This was the gateway project for my obsession with upcycling beds... I came across this bed at one of our favorite thrift stores for a price I just couldn't pass up! I went right home and gave it a good wipe down with Murphy's Oil Soap excited to get right to work on it! It's not often that I know what I want to do with a project so when I do, I'm not going to waste any time!
I left the headboard as it, it would later become the back on the bench. I removed the bottom brace on the foot board to be used as the front and back of the bench seat (once ran through the tablesaw long ways). I also ran the foot board through the table saw to cut in half to make the bench arms.
To assemble, pocket holes were drilled in the back of the bench, where the arms would connect and also reinforced with wood glue. The seat pieces were glued and connected from the inside with a Kreg jig and screws.
For the seat I attached 1x 2's about an inch below the seat surface and inset a piece of plywood that had been cut to fit. I then used spray glue to adhere a 2 inch foam and covered with a canvas dropcloth. There was something about the simplicity and texture of the fabric with the natural wood that made me deviate from the original plan of painting it white. And I'm glad I did, what about you?