It’s last Thursday of the month and you know what it means, right? Time for another Thrift Store Challenge! It’s that time when we get together and share our finds on thrift stores, flea markets, free finds, anything cheap works! and how we transform it into something for our homes.
Last month I showed you my floating under counter storage boxes and today I’ll be sharing something I love to make, a headboard bench.
- Upcycle an item(s) from a thrift store, resale store, or garage sale into a new piece of decor.
- There’s no monthly theme.
- There’s no budget to stick to.
Meet the Hosts
Vintage headboard bench tutorial
Hubby came home one day with a surprise for me. Let me tell you I’m getting used to it, love this kind of surprises, forget purses and flowers!
He brought this beauty
You know my motto is DIY on the cheap, so I used what I had instead of buying more wood. You may find affiliate links for your convenience, you can read the disclosure here.
Here’s the list of the materials I used to make the vintage headboard bench
These were the cuts I did after measuring the headboard.
The long one was for the front, the apron of the bench
Two for the front legs
Two for the sides.
I wanted to double check the measurements before putting it together so I laid it on the floor. It would look like this and everything was correct. Time to screw.
I used the KregJig to make pocket holes. There would be hidden so I didn’t plug them.
I laid the bench on the floor and checked the hight of the apron. I had glued some scrap wood to the headboard and used clamps until they dried.
Here’s what I mean. Those pieces of scrap wood (or a long one if you are not cheap as me) would give you the height you need for the seat, otherwise, it would have been too low.
Then I took a piece of wood I had found curbside time ago and cut it to fit. Fixed some holes it had, slightly sanded it and it was ready to paint.
You’ll have to excuse the mess in my workshop, the weather has been awful this winter and I packed everything there. Also, you know I can’t work on a project at a time, right? Why do I need to wait for pieces do dry if I can be working on something else at the same time?
It was time to paint it and I had a clear idea of what I wanted for it.
Having those gorgeous details it had to seem old and vintage, so milk paint was the way to go. I love that paint because it’s green, no VOC and chemicals there, and it sticks to raw wood like there was no tomorrow.
I chose Snow White Safe Paint and a little pinch of Pitch Black to achieve a very subtle gray. Then prepared the paint by mixing paint powder and water, 1:1 ratio. You can read about using milk paint for furniture more deeply here.
Sorry, I don’t have any picture of it all white because I was so excited to age it… but you get the idea. I gave it two coats and waited 24 hours to fully dry. Then I dry brushed some metallic cream Belt Buckles to make the details pop, and protected it with Daddy’s Vans Wax, again no chemicals in it.
They truly pop!! Don’t you think it looks gorgeous? Then wait
Look at all the shades. I really love how it looks.
Now that’s a real vintage headboard bench!
Here’s another shot of it.
I staged it and crossed my fingers it would sell quickly.
I love playing around with things to take pictures, that way I also improve my photography skills 😉
That metallic cream is awesome and it goes a long way. Look the shades it gives to light paint.
It is more beautiful in real life. You can also use it in dark colors and it looks amazing too. You can see what I mean in this metallic console makeover which I painted with dark blue milk paint and applied some metallic cream as well.
There is no technique for this, just dry brush corners and exposed areas more, and then with the brush almost dry in other places.
Being it vintage nothing happens if you go heavily in some spots.
Now, who would have guessed this vintage headboard bench has been made out of bits and pieces?
I am just in love with it.
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