Pinterest things are usually iffy with me. But that doesn’t stop me from trying. Oh no.
So when I scored this bed for $4 at a local garage sale, and the woman who sold it to me mentioned she was going to turn it into a bench “like the ones you see on Pinterest”, you know I was all over that.
“All over that” = dumped the whole project in Ken’s lap.
He told me the pieces needed to be sanded and painted, and made a face at me that suggested he wasn’t going to break his neck getting those steps done. So I pulled on my martyr britches, queued up The Walking Dead on Netflix, and sanded and painted my heart out one night.
Pieces sanded and painted, I piled them all up in Ken’s workshop. But in a friendly manner, without a trace of nudging. Honestly!
On Saturday, tired of walking around blue pieces of wood, Ken looked on the internet for “instructions for making a bed into a bench like you see on stupid Pinterest”.
Shockingly, this yielded zero results.
So he winged it. Because he is a genius like that. I came back from taking Gabriel to a reading class and running some errands, and found Ken sitting in his workshop, watching the World Cup. As I was drawing in breath to complain, he pointed over his shoulder at….something. I turned and looked:
I don’t get him. ”Just clamped some stuff together”? IT ALREADY LOOKS JUST LIKE PINTEREST!
Anyway, here’s what he did in his words (versus my words, which are “he sawed some stuff, and I left him alone, and then I had a bench”)”
If you have the railings to the bed (we did), saw off the ends, rather than dealing with removing the hardware. These will become your seat boards. Figure out how long the seat boards will have to be to accommodate the headboard length. Then measure out how deep three boards, side by side, will be. That will be the seat depth. Cut the foot board to that depth (the foot board becomes your bench sides), then screw them into the headboard.
He used two pieces of scrap wood, attached them to the sides, and then screwed the seat boards into that. If he had had the slats to the bed, he would have created an apron of some sort from those, but you just can’t get good, intact $4 beds anymore, I guess.
Then I painted over the screws and the support boards on the underside, and what was once this:
Oh, and while I was staging this photo specifically to pin to Pinterest, our neighbor brought back Veronica, who was trying to ride her toy car down the street after her brother. While I was dying a thousand deaths that our children are escaping and being returned by the neighbors, she’s going on and on about how the bench looks “just like something out of Pinterest!”
High praise indeed. Just don’t pay attention to the escaping children, and life over here looks pretty bucolic.
Anyway, still riding high off the buzz of a Pinterest project done well, I scored this slightly more expensive bed off craigslist: