to change them up ever so often. I decided to give a softer touch to this upholstered headboard bench.
It started with these bed pieces. I’ve had them for a long time, I believe I got them from my sister.
I used my circular saw to cut one piece in half. I then cut some off the posts with my compound miter saw to make the armrests shorter than the back.
This small level from Tomboy Tools is great for tight places.
To make sure the seat will be level, I needed a larger level. Tip: if you don’t have a long level, you can attach your small level to a yardstick with a rubber band.
To get the back board level, and screwed in place, I rest it on my clamps. (there is nothing to clamp the board to, it rests right at the bottom of the original back board. I used my Kreg Jig® R3 to make the pocket holes to secure the sides (arm rests) to the back.
IF you follow me on Facebook, you know I fell while building this bench. It is at this point that I stepped into the frame to screw those pocket hole screws. When I went to step out—that is when I fell in the driveway with this bench tipping forward to land on top of me. Still bruised and sore.
Some beds have larger openings for the slatted side rails. Instead of using so much wood filler or spackling, I used some scrap pieces to fill in the gap. I used Gorilla Wood Glue to hold these scraps in place.
I used my putty knife to chisel off anything that was overflowing. After the glue set up, I used spackling to fill any remaining gaps.
Because I’m using an old osb piece of plywood (left over from my waterbed) I added a brace in the middle. You can see that I have filled all of the holes with spackling.
Using my HomeRight Finish Max Fine Finish Sprayer, I painted a coat of primer.
After which, I sprayed several light coats of black paint.
I used a twin egg crate for this bench. My Aunt Dot gave it to me when we got together for Easter.
I wanted to have at least three thicknesses of padding. I had to cut it several ways. I made sure that the pieces that were cut were lined up differently on each layer. To top layer was a complete piece.
I used 3Mspray adhesive to stick everything together.
I used a drop cloth for the upholstery material. I washed it in bleach and dried it to soften it up. I stapled a large piece onto the board. I had ripped about 7 inches from the hem to make the ruffle. (if you make a slit, drop cloth rips quite easily) I ironed my pleats (not pictured), then pinned them in place.
I folded the corner back to make sure I had a clean edge.
With it pinned, I took it outside to do a dry fit on the bench.
Yep, I’m thinking it looks pretty good!
I stapled the pleated hem on, then I used fray check on the edges.
On one side, when I folded it back, it was too long. I cut it off, and added fray check to it.
I had to notch the osb (seat), and it’s a very snug fit. I LOVE the finish this paint has. It is the same Behr Premium Plus Ultra I used on my kitchen island.
Here it is in my booth at Unique Creations.
The pillows had been on the Spool Bed Bench, but it sold. I didn’t include the pillows in the sale.
If you would like to see a better tutorial on building a bench, check out Twin Headboard Bench Tutorial.
Do you like the softer look of the upholstered seat?
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