Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Bed to Bench And A Giveaway

I’m so excited to be celebrating one year of blogging! I never thought I would have enough to share for a whole year so I have surprised myself and hope I have inspired you.

I appreciate each and everyone one of my followers. I’m so honored that you like what I do and as a reward I have put together a giveaway for you.




This giveaway includes: a mirror painted “Duck Egg Blue” and turned into a chalkboard; a pair of vintage style curtain tie-backs; a set of four shabby, pink, outlet plates; French script, burlap ribbon; six drawer pulls from Hobby Lobby; and a lovely, green, ribbon scarf that I knit myself.

Here are some close ups of each item.



















There are four ways to enter each one gives you a chance to win:
  • Become a follower of my blog either with GFC, LF, or Networked blogs and leave a comment. If you are already a follower just leave a comment.
  • “Like” me on Facebook and come back and leave a comment.
  • Share my giveaway on your blog and come back and leave a comment.
  • Follow me on Pinterest and leave a comment.


I will chose a winner using random.org on Friday, July 20, 2012. Good luck.

Now I want to share how I transformed an old bed head and foot board into a garden/porch bench. 

Here is the after:



First, I told my helper what I wanted to do and how to go about getting started. (By the way my helper on this project was my son-in-law, Jeremy, who also did all the carpentry work in my kitchen renovation.)

We took the footboard and measured in 14” on each side and cut the ends off. We then attached the end pieces at a 90 degree angle on the front of the head board. This was a full size bed so the foot board had to be cut. A smaller bed may not need to be cut down.


I chose fourteen inches because this is the usual depth of a chair.Once the foot board ends were screwed into each side we added 2 x 4’s across the width for the seat.


As you can see here we cut two pieces of 2 x 4 and screwed them into the inside of each end two inches lower than the top so the seat would be flush with the ends of the bench. Did that make sense? The picture should help you understand.

I then filled in all the screw holes and rough spots with wood filler. Once that was good and dry I sanded the whole piece down and cleaned it. After that I painted it top and bottom with primer and then two coats of an outdoor, semi-gloss, white paint.


I painted the whole bench so that it would be suitable to use outside.

After it was dry (a couple of days later) I stenciled the floral vine design on the center panels and painted the tops of the post a pretty green. I just loved how it turned out and if I had a porch I would probably have kept it. lol


I’m looking for a pretty bed to make another one, but not having much luck. Not all head and foot boards will look as good as this one does and I’m kind of picky. 



I hope you have enjoyed this makeover and are all fired up to make your own porch bench. I have to get back to preparing for my 4th of July party. I’ll share pictures and a couple of projects I did for my party later in the week.


Have a wonderful holiday. 
Be safe.

115 comments:

It's All Connected said...

Congratulations on your anniversary! That's a lovely give away and the bed turned bench is so pretty! ~ Maureen

ARod said...

congrats on your blog o versary great job on the headboard to bench and i am now following via gfc

Our Pinteresting Family said...

Congrats on your anniversary! Your bench is beautiful. Megan

Kathleen said...

Peggy,
Wow, one year, that is great! Your bench is so clever. It would be lovely in a garden! I hope you and your family have a happy 4th.
Your follower,
Kathleen

Kathleen said...

I like you on facebook!
Kathleen

Brooke Kenny said...

Congrats on your anniversary! I already follow you through GFC! Great giveaway!

Brooke Kenny said...

I liked you on Facebook!

Brooke Kenny said...

I am now following you on Pinterest!

Kathleen said...

I'm a pinterest follower.
Kathleen

Kathleen said...

I blogged about your lovely giveaway!
Kathleen

Kathleen said...

Peggy,
I apologize about the re-post of my comment. I really have no idea what happened?
Kathleen

The Other Me Is Sane said...

very lovely garden bench. you're lucky to have such a handy helper.

Terri Betz said...

Congratulations! Love your work and your blog! Have been following you via email, Google+ and GFC!

Terri Betz said...

Like you on Facebook as Blue Strong! :)

Terri Betz said...

Follow you on Pinterest as Blue Strong!
Love your hand knit scarf! What a lovely giveaway!
Thank you!

Terri Betz said...

Follow by GFC, email and Google+

Kathy Moody said...

