Repurpose the headboard and footboard of an old double bed to make a beautiful bench.
You Will Need
1 You need two equal sections for the sides – use the footboard for this. Measure from the outside of the footboard 500mm inwards and draw a line from top to bottom. Saw along this line with your jigsaw.
2 Glue and screw together two of the 400mm lengths between the two 1280mm lengths.
3 Place the remaining three 400mm planks flat in the frame – one at each short side and one in the middle. Glue and screw together.
4 Measure and draw a line 400mm from the bottom edge of the two sides. Screw the two 430mm spacers onto the inside of the sides.
5 Now attach the seat frame to the two sides. Place the seat frame on its head on the spacing planks; glue and screw together.
6 Now mark the spot where the sides of the headboard will be screwed together to form the back of the bench. Drill four pilot holes on the inside of the marks on the headboard and turn the headboard over. Countersink the pilot holes with a 16mm drill bit.
7. Place the frame with the sides back on the markings on the headboard and clamp in place. Secure with screws.
8. Using the 24mm bit, drill holes in the chipboard (this prevents the sponge from becoming mouldy). Place the chipboard on top of the sponge and staple the sponge to it. Place the sponge-covered board on top of the reverse side of the fabric, pull the fabric tight and secure it with the staple gun.
TIP Fold the edge of the fabric over for a stronger join and neater finish.
9. Sand the bench lightly with the scourer and coat with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint or a paint of your choice. Allow to dry completely.
10. Lightly sand with sandpaper to create a weathered look, seal with Annie Sloan Wax and buff with a soft cloth until nice and smooth.
Words: Deon de Goede, Home magazine
Images: Francois Oberholster