Thursday, January 29, 2009

Headboard Bench Inspiration

I loved Misti's idea to turn her $13 flea market find into a bench, so out of curiousity, I did a little research on the subject.

My search led me to Sharon at Interior Image, who was kind enough to send me a link to this darling little bench she made:


It looks great in this bedroom:


I love the way its four posts relate to the bubbly candlesticks on the table next to it.
And the colorful, little pillow in the middle of the seat works in perfectly as an extension of the art collection on the wall above.

Sharon's creativity for constructing Headboard Benches didn't stop there.
She also made one out of this one:


Wonder if she whistled while she worked? :-)


The finished product is gorgeous!




The detail on this headboard looks so "cottage-on-a-tulip-farm-in-Holland" to me, which totally appeals to my heritage and my love for all things Dutch...


I also had the pleasure of meeting Miss Jean Martha at Renovation Therapy who blogged about this PHENOMENAL headboard she plans on turning into a bench in the near future:



I CAN'T WAIT to see how this one turns out! It's one of the prettiest beds I've ever seen, and would have snapped it up in an instant too.

Lastly, Sharon S. posted this incredible Headboard/Dining Chair "Bench-For-Two" on Craftster.org :


Does this bench ROCK or what?!

The color of the seat, and multi-colored wood "skirt" on the front are SO pretty.

If I was any more inspired, I'd burst! :-)

24 comments:

Kat said...

Layla...I agree! Sharon is very talented. Her designs are always a joy to see. She gives great sewing tips too.

J said...

Love the one with the dark finish!

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage said...

They are all stunning!

Renovation Therapy said...

I love that headboard/footboard so much that I'm just paralyzed about cutting into it and making the bench! LOL

Sharon lives near me, one day I will rope her into helping me.

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

Thanks for the research Layla! I need to get moving on my bench now. I have everything to make it with, just never the time. I can't decide whether to sink foam down in a box style seat or just to wrap a solid piece of wood in foam and batting, like a dining chair. I will need to go find some pretty front legs. I want some salvaged pieces, so I am on the hunt! Love the post, I could have a handmade bench in every room!
~Misti

Karen said...

Hey Girl!
LOVE those super cute benches. Isn't it just AMAZING how much imagination people have?
Your new picture looks great - you're just beautiful - what's the word on the design show? I am so so so hoping that you will get in! I just know you could win.
Your blog looks great - you are oozing talent and inspiration...
xoxo from VA - Karen

dec0r8or said...

Good morning, Layla! Thanks for the mention! Headboard benches are FUN! I hope everyone who visits today runs out to the nearest flea market or garage sale to snap up a bed of their own! If you can use a screw-gun, you can make a bench! :)

Leigh said...

LOve them! I actually have my mothers childhood bed that I have planned to make into a bench. I have had it for years....but cannot find someone to contruct it for me. I need to start doing some serious shopping for someone who can build.

Kimba said...

Great post! I'm feeling inspired to give it a shot.

Thanks for all the links!
Kimba

vanessa said...

Thanks so much for posting! Just what I needed. I'm going to Eastbrook in Montgomery in a couple of weeks and keeping an eye out for a bed!

Inspired Kara said...

I just love love love this idea! Now I'm going to be keeping my eye out!!

Holly said...

I love repurposed furniture! I love the character of older pieces, and hate to see them wasted-so this is a real treat to see so many variations on a theme! Thank your for sharing the pictures!

Lisa said...

SOME PEOPLE ARE JUST SO SMART! LOVE THIS! HUGS FROM MAINE http://sophie4me.blogspot.com/

DomesticDivasFancy said...

I had never thought about repurposing a headboard for a bench. I cant wait to see how yours turns out as well! Thanks for sharing!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Wow! And here I didn't think I needed any headboards. Now I'll be on the look-out for one!

Cathy said...

Oh I so wish I could see the potential in "things". They are all so pretty.

{{Hugs}}

Cathy

Shannon said...

First-I am new and happy follower of your blog...LOVE everything you post :-) The last pictured bench in this post just made my day! I actually purchased four chairs at a garage sale last summer for my diningroom table, and they are the same design as as the chairs pictures...one broke (due to being so old) and I saved it and have been trying to find something I could do with it...I now have discovered what I will make-this bench-or something like it anyways-how very cool. Thank you :-)-Shannon

karlene said...

I LOVE the artistic arrangement of frames in the bedroom.

Nancy said...

I first saw this idea on HGTV, but they used parts of a crib! I love the pics you've posted and will remember this idea, Layla! You are so unique and Design Star will truly be missing an asset if they don't give you a chance!!

Donna said...

Layla you gave me the best idea. today i was out thrifting and saw a darling pink headboard - i loved it and didn't know what i could use it for..........now i know. i am going back tomorrow to buy it and i am going to make a bench for my daughters room........thanks for the wonderful ideas.........

Meg said...

Wow! What a fabulous idea that I would never have thought of. Thanks for finding these and sharing. Keep us posted on the green painted one when it's finished :) That should look fantastic. I'm now on the lookout for headboards!

Love your blog, btw! Thanks for all the inspiration, it's truly appreciated.

~meg

Casey said...

Love the bench Layla.
When you run out of things to
do you can come to my home ANYTIME!! Hope you have a fabulous weekend.

Sally

Junk Girl said...

Wow, love all of them! Thanks for sharing! Andrea

Adam and Hayley Peterson said...

I love repurposing old furniture. My husband and I are totally DIY and found some antique doors that we turned sideways, framed and put crown molding on to make the perfect bed frame for our cal king. Only cost us $189 to make our bed with headboard AND footboard. So fun thinking of new ways to use old things :)