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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Headboard Bench for Linda

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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”.

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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?”

Deal! 

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

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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!)

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

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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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13 comments:

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

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

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  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
    smiles
    Paola

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

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  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!

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

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  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!
    gail

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  8. Wonderful! Nice job on this adorable bench.
    -Revi

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

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  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 though...lol

    Great job Rose.

    Hugs, Deb

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

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  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!
    ~Tami

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