Farmhouse Bench DIY

What to do with an old headboard? I decided to build a farmhouse bench for our kitchen table. We really needed a table bench design for additional seating. Our kitchen table gets a lot of use from daily meals, homework, and visits from friends or family.

The table bench seat has to be strong and sturdy to hold up to our daily family use.

building headboard bench frame

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I found an old queen size headboard with a unique style. The wicker texture on the backrest was a bonus. Also, the length was perfect size for our kitchen table. The headboard DIY idea is working out so far.

The front legs and side rails are left over parts from another footboard we already had. No extra cost! We did have to purchase the pine boards for the seat frame.

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We already had four solid wood maple boards to make the seat and front board. Yes! For the seat, three maple boards are glued together to make one large board by using wood biscuits.

A wood biscuit plate joiner is used to cut slits into the sides of boards where they will be attached. The wood biscuits are glued into the slots and the boards glued where they connect. The pipe clamps are attached to the boards to apply pressure while the glue dries. The clamps are left on for 24 hours.

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The bench seat and front board are sanded with a drum sander multiple times with 120 grit and 150 grit. The boards are stained and lacquered for a smooth finish.

We did notice a problem though. Because of the headboard’s length, it needed more support for the middle. Another support leg is attached to the back of the bench by using scrap wood. Problem solved!

repurposed headboard bench with wood seat

The headboard, legs, and rails are sanded with my palm sander. A grayish white paint color is applied by using a paint spray gun to get a nice finish. The paint brought out the beautiful features of the headboard. Love it!

By building our own farmhouse bench with a back, we have a one-of-a-kind table bench decor.

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Once the paint was dry, I distressed the bench using my palm sander again. Finally, the seat and front board are attached with 1 1/4″ wood screws.

repurposed headboard bench with wood seat

Once we started using the bench, the front seat posts are in the way when trying to leave the kitchen table. We decided to cut them off and put in its place a metal medallion. The total project cost was roughly under $20. What a huge cost savings reusing building materials that we already had!

repurposed headboard bench with wood seat

The farmhouse bench turned out so beautiful!

We get lots of compliments and inquiries of where we bought it. There’s always a look of amazement when I tell them we built it!

Our farmhouse bench is one of my top favorite DIY repurposed furniture ideas.

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