Friday, September 30, 2011

Jason’s Headboard Bench-Done at Last

Were you wondering if I would ever finish the headboard bench my daughter’s friend Jason asked me to make?

It’s done! 

Really and truly.

I just need to deliver it.


Heck, even I was wondering if I would ever finish it! 

You see, in case you hadn’t noticed, I have this awful habit of setting a project aside once I hit a snag with it.  

And sure enough, with Jason’s headboard bench I hit a few many more snags.

Let me refresh your memory, I had first used a poly shades stain and poly in one, with very bad results.  I then had to completely sand the entire bench again to get rid of the ugly botched finish

The second stain came out great! 


That was the last time I wrote about it.

That’s when I started hitting the snags. This time with the polyurethane finish.

After putting the bench in time out for a while (it festered in the far reaches of the garage for many weeks) I finally mustered up the energy to get back to it and finish.

I’ll spare you all the gory details, (hint, they involved even more sanding and re-staining!)

Somewhere along the way I managed to cover the seat cushion with the really beautiful, super heavy upholstery fabric Jason had bought for this piece.

I must say, I was pretty intimidated by the quality of this stuff! (and we all know I can’t sew for beans!)

Here’s a photo of the fabric taken in daylight.  The colors are so beautiful.


Jason decided throw pillows in the same fabric would complete the bench, so I picked up a couple pillow forms and sewed a basic cover for each. 

Nothing fancy here.  My sewing machine didn’t much like going through the heavy material.


Sorry about the glare, I had to do a photo shoot in the living room with some floodlights added.

The house has just been so dark lately and I didn’t want to drag this outside and risk scratching it.

The fabric colors look totally different in this light!

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This is how the bed looked originally.


And here she is today.



I don’t think I’ll tackle another refinishing project soon. 

This one totally kicked my butt.

I sure do hope he likes it!

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  1. If he doesn't like, you know where to send it. It's beautiful and he picked out a fabric that coordinates well with the finish. What a nice way to preserve a family heirloom.

  2. Whoa! Rose, that is beautiful. Glad you were able to muster up the energy and gumption to finish it...and get the garage cleaned out for Mike! ha!

    see...I'm not A.D.D. all the time

  3. GORGEOUS! Absolutely gorgeous... I don't know what else to say.

  4. Stunning. So jealous as I have a headboard awaiting bench making and just can't get to it. You are so talented.

  5. It looks awesome. You did great.

  6. I think you SHOULD keep at these kinds of projects.. you've done a great job. They are a lot of work, but so worth it. I love the color of the fabric you chose.
    Nice job.

  7. You made a gorgeous bench. I love the colors in the material and how well they go with the stain you put on the bench. Well done, Rose!

  8. This bench is gorgeous and really turned out fantastic! I'm sure he will be happy with it. Love that fabric! hugs, Linda

  9. Excellent bench!!! I just might have to be on the lookout for a headboard of my own.... Thanks for sharing this one!!

  10. OMG Rose that is soooooo gorgeous. I sure hope Jason appreciates all your hard work on it. You really outdid yourself on this one. I absolutely love it.

    Awesome fabric too... good choice.

    Hugs, Deb

  11. No matter HOW many hours you spent, and HOW many snags you hit, your end result is utterly SPECTACULAR!

  12. That is beautiful, Rose. The bed frame is very nice to start out with and you used that to make a unique looking bench!

  13. I have several headboard/footboards. Thanks for the inspiration, planning one of these soon!

  14. Jason's bench is beautiful! It makes me want to make one and NOT paint it. :) Well---almost! You had so much trouble with this. I wouldn't want to go through that!
    I'm so glad you stuck it out because the end result is beautiful!

  15. Hi, there! This turned out lovely. Btw, I'm admiring all the creativity here in your blog. May I invite you to join my Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

  16. This is probably my most favorite bed/bench ever. Just awesome!

  17. Rose, you have outdone yourself! It's GORGEOUS!! Worth the snags and everything. He'd better love it!

  18. I would bet he LOVES it! I know I do.

  19. There is no way he won't love this. It has to be the nicest bench I've seen. Absolutely beautiful. Also inspires me to try one. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Gorgeous! I love the fabric, too - the mix of wood tone and fabric is perfect ... warm and inviting! You did great!


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