Headboard Bench

A few weeks ago my sister-in-law sent me a picture of a bench made from a headboard. The request was simple, “Can you make something like this?”  Of course I answered “absolutely”. I mean, I have never done one but it seemed simple enough at the time plus I was pretty sure that it would be awhile before I was called upon for my services. Well low and behold about a week later,  I had a headboard and footboard sitting in my garage ready to go!

This looked simple enough. Cut the footboard in half, attach it to the headboard and then find something for a seat. Well when I first cut the footboard in half and mocked it to the headboard, I noticed that it caused the bench to be too deep. If I had continued on, it would have looked more like a daybed than a bench.

So I concurred with my “customer” and we agreed to knock another 12′ off of each side of the footboard. Now we had something that more closely resembled bench dimensions!

Now that the footboard was cut to the right size and I was able to dry fit it to the headboard, I noticed that it was too tall to make a solid connection to the headboard. At current height, I would have had to attach the footboard to the curved portion of the headboard. This just wouldn’t do.  The only logical choice was to cut a few inches off of the bottom of the footboard posts.

The purpose of this bench is to be used as a prop for my sister-in-law and her husband to use in their photography business. With that in mind, I wanted to build it sturdy and capable of holding up to any customer regardless of size or sitting position. So I  added three wooden dowels to each side to help reinforce the weight that could be placed on it.

I then drilled pilot holes from the back, and used three wood screws to draw it all together.  This bench is not going to fall apart!

With the footboard securely attached to the headboard, I now needed a seat. I thought about purchasing some wood from Home Depot to use but I didnt think it would blend well with the weight and design of the rest of the bench. So I headed out to my local Habitat Restore in search of something that could be used for the seat.  That is where I ran across a sweet (and heavy) table that was missing legs.  It was perfect…and cheap!

I brought it home and cut it to the proper dimensions. I used an old bunk bed ladder to assist with my straight cuts. 🙂

The new bench top was attached to the rest of the bench using wood screws. I continued to drill pilot holes to help avoid the wood splitting and countersunk all screw heads below the surface in order to later come in and cover with wood putty.  After I had it all attached,  I sent pics to my sister-in-law and her husband and although they loved it, they felt that something should be below the seat to help “fill-in” the empty space. I agreed completely. As it currently stood, it looked a little “long” legged.

Back to the tabletop I went! I cut a section off and attached it vertically right below the seat.  A quick sanding, some holes filled and joints caulked and we now have a bench! All that is left is a paint job. Once that is complete, I will be sure to post updated pics.

I love having a plan for projects but sometimes things just come together as you go. That was the case for this bench. I started with an idea of how I wanted it to look and I ended up with something that I am truly proud of. Best of all, my sister-in-law loved it!

Time Off

Ashley and I are getting ready to welcome the newest member into our family so my time posting will slow down for a bit. Don’t worry though, I still have plenty of DIY projects and posts in the works, it might just take a bit longer to get them up. I am thinking the first one back will be our new nursery which is amazing!

In the meantime, please enjoy this picture of my garage wall. Yes, I am painting my garage walls. Basically I had 8 gallons of paint that I needed to get rid of so I combined them all into a very large bucket and am using that to paint my garage.

I am also working on a total revamp to my workspace and when finished should allow me to work on projects easier without impacting my families ability to use the garage.

See you in a bit!

Cozy Couple Makeover

I told Ashley a few months back that if she ever came across a Cozy Couple at a garage sale, that she needed to buy it. After seeing all of the Cozy Couple makeovers on Pinterest, I knew that I wanted to do the same thing for our kids. Imagine my excitement when she calls me at work one day and says she found one!

Now that I had the Cozy Coupe, I needed a theme. I have seen Batman, lowrider, and custom colored Coupe’s but I wanted something different. Something original. Right now our little man is into Superman so I figured that would be a safe bet.

So “B” and I started the unassembly process.

We first took pictures of everything to make sure we knew how to put it back together when finished. I have found out with past projects, this is very important. In the day of digital cameras and cell phone cameras, this is very easy to do and well worth the extra time.
After disassembly, I began the painting process.  I used Krylon’s “Fusion for Plastic”.

This paint is specifically designed for painting plastic but I was not impressed. Even after waiting the “7-day” chip proof duration, my paint immediately began to flake off in spots. It says no sanding or priming required. I am not sure if it would have helped though.

Before I painted, I pulled off all of the stickers except for the dashboard. The headlights and taillights were going to be custom but the dashboard I wanted to keep original. So I did my best to cover it with painters tape and then prayed that when I was done and pulling the tape off, the sticker wouldnt come too.

The new headlights are made from reflective tape and the tail lights are from reflector signs. The taillights didnt fit the “opening” that the previous stickers occupied so I covered them with painters tape and used a hole saw to carefully reduce them in size.

After the 7 day “waiting” period, I put everything back together. “B” came down the next morning and was blow away. I know this because he rounded the corner in the living room and said “WHOA!” He spent the rest of the morning sitting in it, eating, watching TV, and driving around the house. Success!

Before and After

Finished product

Painted Candle Holders

When Ashley and I first moved into our new home there were these candle holders located above the fireplace mantel that we just didn’t care for very much.

At first glance, one would have thought they were hard-wired into the wall but upon closer inspection we noticed that they were only attached to the wall via a small screw. We proceeded to take them down, throw them into a box and toss them into the garage. After all, the bright copper look of them was not quite our style.

After moving the containing box several times while out in the garage, I decided I needed to do something with these things. I hated the current look but couldn’t bring myself to throw them away or even to donate them (I am on a huge upcycling kick right now).  We have been having really good luck with the Rustoeluem spray paint on some other projects, so I decided to give painting these a shot. Ashley happened to have some left over paint from another project  so I figured it wouldn’t cost me anything to experiment.

I couldn’t be happier with how they turned out.

Before I even started painting, I knew these would look really nice on the support posts leading into the gazebo.  After they were painted and attached, I proved myself right.

 Before and After

New Thermostat

This isn’t much of a post but I wanted to get something up to show everyone that we are continuing to do work on the house.

This was a simple swap. Removed the old thermostat and installed a new energy efficient model that allows us to schedule temp changes throughout the day (even though we have yet to do that).

As you can see in the last picture, I need to repair the wall above the new thermostat to cover the spot where the old unit once was.

Old Thermostat
New Thermostat

Book Shelf Modification

There was a bookshelf that my wife found online that she really liked for the girls room. After careful consideration we decided not to buy it.  We figured it would be too small for our needs. The feature she liked the best was that it had a bin at the bottom of it that would prevent toys or books from falling out. Here is the motivation for the project we were about to tackle.

It was made pretty easy with some pre-primed MDF that I got from Home Depot. Ashley made it pretty with letters that spelled out the girl’s name (not shown). In the end, I liked it much more than the one we saw online and the kids seem to really like it too.