The Bench Made Entirely from Junk!
Do you have an awkward spot in your house? An area where nothing seems to feel “right”? We have one of those “open concept” type of rooms when you enter my home. You have an entry area, to your right, the small sitting room, and straight ahead, the dining room. I actually love that this area is all open. Getting the furniture to play nicely in my front room has been a bit of a challenge. One night in a fit of extra energy, it came to me. Build a Frankenbouch! That’s right. A Bench/Couch, made out of JUNQUE!!!
A Headboard, garage door panels, and pieces from a twin bed!
I surveyed what I had on hand. Several of these garage door panels. I used some in my outdoor Patio Wall HERE and one in my office as a cool shelf HERE. I decided these would make great ends of the Bouch.
I cut them down, to about the depth I wanted my seat to be. We are tall people, so I made a very deep seat.
I had a HUGE Headboard on Hand from an Apartment Dumpster Dive. This would make a great back to the Bouch project.
I didn’t have to do anything except remove the metal deely bopper on it. I used wood 2×4’s I had on hand, cut them to size that would fit between the length of the head board. I laid them out, then added 1/x4’s vertically to give them support. (This is the worst Iphone picture ever taken)
I secured the “seat” portion to the rest of the junque by using “L” brackets. I added a large piece of wood to the front (which you cannot see) and repeated the securing process. I added the round legs I had in my spare parts cupboard. (no clue where they came from, but they were there and the right height, so they went into the mix).
At this point, I righted it and had my 6’5″ husband sit on it and wiggle around quite a bit to make sure it was man proof. No creaking, squeaking, or wobbles.
Now for the cushion. Did I mention what a lazy sewer I am? Have you noticed how much I hate to buy something if I think I have something on hand that will work just as well?
I used my daughter’s old comforter. Ripped out the batting, covered it with batting from something else I ripped apart. I held the thing together with Upholstery adhesive.
It wasn’t quite as cushy as I would have liked. I cleaned out a linen closet and found an unused duvet insert. I wrapped it around the batting stuff and repeated the process of gluing it shut with upholstery spray glue.
There is a lot of color in my home. On large pieces, I like to keep the palate neutral and I add color with pillows. I painted the entire piece in CeCe Caldwell’s Vermont Slate. A drop cloth was the perfect cover for my poofy creation. I did sew this!
This project was finished a while ago, but I haven’t shown pictures because the front was still bare. I wanted something rustic to cover the apron on the front support. I was just waiting for the right piece of junque to show up. It did! A friend gave me these bed rails when she cleaned out her storage unit. This is actually Emma’s disembodied arm in the picture. Those are the bedrails when we were cleaning the garage.
I chopped off the edges, and one of the rails made the absolute perfect completion to my Franken Bouch!
I am so over the top thrilled I have a “real” piece of furniture in my front room now. I am in LOVE with my Bench Made Entirely from Junk! Instead of seeing another thrift store couch rotating in and out of this space, or more likely, furniture waiting to go down to Paris Flea Market, I am greeted with this lovely sight when I walk through my front door.
Don’t you love happy endings? This could have been a horror story with all the chopped up things I used, but it turned out to be a fairy tale.