Headboard to Bench Makeover

Late last year, we decided to separate the front porch into zones. It was a total game changer and gave us so much more space than we were previously using. The section with the vintage wicker couch was my favorite. I knew I loved it because I never wanted to change it up. The zone on the other end of the porch was a totally different story. I’ve tried several different options like these wicker chairs


and this glass table set we used over the summer.


I knew the glass table set was way too big for the space but I didn’t have anything I was ready to replace it with yet. We were picking through the garage a few weeks ago when I spotted 2 twin headboards I’d been storing for a while. I mean years. I used one of the headboards at my booth as a message board. Thankfully, my bestie S was able to build a bench for me out of the headboards.


I know it looks like a hot mess now but the details were just too pretty to let these pieces hold court in the garage.



Since my heart speaks in neutrals, I chose to leave the back of the bench painted with black chalkboard paint. I used a sample pot of paint in a shade of off white and Bauhaus Buff for the bench seat. It’s very slight but you can see the variation in color on the seat.


I piled on the pillows,


added a freshly painted white wicker table,


and a white wicker chair.


I’m excited to say it’s been a few weeks now and I have no desire to change things up which is a really good sign. It feels like this is the way the porch was supposed to look all along.

See you guys back here tomorrow. I’m sharing one last bit of autumn apple inspiration.

Many blessings,


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  1. Hey CoCo – this bench is amazing! Love how it came together. If “S” ever needs a vacation I know of a great spot in Georgia that needs some projects done LOL! But seriously…this is a beautiful bench and it enhances your fabulous porch! Love it all.

    1. ha ha I’ll be sure to let S know the demand is high 🙂 Thanks so much for your sweet words ladies. Hugs, CoCo

  2. S did a great job and it’s perfect for your porch! Love it!

    1. Thank you bunches, Angie, you’re the best! Hugs, CoCo

  3. Good morning CoCo, love this bench! I have always wanted to try making one. Still looking for the perfect headboard though 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration and hope you have a great week!

    1. You’re sweet, Shayla, thank you! Definitely try the thrift stores because they usually have this size since most kids graduate from a twin to a full or queen size bed. These were $30 for both so that was a great deal. Hope you have a happy week too, CoCo

  4. What a great way to reuse those headboards! This looks like a cozy spot to perch, especially with those pillows. Great transformation, CoCo!

    1. Thank you Jamie! I can’t believe I waited so long to use them. I should go back out in the garage and see if there’s anything else 🙂 Hugs, Coco

  5. Great bed to bench makeover CoCo!!! Love the white with the chalkboard paint and it looks great on your porch. Pinning:). Hope you are having a great week, take care, Tara

    1. You’re so sweet, Tara! I appreciate it, thank you! Hugs, CoCo

  6. Oh Coco I love it! What a lovely use of the headboards and it just looks perfect in that space on your porch! Great job:) Hugs, Lisa

    1. I really appreciate it, Lisa, thank you so much! Hugs, CoCo

  7. Love this! I have an old family headboard waiting to be turned into a bench too!

    1. It’s so much easier than I thought it would be to complete. This is the second headboard to bench transformation we’ve worked on and honestly we use both all the time! Can’t wait to see how yours comes out! Hugs, CoCo

  8. Another great piece for your beautiful porch! Fun transformation, and what else is hiding in your storage stash?? Enjoy the fall weather 🙂 Bwg ~~~

    1. Oh my word, Bobbi, there’s all sorts of treasures in my stash which is half my problem 🙂 Thanks so much for your sweet words. Hugs, CoCo

  9. This is too cute! I’ve been wanted to build a bench from a headboard I took out of our cottage, but it’s just been sitting…waiting. I need a friend like yours to just build it for me! You did a fabulous job painting it, as always!!

    1. I know it, Jenny, we could line the projects we need up and get them all finished at once. Sometimes my “dream ideas” far exceed my skill level 🙂 I can’t wait to see your bench makeover soon, hugs, CoCo

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