Wow!! You always do the most amazing work. I love the bench. It turned out great. Congratulations on your one year anniversary. I love, love, love the giveaway!!!! Oh, I want to win that chalkboard. :) Thanks for the giveaway.

Kathy Moody said...

I am a follower on FB!

Kathy Moody said...

I just followed you on Pinterest.

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

That is just gorgeous. Fantastic job on the bench! Very impressed. Visiting from More the Merrier. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-4.html Wishing you a grand evening. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

pipigirl said...

followed by email, now following with gfc. my word!!!! what a giveaway maam!

pipigirl said...

am following you on pinterest also. thank you very much for the giveaway:) very nice of you to share all of this.

Kathy Moody said...

Even though my blog is a super "newbie", I put it on my blog. I still have lots to learn, but I'm getting there. LOL Here is the post...

http://www.lifeonlakeshoredrive.blogspot.com/2012/07/great-giveaway-at-pjh-designs.html

Kathy Moody said...

Even though my blog is a super "newbie", I put it on my blog. I still have lots to learn, but I'm getting there. LOL Here is the post...

http://www.lifeonlakeshoredrive.blogspot.com/2012/07/great-giveaway-at-pjh-designs.html

pipigirl said...

following you on facebook also. have a great 4th of july.....

melissa @ daisymaebelle.com said...

Love the bed to bench project! I have seen some beds at Goodwill and have thought about trying this, but just couldn't decide! But, yours looks great! Congrats on one year of blogging! I have only been at it for 4 months, but I am loving it! I am your newest "linky" follower!

pipigirl said...

am sharing on my facebook page. i also tweeted as long as doing everything else. thank you very much for all of the nice items that you put into this. again, happy anniversary.

pipigirl said...

im also making a bench out of headboard, but am not even going to come close to the way yours looks. very very beautiful.....

Peggy said...

Hi Peggy,
I've been a follower of your lovely blog for some time - thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway!
Peggy

Peggy said...

I "like" you on FB

Peggy said...

I am excited to be following all your boards on Pinterest - can't wait to have a browse through - hope you will follow me back on Pinterest.
Peggy

linda said...

Nice job on the bench I follow you via email

thistlewoodfarm said...

What a great idea! I love how it turned out! The vines that you painted on the back are the perfect touch! Did you have to use a special paint for them to hold up outside?

Thanks for inspiring me today!

blessings,
karianne

Kimberly Sminkey said...

I am a new follower via google +, love your blog!

Kaitlin Boles said...

I love this giveaway this chalkboard is perfect for my wedding! I would love to win this giveaway! Thank you for the opportunity to enter this giveaway! I'm a follower of your blog via GFC! Good luck to everyone who has enter this giveaway!

Kaitlin Boles said...

Following on pinterest! Name is Kaitlin Boles

Kaitlin Boles said...

Liked your page on facebook! Name is Kaitlin Boles

Maureen Hayes said...

Congrats on your blogoversary! I have been stalking you from almost day one and I am beyond thrilled for you and the success you are having! No one deserves it more!

I follow you via email, but I want to get in on the prize goodies so I also joined your GFC, under Maureen Hayes.

Thanks for allowing us the chance to win some of your goodies! Since I can't buy your lovely furniture and you keep refusing to move to NY for me,this will have to suffice.. . .LOL,

Hugs,
Maureen

Maureen Hayes said...

I "liked" you on Facebook and left you come comment love there as well! Thanks for the additional entry!

Maureen Hayes said...

I am following you on Pinterest! I am determined to win this prize pack. . . Lol! Seriously, it is fun to see what others pin and I know I will find lots of great inspiration from your boards! Thanks for the additional entry!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Thank you for coming to the Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. She's growing steadily. Hope to see you again next week. Wishing you a grand evening. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

BEARKIS said...

It looks very stylishly,great idea!!!

Charlotte said...

New follower! Love the bench! I haven't seen one this ornate.

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

I LOVE the transformation Peggy! bravo!
<3 Christina at I Gotta Create!
Wildly Original Round Up party is open!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Oh, what a beautiful giveaway, Peggy. Congrats on one year of blogging. I'm already a follower.

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I liked you on Facebook.

Heidi Fowler said...

I've had the perfect head and foot board for this project for three years. I haven't done it because I didn't have anywhere in my house to put it! Thanks for the great idea of putting it on the porch! I love your stenciled details.

