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July 23, 2015

An Outdoor Garden Bench For Two

Whether Spring, Summer or Fall, who doesn't enjoy relaxing outdoors with a good book or their favorite beverage. Even better is having a favorite outdoor garden bench to share your morning coffee or a glass of wine at the end of the day, as you create memories of growing old together in that garden bench for two.

Outdoor Garden Bench Before and After

One morning while Mr. Frugalista and I were enjoying coffee on the deck, I said: "wouldn't it be nice to have a wooden garden bench by the back flower bed?" That's when I remembered that sitting under a tarp was a sweet head and foot board that we picked up for a song at a local thrift store.

In that moment we decided to repurpose the headboard into a garden bench. When we pulled the tarp off I gasped - some little critter decided it would keep them well fed over the winter!

The two banisters, shown in the picture below we got for $15.00 at an online auction.

Materials used to build a headboard garden bench

Thankfully it only gnawed on the bottom half so it could easily be hidden by the frame of the bench seat as pictured below.

Wooden seat frame for headboard bench

Instead of a long drawn out step-by-step tutorial on how we made the bench I've created a pictorial that I hope will help.

Pictorial Steps to building a headboard Bench

Step 1: Bench Seat

Build a frame for the seat with 2 x 4 lumber and attach it with wood screws from the back of the headboard so the top is 18-inches high.

Step 2: Decorative front face place

Attach a face plate onto the front of the seat frame.

Step 3: Cutting the foot board

Slice the foot board in half using a table saw.

Step 4: ReSizing the foot board sides

Cut each footboard piece 18-inches long (this will be the depth of the seat).

Step 5: Attaching the sides

Place a piece of wood under the seat at a height of 18-inches from the top of the seat frame (this will be the height of  the seat). Square and level the sides, clamping them in place. Attach the footboard onto the seat using wood screws. Attach it to the headboard post from the back as well.

NOTE: you could use a Kreg Pocket Hole Jig to attach it onto the headboard post but we didn't have one at the time of building this bench). You will be filling in the screw holes later with wood filler.

Step 6: Cutting the banisters to use as front legs

The size you cut them is your personal preference but they do need to be a minimum of 18-inches long. You can see in photo 8 that we made ours longer to add a decorative element to the bench.

Step 7: Level the seat

Double check that the seat is perfectly level and attach a temporary piece of lumber to hold the seat level.

Step 8: Adding the front legs

Attach the banister legs to the front of the seat frame.


Now it's time for the pretty...

DecorArt Chalky Finish supplies for outdoor garden bench
* Affiliate links have been included in this post so you can see the products that I used to make this bench. See my full disclosure policy HERE.


I used a (*affiliate link) Stain Blocker because our bench was made from all sorts of different wood and I wanted a unified finish.  I was also worried about tannin bleed from the dark wood on the headboard and footboard. I'm glad I took this step because the finish turned out beautiful!

Outdoor Garden Bench Right

You may have noticed in the tutorial photos there were no finials on the front legs. As an afterthought, we purchased fence post caps and they echo the posts on the headboard perfectly!

Outdoor Garden Bench Left

Isn't the *(affiliate link) DecoArt Chalky Finish*(affiliate link) paint color gorgeous? It's called Serene!

It went on like buttah and I only used 1 1/4 jars to paint three coats, underside included.  I could have gotten away with only two coats but there were some spots I missed so I added a third.

Rosette pillow on a headboard garden bench

Summer pillows on DIY headboard garden bench

To add that special touch to our wooden garden bench for two, I created a graphic in PicMonkey using the Silhouette Image Birds On Branch graphic from the Graphics Fairy. Next, I went to Blockposter to enlarge the graphic to fit the back of the headboard.

Garden Bench with Growing Old Together hand painted graphic

I rubbed a pencil on the back of the graphic and traced it onto the wood. Using *(affiliate link) art brushes I hand painted the details.

Headboard Garden Bench with hand painted graphic


Painted outdoor headboard garden bench

I could sit here for hours listening to the birds chirping while enjoying my morning cup of coffee.

Headboard Garden Bench

I just love how this bench turned out and don't you think it just begs for some time with a good book!

DecoArt Chalky Finish Garden Bench For Two

While I adore this sweet bench I did put it up for sale because the pretty serene color does not go with our outdoor space color scheme. I'm happy to report it sold VERY quickly and I hope the new owners enjoy their new Outdoor Garden Bench For Two.

This isn't our only headboard bench, we made an Embossed Leather Upholstered Bench as well as a pretty Parisian Dining Room Bench.

Have I inspired you to think twice about all those headboard and footboard sets you see at your local thrift stores?


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