COMPANY NAME: Kuntry Wudn Tings And Deco
OWNER: John Jimenez
Here is a bench that I made using mostly recycled materials and scrap wood. It didn’t cost much to make. I had much of the actual material to deck the sides and bottom of the bench, as well as the top.
I got the idea of the project when I was at a local flea market. I started seeing a number of headboards as I walked along. The gears started churning and I wondered what I could do with a headboard since there was a large selection to choose from. Finally I ran past the one you see below:
It had the curved cut outs at the top of the headboard, as well as the spindles that stemmed out from the squared posts. I knew this was the one to use, no matter what I was going to do with it. Finally it hit me. I am going to make a boot bench. This could work for the back, and I would just have to build a large hinged box to put things inside of it. So I got to work.
To begin, I cleaned up the headboard and sanded it really well. Then I figured out the height of the box so that sitting on it will be comfortable. I transferred the height lines to the headboard leg. From there, I started framing it. I ripped some 2×2’s for the frame and screwed them together as you see here:
It is up to each individual as to if they want to stain the pieces before or after it is assembled. Once the frame was in place, I added the two cleats in the front as you see here, in order to give the structure more support. Using 2×2’s for the frame works well, but you will need to add a little to it as I did. This prevents it from weaking over time on the walls.
Just work your way around the box like I did here, and within a short period of time..
You will have all of the sides covered with the material. Again, I used scrap for most of the bench, so there was very little cost to the project.
Now that the box was finished, I went ahead and painted the headboard. I chose white so that the color would be neutral, and any color I use on the box itself would flow well with it.
Once I had the headboard finished, it was time to stain the box itself. I chose a Cabernet color (like the wine) and it really set it off. Pulled attention to the entire bench. Here is the stained box and finished product:
I went with black hinges for the seat and thought it best to just let the wood hang over the sides a bit in order to make the lid easier to lift open. This also prevented me from having to add a handle to the lid, which I didn’t want in the way when someone was sitting down.
If you have any questions about the design or anything that I build, be sure to contact me at the email at the top of this page. Thanks for looking!
John Jimenez – Kuntry Wudn Tings And Deco