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Knotty Bench

 I first saw these benches at Brimfield a few years ago. I couldn't wait to make my own. First you have to find a  headboard and footboard. They seem to abound, especially the odd sizes.
This youth bed was perfect.
Cut the footboard in half. I used a jigsaw. Then I bought some knotty pine boards; 1x 2" for the ledger boards and 1x 4" for the apron and seat. 
I started by adding ledger boards on the footboard/side pieces. I placed them just a board depth down from the the top of the horizontal boards. This allowed for the planks I added for the seat. 

Next, measure from the bottom of the leg to the bottom of the ledger board. Use that measurement to position the ledger board on the headboard. Glue and screw the ledger boards in place. 
I attached the sides by putting screws in from the back of the headboard. Predrill to avoid  splitting. To stabilize and square the corners, I added 4" pieces of wood with 45˚ angles on either end with screws. 
 Cut a piece of 1x4 to fit the area between the two front uprights. This is called an apron. Glue and screw it in from the outside of the sides. It should be even with the top of the ledger boards.
Add a piece of 1x2" in the center to stabilize your seat.
 Five 1x4" planks were used to make the seat. They rest on the ledger boards. I had to cut out little notches at the four corners to accommodate the bedposts. Glue and finishing nails secured the seat in place. At this point I set all of the nails with a nail set and took out the screws, used a larger drill bit in the holes and drilled down abut 1/8" so that when I replaced the screws the heads were beneath the surface of the wood. It's a bit time consuming but you'll thank me later when your bench looks professional.
The next step is to use paintable caulk to fill in all of the holes and gaps. Smooth the caulk with a putty knife (or old credit card) and a wet finger. Prime with a stain blocker (like Bin or Kilz) to seal the knots and old varnish, otherwise they will bleed through your final paint finish. The primer will raise the grain on the new boards making them feel rough. Lightly sand with fine sandpaper then spray with any color you wish.
Tuck this in a shaded patio, at the end of a bed or just about any place you could use some extra seating.

62 comments:

Suzanne said...

You did such a great job! If I hadn't seen the transformation, I would have never guessed.

Deborah March said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS!

oops! said...

So So CUTE! This was a perfect youth bed to turn into a bench! I love the spindles!

Nicole said...

I have 3 different headboard/footboards that I want to do this to, just have other projects that take up more space to do first. ;) Great tutorial.
Stopping by from www.DavisDomestications.blogspot.com
Whenever I get the chance to make them I will link back to here. Following you now, would love it if you followed me too! ♥

BluBabesCreate said...

I've wanted to do this for the longest time! Thanks for sharing! Come over and see some front porch love!

ginalovesdave said...

That is so cool!! love it!

SuzyMcQ said...

This is beyond adorable and so well done with a fantastic tutorial. Thank you so much! Love your color choice, but it is too cute to put outside.

Shirl said...

Hi, I'm your newest follower. Love this bench, it looks fab, great tutorial ... :0)

Saby said...

This is so dang cute! I am now going to be on the look out for an old twin bed...thanks for the inspiration!

The Accent Piece said...

This is SO creative! I'm very impressed!
I'm your newest follower - thanks for all the inspiration!

Brooke said...

Very cute! I love the color you chose. Now to go out and find a youth bed of my own to use...

Artsy VaVa said...

What a beautiful bench! Great job!!!

Maggie said...

OMG i just luv luv this...
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Karima said...

Wow, what a great transformation, you did a great job! saw you on link party, now google following you, Karima x www.karimascrafts.com

Lori said...

Thank God I found this post!! I have several of these for the exact purpose of making some sort of bench! Never knew how to do it, but you step by step in GREAT!! Thank you sooo much for sharing. Follower starting today!

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Karima said...

I really love this, you did a great job! I have signed in with my craft account this time. Karima www.karimascrafts.com

Melissa said...

You've given me something new to hunt for at garage sales. Great job!

Katy said...

This is unbelievably great!! I'm showing this to my husband so he can make one for me! Love love this. Thanks for posting!

Terry said...

Not only is this a great tutorial, I so want to have it be mine so I can make a 2-die-4 cushion for it and fluffy pillows! It's beautiful.

Amanda K @ Every Creative Endeavor said...

This turned out so cute! I love the blue and it looks so great outside!

Claire said...

Fantastic job-so creative!!

Robin said...

Love your bench! Thanks for the great tutorial! :0)

A Few Pennies said...

Adorable; I would love to have one too. Great transformation!

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

Thank you so much for being a part of Tales from Bloggeritaville’s Thrifty Thursday! I just LOVED your project and am featuring it in my Friday Flashback! I hope you will link back to my Thrifty Thursday in your post as a contributor.Its all about the link love! :)
I sincerely appreciate you linking up. It’s not a party without guest! Thank you!
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Lana said...

This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing your step by step instructions.

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vikki said...

Thanks, great tutorial.

Diane said...

How cute is that bench. Great job!

feelincrafty said...

Beatiful! I want to make a couch for our campsite... This might just be the way to go! Thanks for sharing!

Debra @ Common Ground said...

LOVE THIS!!! thanks so much for the step-by-step how-to, it turned out wonderfully! thanks for linking up with VIF, xo Debra

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Krista said...

Just wanted to let you know that this will be featured at this weekend's link party. Make sure you come check it out. Thanks so much for sharing!

Dear Lillie said...

This is the coolest idea! I am going to "pin it" so that someday I can try it!

Rachelle @ Adventures in Creating said...

This is amazing! I used to have a headboard like that, I'm sure my mom has gotten rid of it though. :/ Love the idea, and I'd love it if you would stop by my blog and check out the giveaway I'm having for a Dremel Trio!

Theophanie said...

I have wanted to make one of these forever! I don't know why it never occurred to me that other o=people have done it too... I am glad I can follow your directions and not mess mine up!

Chocolate Drool and Kisses said...

Wow this turned out so beautiful! You did such a great job, what a great way to turn something old into something new and beautiful.
Crystal

vida said...

Ficou maravilhosos fiz um mas não ficou nem parecido com o seu ,parabéns é muito gostoso ver coisas tão lindas,bjs

lauren @ West Furniture Revival said...

LOVE THE BENCH IT TURNED OUT GREAT AND I LOVE THE COLOR YOU CHOSE!

Lesley said...

This is absolutely fabulous! I must go to auction sales now and find a bed like this to do this project. Thank you!!

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