I'm hosting my first linky party "One Creative Weekend" at OneCreativeMommy.com. I'd love for you to visit and link up this idea or anything else you'd like to share.

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

This is just beautiful - well done!

Carole said...

Congrats on the anniversary. and the bed/bench is a fab idea.
I found this through Thriving on Thursdays. I have linked in a corned beef hash cakes recipe using corned beef leftovers. I selected the right picture but the linky thing went crazy, so you will have to click through to see the picture. Have a great week.

Honey at 2805 said...

The bed turned bench is charming! Good job! I would be delighted if you would link up to Potpourri Friday, in progress! I am a new follower!

suerwelsh said...

Oh, I love the bench, very beautiful! I have been a follower for a while and love the prize package! Thanks for keeping me inspired.

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

This is FABULOUS!!! XO, Aimee

Dee said...

I love that bed head conversion and have pinned it for future reference.
thanks for giveaway. I am now a follower.

Dee said...

I have also liked your page on FB :)

Dee said...

sorry, I just re-read the ways t enter and realised that I had to leave a separate comment for each part so this is to say that I am a pinterest follower too. I have just had a quick look at your pinterest pages and I am sure I will have fun looking through them. we seem to have similar tastes.

Adrianne said...

Love your full size bench its amazing!!

Katherines Corner said...

thank you for the giveaway opportunity. I am a happy linky follower xo P.S. love the bench soooo much!!!

Katherines Corner said...

I'm following several of your boards on pinterest!

Debiluvsshabby said...

Hi! Love your bench! I liked you on FB!

Debiluvsshabby said...

I also am following you on Pinterest!

Laura said...

what a great bench! i love it!!

Sally said...

I'm a follower - count me in for your awesome giveaway :)

sally.puckett@yahoo.com

Sally said...

Liking you on Facebook :)

sally.puckett@yahoo.com

Sally said...

Following you on Pinterest :)

sally.puckett@yahoo.com

Erika said...

The garden bench is very beautiful, I love your site and your projects.

Jackie said...

I love the bench ! I found you from Nifty Thrifty Sunday... I've seen so many headboards at local thrift stores, and have thought about what I could use them for other than a headboard... And I've been needing a bench for my porch. I hope one day I can muster up the courage to do this ! LOL. Thanks for sharing ! I love it ! Im now following you, too.


- Jackie
imathriftaholic.blogspot.com

Hubba said...

I love the frame above and the cute bench.
I'm a new follower and would love if you followed back at www.iheartpears.blogspot.com

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Happy 1st anniversary! Wishing you many more! And your bench turned out beautifully!

Mr. Smith@TheSmithGarage said...

The bed bench turned out great - getting ready to do my own this week. Thanks for showing us your project.

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

Love this! Featuring you on Facebook today: http://www.facebook.com/iGottaCreate

Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create!
<3 Christina

Caron Oden said...

Wow! 1 yr already. Since, you do all the things I wish I had time for or the know how for....I want to be the winner!! Andnow I can follow you on pinterest too :)

kristiB said...

Congrats on your anniversary!!! I love all of your work, always look forward to new posts from you :)

Honey at 2805 said...

Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

I am also following you on Pinterest!

Honey at 2805 said...

I liked you on Facebook!

Patty (Patty's Pretty Things) said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary. I am following you now.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Absolutely love your bench, it is gorgeous, what a great idea, and great job!
Blessings, Nellie

Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique said...

Thanks for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday.

Honey at 2805 said...

I'm following you on Pinterest!

Good Time Charlie said...

Peggy, thank you so much for sharing this awesome tutorial. I have so many headboards around here. I am for sure making one now. Featuring at my party today, starts at 5:00 EST. Thanks!

michelle said...

love the bench can't wait to try it myself. I am now following you on Pinterest. :-)

Kathleen said...

Peggy, I have awarded you the Versatile Blogger Award! Stop by and check it out.
Kathleen
http://melange-kathleen.blogspot.com/2012/07/versatile-thats-me-baby.html

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Nothing else to say, but how much I love it. What a great tutorial! Hope you'll share at Sunday's Best this Sunday. Also wanted to say thanks for stopping by and letting me know how much you liked my cottage mantel. I am now following you on Facebook. Great work girl!

Cynthia said...

I am a follower via GFC. Lovely giveaway!

