Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Four Poster Headboard Bench

Hey guess what?  I finally built a headboard bench.  Can you believe I never have?  It must of been this particular bed frame that finally inspired me to do it.  I love how tall the posts are and I've never really seen a headboard bench with the tall posts although I'm sure it's been done.  Hopefully It's not because I'm the only one who thinks it's cool. Ha.

It came with the canopy parts.  I thought it would be fun to use part of them on the bench.  Wouldn't the canopy be cute with lights wrapped around it or a cute bunting.  Or maybe grapevine or pip berries. Oh and at Christmas time you could do cedar garland and hang ornaments Gah! Oh the possibilities.


I made my seat 22" deep to allow for a cushion and some pillows.  The cushion will go with it but those are my pillows. I used them just for staging the photos.  I need to make some to display it in my shop space. 

For the finish I primed with latex primer tinted cream and then top coated with a light gray.  (Hand painted uggh I need a sprayer)I love the combo of gray and cream for a layered distressed finish.   I finished it with a matte clear coat. Both the paint and the finish are interior/exterior in case someone wants to use it outside on their front porch.  

For some reason my vision for this is to be in a tween girls bedroom.  I can just picture my nieces all curled on it reading a book and/or texting.  It's probably because some of my friends when I was young had this style of four poster bed in that creamy color you know from the 70's. With the ruffled white fabric canopy.  I just realized I always wanted one. 

The canopy part can be easily removed and just the finials can be put back on.  

Anywho I forgot to take pictures until I had already put the bench slats on so I have no tutorial to show.  Never fear I have two links for you, Gail's twin headboard bench tutorial & Holly's.

This was a fun project except for moving the thing around.  definitely need two people and a truck.  

Oh that reminds me of a funny story.  When I was loading the head and foot boards into my SUV all sweating and silently cursing there was this guy standing there just outside his business, smoking a cigarette watching me.  To get this thing to fit I had to angle it into the back then out the side door while running back and forth lifting it and pulling and pushing and this guy is just.watching.me. Finally he calls out to me "wow you're amazing I can't believe you got it in there."  Seriously Dude, couldn't offer to help?  So glad I could entertain you.  Then I thought I guess I was a stranger and he might be scared I was trying to go all silence of the lambs on him and trick him into the back of my car.  (it places the lotion in the basket..) Ya that was probably it.

OK well I guess that's it.  Have a good one!

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Sandra said...

Wellllll--my first thought was "what a jerk that guy was, no gentlemen left anymore, he must be lazy to the bone marrow!" Then I decided I might (possibly, maybe, could be) wrong. Maybe he was disabled, has a bad back, or artificial legs, or severe pain. Maybe he has a bad heart, and even tiny bits of exertion could kill him. In which case he should certainly stop smoking. Anyway, I have stopped mentally calling him ugly names. Sorry you had to do it by yourself. But, hey!!! You did it~~and isn't that a great feeling?

Katie @ Creatively Living said...

I LOVE it! I love the finials on it, but the idea of decorating it seasonally is pretty hard to resist.

Totally awesome! I haven't even started painting my door. This is why I probably shouldn't pick up extra project! haha

I had someone come to see the house yesterday and someone coming through tomorrow, so I've been cleaning and pulling weeds like a crazy person.

Hope all is well,

Style Sisters said...

This is amazing!!! I can totally see it dressed up for any holiday like you mentioned....it is so dang cute! I love it! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday and share this with us

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous!!! Love it! I also see one of those benches in my future, since I have the spindle headboard and footboard in my shed. But, mine doesn't have the extra high spindles, huff!

Full Circle Creations said...

Outstanding job! Seriously wonderful! I have been looking for a four poster bed with canopy for years. When I find them they are either too expensive or missing pieces of the canopy. I made one that had taller posts but not this tall. I can so see decorating it. Love it! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!


LovePetunia said...

Wow, is that adorable! I love the canopy on it too. You did a wonderful job-some lucky person is going to snatch that right up! I too wanted one of those french provincial bedroom sets when I was a little girl. My mother was a big antique-er so I had an antique brass bed and antique wicker desk and chair and an antique walnut dresser. Pretty cool looking back on it but truly all I wanted was that white funiture with the canopy bed. Love your loading story! Have a blessed day! Meghan

anangloinquebec said...

Okay, now that... is fantastic!! You are soooo creative girl!!

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gail@My Repurposed Life said...

Mimi! great job on the bench! :) I have a headboard with some slightly tall posts, but I don't have the foot board to match...so I'm waiting to see what I'm going to do with it.

funny story about the man--I've had those sorts of things happen too.
thanks for linking to my bench tute, and sharing at Catch as Catch Can.


Alicia @ Sweet Ava Kate said...

Love the bench and your story of how you got it home made me laugh! Your idea of decorating it for holidays is brilliant! I picked up a few gems yesterday... Hope to post about them soon! :)

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

LOVE the bench with the canopy!! So many fun options...my first thought was draping it with fabric or burlap...so dreamy :) Laurel

Katie Drane said...

How creative! The bench looks awesome, thanks so much for sharing:)


Anne said...

Sheesh - some people!!! love the bench, I would totally hang curtains all around the sides and across the top - very arabian nights :)

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Gasping! I love it!! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from My Repurposed Life. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/10/make-it-pretty-monday-week-17.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Tracy Snyder said...

Beautiful!!! Came over to see this from your feature on My Repurposed Life. Glad I did. Love the idea of lights on it and would love to see it decorated for Christmas.

Anonymous said...

This is great!! I found you via "My RePurposed Life." I am now officially on the hunt for a 4 poster set to turn into bench for the landing at the top of my staircase! Thanks for the inspiration!!! Bravo!!! :) ~Amber

Mindi@MyLove2Create said...

I love your bench! It is fun with the tall posts, I agree for a teen girl would be perfect! Funny story, can you believe people, maybe he was just so entertained watching you, wondering if you could do it, he forgot to ask for help...!

n...n said...

I came over from Gail's site and I must say that this is my favorite bed-into-bench remodel I've ever seen! Really, really classy looking. Great job! I hope I can build one one day too.

Pam @ Frippery said...

Hi, Just found your blog through Hometalk and have been taking time to check out some of your projects. Love the bench. I laughed out loud at your Silence of the Lambs reference. Whenever my daughter or I am looking for skin cream or sunscreen we say, "It puts the lotion on it's skin or else it gets the hose again." Bwa hahaha. Glad to see someone else has a slightly skewed sense of humor too! I am off to check out more posts, Pam

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