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Martin and his new couch. Martin and his new couch.

You've heard the saying, "one man's trash is another man's treasure!" Our makeover maestro shows us what you can do with an old headboard someone else was getting rid of in tonight's Room for Improvement.

WSVN -- Martin Amado: "If you're like me, and you love going to garage sales or thrift stores looking for someone else's trash that you can turn into treasure. Well, on today's Room for Improvement, I'm going to show you how you can take a headboard like this one, and give it a completely different purpose."

Martin Amado: "All right, so I found this upholstered headboard for less than $50, and the idea is to use it as a back for a seating bench, and for that, my friends, we need MDF board."

Martin Amado: "With the MDF board, we are creating basically a rectangular box like this one. We're going to have two cubby holes on the bottom for extra storage, and the top will have cushions for comfortable seating, and of course we are finishing it off with the beautiful headboard behind it."

Martin Amado: "MDF board comes in sheets of four by eight feet. If you take your measurements to your local home improvement store, they can actually cut it there for you."

Martin Amado: "I'm using MDF board for two reasons. Number one, it's super cheap and number two, it already comes in a smooth finish which is great for painting."

Martin Amado: "It's always best to pre-drill ... I'm assembling first, the bottom of the bench. I already attached the two sides and all I need now, is my center support."

Martin Amado: "If you're leaving the top exposed, my recommendation is that you counter sync each of the screws and hide them with a wood plug. Once you sand it down and paint it, it's hardly noticeable."

Martin Amado: "A foam brush works best for a smooth finish ... Perfect. Now, we just wait for it to dry."

Martin Amado: "I couldn't find seat cushions that were 24 inches deep, but I did come across these dog beds. They're super comfy, and they're the perfect color, so it saves us a lot of money from having to go the custom-made route. I like them."

Martin Amado: "We took a headboard, we built a bench for it, we put them together and now we have a beautiful, custom piece of furniture, and, we saved a lot of money by doing it ourselves. Until next time, I'm Martin Amado for 7News."

Looking for a makeover at a minimal cost? You can reach Martin by calling him at 305-576-HOME or 954-962-HOME, or you can e-mail him at room@wsvn.com.

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