Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Headboard Bench for Linda


In August I went  to the Bouckville Antique Show with my buddy Linda.   We’ve shopped  together enough to know exactly what the other likes. 

And we have a firm and fast rule.  The first to see gets first dibs.  It works for us.

Anyhow, while browsing the many booths set up near our parking lot I came across an old headboard/footboard for a 3/4 size bed. (no side rails) 

It was marked $10.

It had a very unique style to it, I loved it, but in my opinion it screamed “Linda”.


When I called her over and showed her she liked it a lot, but couldn’t think of anything to do with it.

“Why this would make a perfect headboard bench!” says I.  “Do you have anyplace you could put one?”

“Yea, at the end of my bed, but how would I put it together?” she replies doubtfully, trying to visualize what she saw in front of her as a bench.

Well, I proceeded to explain exactly how she could do it, until I looked up at her glazed over eyes. 

I knew that look. She didn’t “see” it.

“OK, here’s the deal.  You buy this bed, I’ll take it home with me and make it into a bench for you.

But I don’t do any of the finishing, that’s all you.  Got it?”


She paid the amused vender the $10 he was asking and we went on our merry way.


I finally got around to tackling it, and delivered her bench last week.

(Can you believe I forgot to take pictures of the bed before starting? duh!)


I found a great piece of salvaged wood in the basement that worked for the front support.





She’s quite happy and promises to take pictures once it is finished.

She plans to paint it and make a loose cushion for the seat.

Her husband thinks I’m evil for talking her into it.

Hey, that’s what friends are for, right?


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  1. Please take ME with you next time! Wow is she one lucky friend!

  2. That is so pretty already I can not wait to see it when it is finished.

  3. Absolutely STUNNING Rose, now dont you want to be my friend? lol. My sister has been visiting and i have been showing her all the new blogs i have found featuring restoring all the bits and bobs we find, now i believe she is off home with a request for just such a bench for herself, TFS

  4. Of all the benches I've seen I think that's my favorite. I love the high back and sides.

  5. You are the best to see this and see it as a bench. I agree, one of my favorites you've made. I love the lines. Can't wait to see how Linda finishes it!

  6. That looks just awesome! What a really good find, $10!

  7. $10? amazingly great price! It's so cute. You did a super job making it. (you're a pro for sure) :)
    I can't wait to see it finished with paint and cushion!
    awesome job rose!

  8. Wonderful! Nice job on this adorable bench.

  9. That was a steal! It has such great details. I love the way it turned out. What a lucky Linda!

  10. Headboards like that around here are around 50.00 - 100.00. That was a steal for sure. I love the bench... it is going to be awesome when it is dressed up.

    Don't you just love that blank stare when your friends don't get it. I have a dear friend that does that to me all the time... I have to draw her pictures...we always get a good chuckle out of it

    Great job Rose.

    Hugs, Deb

  11. I've seen a lot of headboard benches, and made a few myself, but this is the BEST one ever!!!

  12. Absolutely LOVE the bench, turned out great :) Congrats from one secret curbshopaholic to another. Would love for you to check out my blog and follow me as well. We can go on this adventure together!


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