DIY Up-Cycled Bed Into A Bench

DIY Up-Cycled Bed Into A Bench

Happy Wednesday, Friends! We have a new DIY project for all of you! This week we are UP-CYCLING this old BED into a BENCH! How fun is that!?!? Y’all know it is impossible for us not to find a use for just about everything. 😉 But the truth of the matter was that we actually really needed some extra SEATING in our newly renovated mudroom. And this fits the bill PERFECTLY.

So, here is what it looked like when we first got it…

bed bench 1

Yes, this poor bed was CRYING FOR HELP! This bed was actually saved from our neighbor’s BONFIRE! Yes, it was going to be burned! But we pulled it out, cleaned it up, added some paint, and gave it a NEW LEASE ON LIFE!

Here is our step-by-step process on how to turn your own bed into a bench:

1. We started out by making the arms of our bench. For this, we used our footboard. After measuring for our center and cutting our footboard directly in half, we added 3 pocketholes with our Kreg Jig on both the top and bottom inside pieces that will be connecting with our headboard.

bed bench 2

2. Next, we added Titebond Wood Glue to the upper and lower inside portions that would be touching the headboard (Where the pocketholes are at). We then stood up our each arm, one at a time, and then clamped and attached each to our headboard with our hitachi drill.

bed bench 3

3. Now that our arms are securely attached, we will fill all of our holes with some Dap Plastic Wood. It dries QUICKLY and DOES NOT SHRINK or CRUMBLE once fully dry. You can also add plugs to the pocketholes (This will help to reduce the amount of filler needed).

bed bench 4

4. While that was drying, we started on the seat portion of our bench. For this, we used (2) 2 x 8’s side by side.

bed bench 5

5. Now that are Dap is dry, we will sand our bench. Our favorite sander is our Bosch Variable Speed Random Orbit Sander. This is also a very good time to make sure that all of the previous sealant is removed. If not, we would have problems with our new coat of paint properly sticking.  And as you can see in the picture below, we also added (1) 2 x 4 to the back, underside of our bench. This is for stability purposes. Another will be added to the front portion of the bench when we add our seat.

bed bench 7

6. After fully sanding our bench down, it was time for some paint! For this project we chose Sherwin Williams “In Pursuit Of Teal.”

pursuit of teal

We even added some to our adorable feet and knobs.

bed bench 8

This was our “before” picture of course.

7. Now that our paint has fully dried, it is time to DISTRESS! We went with HEAVY distressing on this piece. Since it is going in our mudroom, we figured the older and more rustic it looked, the BETTER! Even our little beagle, Gingerbread wanted to get in on the action. But, as all kids do… she quickly got tired and ran off to leave Patrick and I to finish all of the work. That little stinker! 😉

bed bench 6

8. And now it is GLAZING TIME! For this portion, we used Rustoleum Java Brown Glaze.

bed bench 9

And here is what it looked like once we wiped it down… teal bench

9. Once we finished staining our seat with Minwax English Chestnut Stain, We attached it and fully sealed our entire bench with Minwax Satin Polyurethane.

And here is our FINISHED product…

bed bench 11

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