Twin Benches From Upcycled Headboards For a Sea Front Apartment

Hey, friends!

Some weeks ago I heard about a trash to treasure blog hop and it caught my attention. I have plenty of trash in my house because my favorite shops are flea markets and dumpsters, so that sounded a fun thing to participate. This is my first time but there are many other talented bloggers involved that I can’t wait to see what they have to share today. Don’t forget to stop by their sites, I promise the visit will be worth!

Without much ado, welcome to the Trash To Treasure Blog Hop Outside Edition!!

Meet the bloggers

Kimm at Reinvented

Kim at Hunt and Host

Victoria at Dazzle While Frazzled

Pili at My Sweet Things

Randi at Dukes and Duchesses

Ashley at 3 Little Greenwoods

Courtney at All Things New Again

Lisa at The Purple Hydrangea

Tonya at Hey There Delyla

Denise at My Thrifty House

Wendi at H2O Bungalow

Jeanette at Country Design Style

Sam at Raggedy Bits

 

I have to warn you this will be a long post with lots of pictures. I used a new tool that took me a bit to understand how to use it properly -yes, I am that smart- but now I couldn’t live without it. You will find some affiliate links for your convenience, you can read the full disclosure here.

Ready to see my trash?

I found these twin headboards sitting by the dumpster close to my house.

How to make twin benches out of two headboards, what I started with · Via www.sweethings.net

I knew what a was going to do with them because I love headboard benches so much. Do you remember my romantic headboard bench?

I had different leftovers from other projects so I used them to build the frame. The first thing was to measure everything and cut the legs.

Once I had the legs cut to the height I wanted, I measured the distance between them to cut the front apron.

How to make twin benches out of two headboards · Via www.sweethings.net

This piece of wood worked great. I cut it to the desired length and then split it in half to use it for the other bench. I sanded both too.

Just checking it fit

How to make twin benches out of two headboards · Via www.sweethings.net

I didn’t want the front apron aligned with the legs but kind of in the middle, so I took a wood slat to raise it and trace a line where I wanted it.

How to make twin benches out of two headboards · Via www.sweethings.net

Here is where my new tool came into scene. It’s called Kreg Jig and it’s awesome for woodworking projects! If you are wondering why it took me a while to make it work I will say in my defense that all the tutorials I read were using inches instead of centimeters, but know I realize it doesn’t matter. You only have to adjust this blue thing and drill the same number (which will be the wood thickness)

In this case, the wood was 22 mm thick so I set it here

How to make twin benches out of two headboards, using a keg jig for joints · Via www.sweethings.net

And again 22 mm for the drill.

How to make twin benches out of two headboards, using a keg jig for joints · Via www.sweethings.net

These are the pocket holes that make any joint really sturdy.

How to make twin benches out of two headboards · Via www.sweethings.net

I screwed the apron to legs.

How to make twin benches out of two headboards · Via www.sweethings.net

Then I made cuts for the sides of the benches and sanded them.

How to make twin benches out of two headboards · Via www.sweethings.net

As this wood was thinner, I set the thickness to 19 mm both the Kreg Jig and the drill. Remember, you need to match the same number on both things.

How to make twin benches out of two headboards, using a keg jig for joints · Via www.sweethings.net

I did the same for the sides and I had the frame ready.

How to make twin benches out of two headboards · Via www.sweethings.net

I bought a big piece of wood for the seat. I placed it on top of the bench frame and trace it beneath it to know where to cut.

How to make twin benches out of two headboards · Via www.sweethings.net

How to make twin benches out of two headboards · Via www.sweethings.net

It was time to do something with the bazillion holes they had, so my little daughter was willing to help. We used some dowels and wood putty.

How to make twin benches out of two headboards · Via www.sweethings.net

How to make twin benches out of two headboards · Via www.sweethings.net

I repeated the whole process for the other bench but this time was faster because I had already all the pieces cut and sanded. Meet the benches before painting them.

How to make twin benches out of two headboards · Via www.sweethings.net

For the paint job, I decided to use a custom mix of Old Fashioned Milk Paint. I promise to update the post with the exact amounts of each color but I have all the notes in a box packed because I am moving AGAIN!!

Anyway, the color is beautiful and it would be perfect for the beach front apartment the benches were going to be.

If you have not worked with milk paint let me tell you it’s so easy and the results are amazing. Just mix the same amount of milk paint and water and stir, then let it sit for a while until the air bubbles disappear and you are ready to go.

How to make twin benches out of two headboards painted with milk paint · Via www.sweethings.net

The first layer usually doesn’t look that great but wait until the second one, that’s when magic appears!!

Please, meet my favorite twin headboard benches ever.

Ta-da!!

How to make twin benches out of two headboards painted with milk paint · Via www.sweethings.net

Another shot, the color changes with the different light. Thanks to my nephew Martin that took this pictures for me. You have to check his Instagram, he is really creative and have lots of cool pictures.

How to make twin benches out of two headboards painted with milk paint · Via www.sweethings.net

I also made the little table but that will be another post.

How to make twin benches out of two headboards · Via www.sweethings.net

These are the views, it’s a lovely place in the north of the island and the apartment is for rent so in case you’d love to spend some time there just let me know and I’ll give you the phone number of the owner.

Sea views from the front beach apartment · Via www.sweethings.net

I hope you liked my trash to treasure transformation and remember to Pin It for later.

How to make twin benches out of two headboards · Via www.sweethings.net

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hugs,

Pili

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12 comments

  1. Michelle says:

    I love what you did with the twin headboards Pili. They look gorgeous. We’ve been saving to a Kreg Jig and I’m so glad you shared how you used it. I would’ve struggled with inches too. Thanks so much. Good luck with the move Pili

  2. Mary - the boondocks blog says:

    Pili this is an amazing project. I have seen the Kreg Jig in action and I want one too! The benches turned out great and the color is perfect for a beach apartment. The whole space looks all ready for it’s first renters.

    Oh and good luck on the move!

  3. Wendi @ H2OBungalow says:

    Pili this is an awesome project! yay for you getting a Kreg Jig! I couldn’t do without mine. You’ll find that you start looking at things and figuring out how they are constructed so you can make them too. Love your benches 🙂 Pinned!

  4. Keri says:

    Pili, the headboard benches look amazing!! I’m so glad you were able to use the Kreg jig for this project, yay! Love the color on the benches. And wow what a view that apartment has, I mean wow!!

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