Way back in March I shared this bed …
I’d gotten it at a neighborhood garage sale, and it did not come with its side rails. But the former owners assured me it was a twin sized bed and that they used it with a twin mattress, they had just misplaced the side rails.
So after giving it a makeover with some Dixie Belle paint in Sawmill Gravy and the Cosmic Roses transfer from re.design with prima, I sold it as a ‘twin bed’. One of my regular customers purchased it, and then purchased some metal side rails to use with it. But after monkeying around with it to get a twin mattress to fit, she determined that this was not a twin sized bed but rather a 3/4 bed.
Lesson learned: always measure myself.
If you aren’t familiar, 3/4 beds are somewhere in between the size of a twin bed and the size of a full (or double) bed. It’s a little bit difficult to find a 3/4 mattress, although they can be found online. I imagine it would be equally difficult to find bedding, especially if you want a fitted sheet that actually fits. Jumping through those hoops might be worth it for a really spectacular antique bed, but certainly not for this one.
You can buy side rail extender thingies to turn a 3/4 bed into a full sized bed, and that probably would have worked out OK here. You end up with a few inches of mattress sticking out past the headboard on either side. I’ve done something similar with the bed in our own principle bedroom, I’ve converted an antique full bed to fit a queen mattress.
You could also modify some side rails to fit a twin bed, thus leaving a few inches of head board sticking out from either side of your mattress.
In this case however, my customer wanted a twin bed. And she also wanted to place it in a corner so both the headboard and the side of the bed would be up against a wall. That meant that having a couple of extra inches of width to the headboard would have left a gap between the mattress and the wall. Not a good plan for a small child’s room. Can you just imagine how many things would get stuck between the bed and the wall (including the child)?
So, long story short, I took the bed back.
Then I considered my options. Re-market it as a 3/4 bed modified to fit a full? Or turn it into a bench.
I’d chosen not to turn it into a bench initially because the footboard was far too low to work for creating sides to the bench like in all of the previous benches that my handyman/neighbor Ken has made. Usually he cuts the foot board in half and creates arm rest type sides, like in this example …
But then I thought perhaps we (and by ‘we’, I mean Ken) could make an ‘armless’ bench using just the headboard. That would have been OK. But I really wanted to incorporate the foot board somehow. Then a lightbulb went off in my head. Why not flip the foot board the other way around, so that the flat part was at the top and the curved part at the bottom. And then use it as the front of the bench.
My first job was to convince Ken that this was do-able. He always doubts his ability, while I always believe he can work miracles.
So I sent the foot board home with him to see what he could come up with. Sure enough, he was able to remove the center section from the legs, flip it around and re-attach it to the legs at just the right height for a seat.
Ta da! See? I knew Ken could do it.
After flipping the foot board, Ken added his usual planked seat.
Don’t ask me how he does that, he just works his magic and I get to see the completed piece when he’s done.
I was able to retain the Cosmic Roses transfer on the headboard. I just had to touch up the existing paint in a few spots and also paint the new portions of the bench. I decided to paint the back of the headboard this time around too. You never know when someone is going to want to place a bench in a spot where the back is visible.
I decided to play up the floral motif of the transfer when staging the photos for this bench. Plus, Christmas is over, it’s time to start thinking spring, right?!
I added an old wooden berry tote with some pots and some lavender. Then I painted up a cupboard door sign in a very similar shade of green. The paint on the tote is original, but the sign is painted in Dixie Belle’s Kudzu. I sanded it well to distress the finish, then added a coat of clear wax followed by a coat of antiquing wax. It’s not exactly the same color, but it’s close.
So, the 3/4 bed is now a bench. And it’s available for sale if any of you local readers are interested.
If you ever come across a 3/4 bed and you just don’t want to deal with trying to fit a mattress to it, you could consider turning it into a bench. And if you have a piece that isn’t working ‘as is’, considering flipping it!