Upcycled brass headboard and pallet to a bench trellis, now that is a mouthful!!
This project brewed on my mind all winter long and once it got warm enough I was able to get it started. Now that we are in summer full swing I am finally getting around to sharing my project.
I have the most delicious grapes growing on a arbor outside my back door. The vine is mature and produces a lot of grapes, which is wonderful, but it is also a problem. Gravity is a fact of life and with gravity grapes fall. Which wouldn’t be so bad if this trellis was at the back of my yard but this trellis is at my back door which leads to our family room which is carpeted. Carpet that is impossible to keep clean with kids and sticky fallen grapes! You can understand my dilemma.
So my solution was to prune the grape vine completely back and grow the grapes the opposite direction on our patio and along our house, no longer using the awesome arbor we already have. In order to do this I needed a new trellis and since I love using what I already have and not spending money that is what I did.
The only money I spent was on a saw and blades (which will get used in future projects too) and a can of spray paint and a gallon of $5.00 oops paint from a home improvement store.
Last fall I found this headboard for FREE. I had seen a brass headboard on craigslist for free and I saw this one a few blocks from my house sitting in a driveway. I wondered if it was the same one I saw on craigslist so I knocked on the door. It wasn’t the same one from craigslist, but the lady was happy to give it to me to get it out of her driveway. She gave me the wood headboard as well. You can’t beat free! It is always worth asking.
I built the bench out of a pallet. I purchased a reciprocal saw from Harbor Freight for $20.00 and a package of 5 blades for $10.00. The blades are meant to cut through wood and metal, but even then it took 1 ½ blades. I completely demolished the first blade before my project was complete, so I ended up using a second blade for final touches. Basically I just chopped the pallet completely apart then reconstructed.
I measured a kitchen chair to get my height 17 ½ inches, length was determined by the length of the pallet (47 inches) which was a couple inches shorter than my headboard so I was left to improvise to attach the two. Depth was 15 ½ inches using 4 pallet slats with a ½ inch between each slat for the seat and used pallet slats at the front, back and sides. Since I was using recycled pallet wood, the wood was less than perfect. It was a bit bowed and one of my slats had a crack in it, so I put the weaker slats in the back.
I used recycled 2x4s for the legs and frame and used a piece of a plywood pallet for supports on the side of the legs.
Not a fancy bench by any means, but I am satisfied with the results. It is functional and my grapes are growing fast… a new direction.
I also recycled some metal from a former gazebo from my wedding. I used this to complete the trellis so the grapes have more room to grow. So now they are growing along the South side of my house and the West side of my patio.
We have a new occupant on the former grape arbor, a mother mourning dove patiently waiting for her babies to hatch.
What kind of projects are you working on this summer???