Mimi Sue's Cottage

A home is much more than a house built of lumber, brick, or stone. A home is made of love, sacrifice, and respect. We are responsible for the homes we build. We must build wisely, for eternity is not a short voyage. There will be calm and wind, sunlight and shadows, joy and sorrow. But if we really try, our home can be a bit of heaven here on earth. Thomas S Monson

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Headboard/Footboard Bench

I bought this headboard/footboard at a yard sale maybe four or five years ago
thinking it would make a great garden bench.
So it sat in the garage and got buried and then uncovered when we'd
clean out the garage and then buried again.
A couple of weeks ago the Mister decided he needed a fun little EASY
project to work on so we dug out the headboard and footboard.
He cut the footboard in half.
The footboard makes the arms of the bench.

The ones we saw on the internet or in cute little stores used L brackets,
but he thought pegs would work better and certainly look better.

He was right.
He used some wood we had in our stash for the seat.
I think it turned out pretty cute.
He thinks it needs to be painted.
I think it needs to stay chippy. 
He doesn't really understand about chippy paint.
We'll see what happens.
I still need to make it a foam cushion.  Probably I'll wait til next spring to do that.

What do you think?  Paint it or leave it?


Karen Mortensen said...

I love it. It is so cute. Good job.

Primitive Stars said...

Hello, love love love the bench, should stay chippy. Great job Mister,wonderful work. Blessings Francine.

Scrap for Joy said...

I love the bench in it's chippiness! I have this pinned to one of my boards on Pinterest. Your hubby did a great job...the pegs are so much better than the brackets. Once you put a cushion on it (or even a folded up quilt), I'll be right over to sit a spell!

Kerin said...

You guys did such a great job on the bench.

That's one of those projects that I've been wanting to do forever.... yet, still haven't :)

I'd wait and see what fabric you decide on.. then, see if it works with chippy paint, or fresh paint.


Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

Leave it! I love the way it looks. Great job you two!

cynthia lee designs said...

I love the bench...and would leave it chippy. It looks great!!

Abby said...

Darling!!! What a handy man that husband is!

Donna said...

I love it, Mimi! I love it chippy too. I think keep it the way it is. Your hubby is a very handy man.


Loree Clary said...

Love the bench and though everyone says to leave it chippy I think it would look great with a coat of really nice paint in a great vivid eye popping color. Maybe a nice yellow-green or daisy yellow. Good job!

Paula said...

I love this bench! love the color and the chippy paint!

Paula said...

I love this bench! love the color and the chippy paint!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

He did a wonderful job! I love it! I would paint it - you can always distress it a but.

Kathleen Grace said...

I picked up the cutest headboard/footboard by the side of the road about 10 years ago. I had been in my basement all that time and I fianlly gave up and put it out to the road. *sigh* This is so cute, why didn't I ever make the time?