the bench project is done!

It was certainly a learning curve for us beginner DIYer's....
but it's done!

I know there are a lot of these neat bench transformations out there, and this is just our version of it!
It was really fun working with my husband on this, although at times there were frustrations.

  Mostly because we started this with the most basic of tools. 
And I mean basic.
As in, Amish country.  (well, almost)
No chop saw.
A drill with so so bits.
But I am really happy with the results- here it is:

Here's the transformation in pictures:

the original state:



the footboard chopped for the sides

Like I said, it was a little bit Amish Workbench- we literally sawed the pieces.
One thing I didn't take into account when I bought this and made plans for it was the fact that we were dealing with round parts- not flat sqaure sides.  So we had to tweak things a bit to get it to piece together properly. 

After we had built the seat frame we purchased a piece of pine for the seat.
The frame was also a little tricky because of the rounded pieces, but it came together.

I thought I'd taken some pictures of the trim pieces I added to the front and sides,
but it looks like I missed that step. 
One of the great things about blogging, and something that I needed in connecting with other creative people, was project 'helps'.  I had never tried Gorilla Glue until this bench project, and I can see why it is so popular.  My dad has used it quite a bit, so I guess I should have remembered that.....but seeing it so often on so many projects out there spurred me to give it a try.  I used it on the trim pieces- you can see the front piece here....

I'm hooked!
Side view of the trim.

And the bench with our table:

I'm so happy to have it in our nook.  I think it will be a great place for friends and family to hang out, and a comfy spot for homework.

I added a little turquoise fleur de lis to the back of the bench, but the verdict is still out on whether or not I'm liking it.....we'll see.  I may decide to go a little bigger with it.

Here's the breakdown:
headboard/footboard: $9.99
MDF primed trim pieces: $3
pine board for seat: $32
2x4 framing: some free from scraps we had already- one purchased ($2 I think?)
Paint: already on hand
Gorilla glue: $2.79

Not too shabby! 
Next on the agenda is a seat cushion for the bench.  I need to purchase some foam and find some fabric that will work for the space.  Trying to decide on easy clean up Sunbrella type fabric, or something that can be easily removed and cleaned when needed.

Happy Monday everyone!  Where did September go???

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  1. Very creative! I am a new follower from Monday's blog hops. I am looking forward to reading more of your blog. Blessings...
    Saved By Love Creations

  2. This is awesome! I am stoping by from Making the World Cuter Mondays. I love your bench - you did a great job!


  3. I Love it!! We are working on our 3rd & 4th headboard benches right now... I think I might be addicted to them :) Yours turned out great, and I love that you have it at your kitchen table!

  4. That turned out so amazing!! I love it!! I agree that these projects are a learning experience! Hubby and I are doing one now and I can see how things get a little tense at times! You two really rocked this though!!! I like the fluer De les too!

  5. You did such a wonderful job!!! Looks wonderful!

  6. Great job! I love it. Most of my projects are trial and error, usually the results are worth it tho' :)

    Looking forward to checking your blog out more. Tks for stopping by and leaving such nice comments.

  7. Wow, what a project to tackle! I love it, and I just discovered your blog through "The girl Creative" link up. Great Job! Heidi

  8. My goodness! What a beauty! (and the bench too! ha!) It's your best one yet!

  9. Wow! It turned out great! I love it at your table.

  10. I love this! In my dream world, I would make these all day long. What a terrific job you did and you would never know by looking at it that your tools were Amish. ;-) Very nicely done.

  11. I am hosting a trash to treasure Tuesday party over at Sassy Sites! You should come by and link up!! :)

  12. I love how that bench turned out. I have an old headboard that was mine when I was little but no footboard so I will have to do some serious building. I love how yours turned out, having the footboard really adds alot of charm with the legs and such. Anyway, it looks great.
    Also, I am a new follower, Yay!

  13. It is simply darling! Nice job on your bench made the Amish way ;-D.


  14. Just wanted to tell you that I think you guys did an awesome job on the bench and it really looks beautiful!

  15. That is WILD!

    Sue @ Beach Bungalow

  16. You did a great job on your bench! My daughter "makes" things all the time. I'm sending her a link to your blog. She'll love it, too! Thanks for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  17. Your bench turned out great, I love it. What a fun project. I really like the new look of your blog too, I guess it's called a banner? Looks great.

  18. I love how you transformed this bed. Looks like it wasn't the easiest of projects, but look what you have now. Great job.

  19. So happy that you transformed this old bed into such a CUTE bench...luv it!


  20. Terrific job! Thanks for stopping by and linking to Anything Related!

  21. SO gorgeous! i'm your newest follower + would love for you to link up at A Crafty Soiree... the linky party I co-host on Thursdays at

  22. great job! I've made several benches. Each one is different, and unique. Yours turned out beautifully!
    way to go

  23. Your bench turned out FABULOUS!

    Love it!

    Starview Sonnet

  24. I've seeing these around blogland and they still amaze me. Yours looks great! I like where you're using it.

  25. I love using benches at the table. This one is really sweet! Great job!

  26. very cute. i like how you re-purposed existing furniture and made use of a lot of things you had on hand.

  27. You did great and I mean GREAT. It is hard to do it without the power tools but you remind me that it used to be done all the time that way. Kuddos to you.

  28. Wow! You are a handy girl! The bench turned out great!

  29. omg this is the most amazing thing i've seen all week!! i've been looking for a long bench like this for our front porch.. to paint turquoise.. this would be the best of ideas for that!! thank you so much!! i'm so excited!

  30. This is gorgeous and you'd have a hard time getting a bench made with such pretty details for a reasonable price. I am going to have to start keeping an eye out for old headboards. Thanks for sharing with us at A Crafty Soiree! Hope you'll join us at the newest one, it begins tomorrow!

  31. Denise..

    This is ABSOLUTELY outstanding!!
    Wow! I LOVE what you've created looks soooooooooooo great!
    Im feeling descriptive this morning lol
    I have those headboards too...from when our kids were small. Hmmm you're making me want one.
    I love benches and what they add to a room.
    You are so talented...
    Bravo!! I love it in white too!!

    Happy Day!!

    Deborah :)


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