Heart Vintage Design said...

Followed you on Linky and Google Connect. Thanks again for the nomination : )

Dear Emmeline said...

Following through Linky Followers. Great giveaway! Also, your headboard bench is lovely. :)

Carol said...

Thank you so much for following me and for guiding me to your blog. It's very lovely and a big congratulations on your blogiversary. I just celebrated my first year last month and had a giveaway of some of my art that I created and made. As to the chair, it was nothing more than a leftover piece of paneling or plywood. We did this with another chair I painted and believe it or not, but it holds up great! I'm going over to your FB and P pages right now.

Carol said...

I just followed you on Pinterest

Carol said...

And, I just liked your FB page. I think I liked it under my real name vs business name of The Red Painted Cottage. Gets a bit confusing sometimes.

Rachel said...

I am now following! Thanks for coming to the project party! I love your vintage style! I would LOVE to win that mirror... so cute!

Sue@House Pretty said...

Hi there, I just found your blog through, I believe Freckled Laundry. What really caught my eye is your "new" bench. It is oh, so, pretty!

By the way, I just became your newest follower!

Vintage Street Designs said...

Love your "Headboard to Bench". It turned out beautifully! I'm your newest follower and would love to have you stop by for a visit! Blessings ~ Judy

Vintage Street Designs said...

I'm now following you on Pinterest! Judy

Vintage Street Designs said...

I'm following you on FB too! Judy

Vintage Street Designs said...

I just posted your giveaway on my blog and also FB! Only 6 days left until the drawing! Yahoo!

sweetvintageofmine said...

I found your blog through VINTAGE STREET DESIGNS! Very LOVELY and the give-a-way is AWESOME! I am a follower now and enjoy your creativity...your style! Be back soon! From one sweetie to another~~~~Roxie

Hal said...

Hi, Congrats on your anniversary. I just found your blog love your style.
H

Between Blue and Yellow said...

That bench is beautiful! Great job :)

suerwelsh said...

I have been a follower for a while. Love the bench and congrats on your anniversary!

freddyandpetunia said...

You're in my google+ circle!
What a generous giveaway! Even if I'm not so lucky to win--where can I find that scripted burlap ribbon?? It's incredible!
Catherine

Peggy Hale said...

Hi Catherine, I'm glad to have you in my circle and you can get the ribbon at http://flightsoffancyboutique.com

twelve-O-eight said...

Congrats on your one year! Now following on Facebook :)

Tanya

twelve-O-eight said...

Now following you on Linky Followers too :)

Tanya

twelve-O-eight said...

Following you on Pinterest :)

Tanya

twelve-O-eight said...

Posted giveaway on my blog as well :

http://twelveoeight.blogspot.com/

Tanya :)

PitterAndGlink said...

I saw twelve-O-eight's post about your giveaway, and I headed over here quickly. I'm following via GFC now! :)

Tess said...

I love the bench! I follow your blog, Facebook and Pinterest.
Tess

Penny said...

What a wonderful giveaway! I really like the color on the blackboard and would love to win it! I am now following you! Hugs, Penny

Penny said...

I just liked your facebook page! I love the french script ribbon! Penny

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Peggy, congratulations on your 1 year blogiversary! It is so fun and I know you'll love it for a very long time! I love your giveaway - gorgeous items - I do appreciate you offering and I hope you stop and join in my Home and Garden Thursday party posted each Wednesday at 6 pm EST.
Kathy
A Delightsome Life

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

I am now following you on Pinterest

Kathy

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

I 'liked' you on Facebook,
Kathy

Traci said...

I have previously "Liked" your facebook page & I do follow Pinterest... and I would LOVE to be entered for the drawing!
Keep posting your beautiful work and Happy Anniversary!

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

You're a STAR tonight over at I Gotta Create! Thanks so much for linking up. I simply LOVE that bed-turned-bench!!
<3 Christina

Angie Ramirez said...

that is so lovely! Love the style!

Thanks for sharing at Create & Inspire

Best,
Angie

Renee Seeling said...

I am really impressed with this bench that you made from a headboard and footboard. My only question is, if it was possible, why would you not turn the stencil over so that the pattern images itself instead of showing the same direction? If you used a plastic or even a good paper stencil, it could have been turned over to have a mirror image of the other side of the bench back. Just a thought...

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