It’s Trash to Treasure Tuesday! This is a fun time where my blogger friends and I get together to show you how we take some #trashure and turn it into something new. The subject of my post today is this twin headboard we bought as a part of a set. The dresser set was done in this post, and now it’s the headboard’s turn for some lovin’. Because of the design of this piece, I decided to turn it into a repurposed bookcase headboard bench complete with storage. Let me show ya what I did.
At first, those built-in cubbies totally reminded me of nesting boxes or “bins” for chicken when flipped on its backside. I kept thinking I would be creating something along those lines, but the last few projects I did were wall related and I wanted to change it up. Something that struck me was that the board spanning the front fit exactly over the “bins” like a lid. Here is what I created utilizing those pieces.
It didn’t have a bottom, so I cut a piece of new wood to fit. I stained and pre-drilled counter-sunk holes before attaching it. However, here is a peek to give you the idea.
Next, my goal was to build up the sides. I cut two side supports out of a 1″ x 12″ board. I had hoped to get a bit decorative with it, but because that box lid needed clearance, I had to keep the design to a minimum.
Once I dry fit the sides, it was time to create the top. I wanted a rustic, planked look, so I used 1″ x 4″‘s cut to length for the seat. Yes, this is me out in freezing temps wearing a turtle neck, two sweaters and my down parka trying to get this thing built. I need a new home with an awesome shop attached, eh?
Actually, I really don’t mind as long as I have layers. It’s all I have known since I was born here and I couldn’t live without the snow. However, I found that living down south meant it was wretched hot in the summer…sooo not for me. As a result, the only perfect place to live that I know of is heaven.
Okay, so my goal was to make use of every bit of that headboard. I even yanked of these bed rail supports and used those as reinforcements for the seat I was creating. Those side supports will become something in a bit too. Hang on!
Finally, after a bit more DIYness, here is my newly created repurposed bookcase headboard bench. (say that 5 times fast – ha!)
The bench came out just as I’d hoped with ample seating and plenty of storage below.
In addition, I added hardware that would keep from the lid from slamming down and make it easier to access those bins.
Plus, notice the bin on the wall? That was made from the two side supports and beadboard. woot!
I’m tellin’ ya, nothing goes to waste around here. tsk. I even was able to make a small shelf and towel bar using the ends of the supports and a croquet mallet handle. The little corbels are the scrap pieces from the headboard.
Not only did I have fun creating this repurposed bookcase headboard bench, but also hope you enjoyed seeing how something can be put to use in a whole new way.
Best part is that you can find the bench, the wall bin, the shelf, and even my ticking pillows all in my shop available for purchase. (SOLD)
In addition, pin and share this project to encourage others to think outside the headboard…hee hee hee. Seriously though, sometimes it’s just finding that inspiration to get us started on a wonderful adventure.
Don’t forget to head below to see what my friends have created for you! Oh, and up next, I will be showing you how this dresser got a new lease on life.
WAIT!! Did you see these awesome Trash to Treasure Transformations?