Vintage Spool Bed Bench

A recent find at a thrift store was a twin sized, vintage spool headboard and footboard.
Because there were no side rails it was really cheap.
I’ve had it in the garage for about a month….
(found it the same day as the wonderful dress form)
 but wasn’t able to get to it until this weekend.
I have two weeks until the next Porch Sale and it’s time to finish up these things!
So, I asked my husband for help in small bits….
you see, he is in the middle of building this gorgeous entertainment hutch for our living room:
Here is a partial view….I’ll add some more pics later on so you can see the progress.

He’s a wonderful furniture builder and house builder (he built this one)
but he really does not always ‘get’ the things I want to do for my furniture sales.
Like, he wants to sand everything perfectly
or fill all the little holes and grooves that give it character.
Oh, he’s nice about it….
But I see the look on his face when I walk in with a big score like this:
A spool of rusty wire stuff that I am going to totally transform into a cool art piece.
Or my need to gather pallets for projects.
He says stuff like “I have plenty of nice wood, why don’t you use that?”
Poor man………..
So when I told him I wanted to make a bench out of this spool bed he sighed and said…
“OK, just tell me what you want me to do…..”
So I first gave my usual spiel including…”now, I want this to look primitive so don’t try to do anything fancy…..
the sides will be shorter than the back, I WANT it that way……
I want to use the pallet boards for the seat….
I know they are different thicknesses and not all the same color,
I WANT it like that….
no, I don’t want to stain all the boards so they match.”
We got all the communication out of the way and I left to take a kid somewhere and work at a charity yard sale.
This is what I found when I came home:
Isn’t that great??? He did such a wonderful job!
Here it is with the pallet boards cut and installed as the seat:
In this picture I have already started putting a gesso wash on them to even out the colors a bit
but not obscure the nice tonal variations.
First I sanded them with the belt sander and then the palm (vibrator) sander.
Finally, I gave them a good waxing with paste wax. 


The bed was given a nice soft wash of ASCP in Paris Gray.
It would look great with a linen/ burlap/ticking cushion…wouldn’t it?
For the upcoming sale, I will leave it as is so the seat shows.
It’s surprisingly comfortable and could be used like this with just some big plump pillows!
For the sale, it will look great loaded up with some nice pillows ….
Like this handpainted French pillow…
Here it is….all done…..
I don’t know if I can part with it!


Ah well….back to work…….


Linking with
Savvy Southern Style:Wow Us Wednesday
Primitive and Proper: Piece of Work Wednesday
From My Front Porch To Yours


  1. that looks fabulous! i love the planked seat!

  2. Love the name of your blog. I’m your newest follower. The bench is great. I saw something like this made from a crib but this is even better. Please stop by my blog for a great driftwood sailboat give-a-way. Look forward to hearing from you. Sherron

  3. Your hubby sounds like my dad. Those poor fellas, they just don’t get it… Fabulous bench! I love your take on it.

  4. I LOVE this bench! It’s fabulous!
    ~ Jo

  5. Love this cute little bench! Great job 🙂

  6. Wow, am I ever inspired to try something like this! What a gorgeous finished project!

    I’m your newest follower. Please stop by and say hi.

  7. Super cool! Great use of reclaimed everything. Thanks for linking up at Burlap & Denim.

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