When we moved into our new house last year we were fortunate enough to buy a lot of new furniture... But that left us with old pieces that we needed to sell, donate or my favorite option, re-purpose!
We had this old red farmhouse Pottery Barn headboard that I couldn't part with. I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it at the time, but I figured I'd come up with something. And so I did. I decided it would be the perfect bench in our entry way. A spot to hang your hat, put on or take off your shoes or set you purse down when you walk in the door. It's become our new dropping station, which to be honest is so much better than our kitchen island. When our kitchen island is full of stuff it gives me major anxiety!
Here are pics of the process. It just so happened that the queen sized headboard fit perfectly in our hallway, it was like it was meant to be there!
With the help of my awesomely handy hubby he was able to engineer the perfect bench to attached to the headboard. All it took was a few 2x4's from the hardware store. Plus items we already had, wood screws, tape measure and a screw gun.
We also bought some pre-made legs at the hardware store. They were the perfect height so we didn't have to cut them down at all.
Once it was all put together it took me a little bit of time to figure out how I was going to finish it. And to be honest, I'm not sure it's 100% done even now. I still might at something, maybe a nail head detail...but we'll see. Sometimes I have to look at something for awhile before I decide what I want to do. But for now I stained the top in a dark Walnut stain. I didn't want to have to match red paints that would be right next to each other. This stain is the same stain I used on my chalkboard frame which sits opposite this bench. So it works perfectly in the hallway.
I did however decide to paint the bottom red. I didn't want too much stain or anything too dark. So I took several red paint chips from the hardware store and tapped them to the bench. After a few days of looking at it in different lighting I decided on the perfect red. It's a little bit brighter, and I might add a bit of the stain over the red in areas. But again, it takes me some time to figure things out. I often times do my projects in stages until I think they are perfect.
But for now this bench is pretty perfect! It matches everything else going on in the entry, it's a perfect dropping spot for bags, shoes, hats, jackets, mail etc. It coordinates with my wood paneling on the front entry wall, and the wood frame around my chalkboard.
I think my entry hallway might be my favorite spot in my house. It's so bright and so much fun!