Crafty gran makes a stylish outdoor bench using an old bed frame she bagged for FREE

IF you're still looking for proof that you don't need to spend a fortune on stylish new furniture then look no further because one woman has all the answers you need.

Hellan Pearce, 56, a former payroll manager from Melksham, Wiltshire,managed to turn an old bed frame into a stunning outdoor bench seat – and it didn't cost her a single penny.

She spotted the bed frame on Facebook Marketplace where the owner was giving it away for free.

And with her vision and talent, Hellan was able to create not just the outdoor bench seat for her garden, but a chic hanging shelf for her plants too.

Hellan, who has six kids and three grandkids, told money-saving community  "I saw the bed advertised on Facebook and thought it would be great to turn into a bench for the garden as we've had our current bench for years and it was rotting on the legs. My hubby wasn't convinced and thought I was mad. 

"We picked it up adhering to social distancing rules and the headboard made a perfect back for the bench and the size was great too. "

Explaining how she'd crafted the masterpiece, she said that she cut the bed end down to the size of the bench arms, and decided a good size would beroughly 18 inches each.

She said: "I used all the fixings that came with the bed and I just had to drill new holes to attach too. I used the slats as the bench seat which were the right size as the bed and bench were the same width."

And once it was done, she painted them to match the rest of her garden furniture using paint she already had.

But her creativity didn't stop there as she wanted to use up the left over slats from the bed and had the idea to build a stunning outdoor hanging shelf too.

She used the blow torch her and her husband recently purchased to deepen the wood's colour,then cut the remaining pieces of wood to size, creating random shapes, and used screws to hold them together.

She said: "The slats were held together at the back with two pieces of wood screwed across, which the shelf can be hung with too. 

"The shelves were attached with screws too. Then it was varnished. The effect using the blow torch is beautiful.

After creating two beautiful outdoor peices, Hellan still as enough tinber to create something else, and plans on doing just that once she decideds what to make.

The talented gran says this sort of project is an ideal way to flex your creativity during the lockdown, as well as saving money on purchasing something new.

“Personally, I love making new things from old and all the better when they are cheap or free,” she adds. "It keeps me busy and I hardly even remember we're in lockdown as I always have something new to design and make."

Hellan says that Facebook is a great source to find items that can be transformed easily, and most of the time things are extremely cheap or even free.

“If you’d like to do the same, go for it. There’s nothing to lose. Find inspiration and take the plunge," shay says.

Tom Church, co-founder of, said: “Even when I don’t need to buy any furniture or anything for my house, I still spend far too much time scrolling through Facebook Marketplace because of all the fabulous deals on there.

"If you get something, just be sure to maintain social distancing when picking it up and perhaps cleaning the item down with anti-bacterial wipes when you get home. 

“If you’re keen to try your hand out at some DIY, keep your eyes peeled for second-hand furniture that’s totally free because someone is decluttering.

“There are so many incredible bargains to be had, and with some step-by-step online tutorials, you can make your own totally unique piece of upcycled furniture!"

The talented DIY fan is just about to start her own DIY business, and with good reason because her lockdown projects have been second-to-none.

In other DIY related news, we shared how a boy, 7, helps build his mum an outdoor sofa and saves her hundreds in the process.

And a family totally revamp their worn out garden during lockdown complete with seating areas, a fireplace and a playground.

Meanwhile a woman accidentally turns her garden into ‘Minecraft’ after her turf laying backfired & people are loving it.

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