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May 22, 2013

Twin Captain's Bed Repurposed Into An Outdoor Bench

In a heap of debris accumulated from various projects we did around our house over the winter, I found a twin captain's bed. It wasn't just any captain's bed, this one has been in my family for almost five decades. It started as my youngest brother's childhood bed back in the 70's and then was passed down to my children growing up.

While sorting through all the debris to take to the landfill I didn't have the heart to load this onto the truck because there were too many sentimental memories attached to this piece. Besides, I really like the spindle rail on the headboard and footboard and that's when I decided to turn the Twin Captain's Bed Into An Outdoor Bench.

Twin Captain's Bed Outdoor Bench

This is the state I found the bed after pulling it from the rubble.

Twin Captain's Bed Turned Into Outdoor Bench

And the transformation began...

Twin Captain's Bed Repurposed Into An Outdoor Bench

Materials for Twin Captain's Bed Turned Outdoor Bench

Against my use what you have on hand rule, we purchased lumber for this project. Believe me, I searched high and low around the house for lumber I could salvage but to my disappointment, came out empty handed.

I haven't included a tutorial on how we built the headboard bench but you can find my tutorial on how we made a similar bench here in my Outdoor Garden Bench For Two post.

Twin Captain's Bed Turned Into Outdoor Bench

The bench was painted white using Behr Plus Exterior High Gloss Enamel paint. The captain bed drawers came in handy as makeshift sawhorses.  I love how fresh and clean the bench looks painted white.

In the photo below it looks like the top of the footboard will jab into people legs when they sit down. I did this on purpose because not only will there be plenty of clearance for legs once the 2-inch cushion is placed on the seat, that overhang will hold the cushion in place.

Painted Twin Captain's Bed Turned Into Bench

I had full intentions of sewing a custom cushion in a vibrant green chevron pattern fabric. En route to the fabric store, I popped into HomeSense (Canadian retailer like HomeGoods) to pick up items for another project. On display in the front of the store was a huge pile of assorted outdoor cushions in all shapes and sizes but limited fabric choices. Of course, I had to go digging.

At the bottom of the pile (isn't that always the way it works) was a green cushion. Not what I initially had in mind but it was the right size, I couldn't complain about the price, and it would save me loads of time. Win win in my books.

Twin Captain's Bed Turned Outdoor Bench

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Twin Captain's Bed Turned Outdoor Bench


Here are a few more headboards that we turned into lovely headboard benches.



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