I found a queen size broken pediment headboard and footboard set the other day at a local thrift store for $10. (The DAV, or Disabled American Veterans Thrift Store is a great one in Prescott, AZ. I ALWAYS find great deals there.) I decided it would make an absolutely fantastic headboard bench. I already started choppin’ when I remembered to take this picture. (By the way, the Metallic Secretary Desk you see in the background of this picture sold this week!! Yay! And the woman also bought the Funky Lamp I did a while back for her daughter, and has a couple of commissioned pieces she wants to have redone as well! Double Yay! Hi, Diane, if you’re reading!)
But onto the project at hand… I cut the footboard to be the sides of the bench and attached them to the back post of the headboard with a scrap from the middle part of the footboard like so:
I decided to try a new tool and a new technique on this project. I stole borrowed my mom’s Dremel to add some hand-carving on the large open space on the back of the bench (headboard.) First I composed a design on the computer and printed it out. Then, with a pencil I heavily outlined the design, taped it face down where I wanted the design to be, then rubbed with (in my case) the end of a chopstick to transfer the pencil lines onto the piece.
Then, I carved the design with the Dremel. It gets really hot, so I could only do it in about 10 minute increments before letting the tool cool down again.
For this project, I decided to use a blogopshere favorite, Rustoleum Heirloom White spray paint. This was a large project, so it took three cans. The coverage is great with Rustoleum Painter’s Touch. The only drawback for me is that I can’t use my favorite little spray paint gun with their specially designed top, so it makes my fingers tired. (I really can’t wait to get a paint sprayer…)
Very stately, don’t you think? I LOVE it!!
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