Bed UpCycled into a Bench

This head and footboard had been sitting in my garage for sometime, it was time to bring new life to this piece and of course a bench would be perfect!

If the head and foot board are the exact same size its easy to cut in half and make into a bench. This one unfortunately was not so easy. You can see the red circles is where we had to add wood and the top circle is where we cut the profile.


I wanted to distress this piece a little bit I didn’t want the natural maple to show through. I specifically wanted the distressing on the edges so I spray painted with Rust-oleum espresso. Then used a wax on those areas so the white paint wouldn’t stick to it.

I use a #4 steel wool to really grip on to the wax and white paint to take it off after I sprayed the white on.


You can see I still ended up rubbing through a little of the espresso paint and exposed the maple but for the majority the distressed areas are darker and I am happy with that. Because I used a paint and top coat mix from ML Campbell I am done with painting the bench. Now to add the seat.

I had stained pallet boards three different colors and then sanded to make it look warn. I did top coat these to make them look uniform.

She’s all done! Where would you put this beauty?


Thanks for reading our blog this week. Have you upcycled a bed? We would love to see what you have done with it!

Happy Junking,

Tara and Becca


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