How To Make A Headboard Bench In 1 Day

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How To Make A Headboard Bench In 1 Day

Like most of my projects, this headboard bench took a little turn from what I had envisioned. If not for my sweet friend Tammy Graves with Rustic Orchard Home giving me the idea, this project may have not had as much cattiness. Oh ya, I’m calling this one CATTY for sure! Read on…

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How To Make A Headboard Bench

In 1 Day

Like most of my projects, this headboard bench took a little turn from what I had visioned. If not for my sweet friend giving me the idea, this project may not have had as much cattiness.I picked up this vintage headboard full knowing that the plan was to make it into a headboard bench. It was small (twin size) and would make the perfect bench. But with the vintage headboard came issues that needed to be tackled before painting.

Cleaning And Prepping The Headboard

I removed all the loose veneer before painting the headboard bench. It had beautiful detail in the pics before I purchased it, but closer inspection at home showed veneer damage. A lot of it! Because of the age, it was a simple fix. Most of these pieces that have veneer have perfectly good wood underneath. The plan was to paint anyways, so no problem. I used a paint scraper and it popped right off. This is not always the case and usually, more aggressive techniques are needed.

Choosing Colors For The Headboard Bench

Here is a complete supply list for the products I used to prep, clean and paint this headboard before making the bench. Click on each product below to see the products and where you can purchase them.

I used Boss stain blocker to prevent bleed through that might ruin my finish on the headboard bench.After a quick cleaning with White Lightning (follow directions on the product) I sanded the headboard down with 220 grit sandpaper. Another quick wipe down with a damp cloth to remove leftover dust. I applied one coat of BOSS to prevent any bleed through due to the age of the piece. I painted my headboard bench project with Cotton and Caviar before building the bench. I used the colors Cotton and Caviar to paint the headboard first and then went back with my painter’s tape and taped off bold lines that were painted with the caviar. BOLD STRIPES totally inspired by the talented Tracey Bellion with Tracey’s Fancy! I love the classic look of black and white.

Adding Gold Leaf To The Headboard

And then there’s GOLD! If you don’t know me, I’m a huge fan of gold leaf. This is where it takes a twist. I had envisioned a random pattern of a gold leaf falling down over the headboard. Actually, I had already completed it and was… just okay with it. So I stopped. To the corner, it went with the “meh” projects. It wasn’t until a few weeks later that my friend mentioned that it looked like leopard print. LIGHTBULB! I like this catty idea!

Leopard Print Pattern

Adding liquid leaf to my headboard bench was perfect look for the leopard print pattern. So after the gold leafing, I went back and added more Caviar (black) and even added this liquid leaf to give it a slightly different metallic gold. I really liked it! Oh if you want to know how to paint leopard print, search “how to paint leopard print” on Pinterest. Seriously, it’s not hard.

Adding liquid leaf to my headboard bench was perfect look for the leopard print pattern.

Building The Headboard Bench

Below is a complete supply list of the things I used to build the headboard bench.

My inspiration for the catty headboard bench project. Leopard print!And the cattiness continues! Meet Linda, my newest rescue. I may or may not be turning into the crazy cat lady. This was her first full day in the studio and she just made herself right at home. Like she knew this was her place. After about an hour, she curled up in a chair and slept the rest of the day… right through all the sawing and sanding. I wished I slept that well. I think it’s her cattitude!

I sanded down all the boards before assembling the headboard bench. The 1X10 boards were measured, cut to size and sanded well before the assembly. It’s totally a custom project so your measurements will depend on the size of your headboard that you use.

Creating Pocket Holes With Kreg Jig

The Kreg Jig pocket hole kit was the perfect tool when building my bench. Mr. Honey Do (aka hubby) helped and drilled the pocket holes with a Kreg Jig. This is a must-have tool when building benches and connecting wood.

Headboard Bench Assembly

The headboard bench was secured with screws to give it strength.Each board was attached with special screws that came with the Kreg Jig Kit.

Securing The Legs

Adding these large bed spindles to my bench and it was the perfect look I was going for. This was a bit tricky! I had picked up this large bed spindle thinking it would work well for legs. Not saying this is the best way to do this, but it worked. We took some scrap wood and built a box around the legs and secured them well. It was the easiest way plus I was determined to make it work. Bless Mr. Honey Do for putting up with me. I get pretty headstrong when I want what I want. And I wanted this to work! It did.

I added wood glue before securing the bench seat. Two 1X10 boards were cut to fit for the seat. I added wood glue and secured the seat with my pin nailer. The nails were countersunk and filled with wood filler.

 Before Painting The Headboard Bench Seat

I sealed the wood with BOSS before painting the bench. I painted the headboard bench seat with BOSS (stain blocker) and Cotton (white mineral chalk paint) and sealed it with a topcoat in a satin finish.

The Catty Headboard Bench

The headboard bench has a lot of cattitude!

Create staging is a must when staging a headboard bench. These gold glitter shoes are perfect!

My inspiration for this bench is my business group The Creative Makers Tribe

A headboard bench built with cattitude in mind.

This DIY headboard bench was inspired by The Creative Makers TRIBE. I LOVE my TRIBE!This was fun and a bit catty! I enjoyed making this bench and it just feels good to repurpose these beautiful vintage headboards. Have you ever repurposed an old headboard? Feel free to share your experiences and comments below.

Until the next project…





  1. Turn out beautiful, I watched when you were doing the gold leaf., and was wondering how it turned out. Beautiful and one of a kind

  2. Do, this is beautiful! I love the mottled tones of gold at the top. I recently found an old art deco headboard I want to make into a bench. I really see the need to purchase a Kreg pocket hole jig! Thanx for sharing! <3

    1. Thanks Yvette! The mottled happened by accident when I ran out of gold leaf and purchased more from a different manufacturer. Happy ending! The Kreg Jig is an essential tool for any DIYer. If I can help in any way, please feel free to reach out to me. Have a blessed day.

      xo, Do

  3. This is so beautiful and what I needed for inspiration to complete the one I’ve been procrastinating on for weeks! Ty! ( I think you should add matching stripes to the front of the bench !!). So glad I found you!! Xoxo

    1. Hi Jessica! I’m happy to meet you. Don’t forget to sign up for my weekly newsletter where I share so much more. Those benches are so fun to create. Stripes would look awesome! xo, Do

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