Hi friends! Today I’m sharing a sign I made out of a thrift store headboard. The very best part is this headboard was only $3.49!! Score! They had about ten of them, probably donated by a nearby hotel that was doing some updating.
Here’s what I started with:
I immediately saw this as a sign. Here’s how it turned out:
Look familiar? If you’ve been following me a while, you may remember this headboard that I transformed very similarly:
I added hooks to this one to give it a purpose, but because I took this photo in my garden, people kept thinking it was a sign made for my garden! I thought it would be lovely just inside the door as a place to hang your coat. It sold at my last show.
I didn’t add hooks to this new version. With its shape, I imagine it hanging above a sideboard or above a bed, or even above a mantle. I wish I had a place for it. This will be heading to my booth.
I painted it in Annie Sloan’s graphite first since it was such a reddish stain. The paint was like sludge when I opened it, but I just kept adding water and mixing and it came right back. I almost threw it out! Then I painted it in DIY chalk paint in Cottage White (fitting).
I enlarged the letters and printed them in the reverse. Then cut them apart and worked out the layout until I was happy…
I used the transfer method I use most to transfer the letters, except this time I had a helper!
He really wanted to help. Not sure he’ll speak up so fast next time ha ha!
Then I painted the letters in with black acrylic paint. A good sanding and a coat of Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax and it’s almost done. I added these metal thingys for a little bit of interest:
I found them at Hobby Lobby. They were originally dark and had hooks hanging from the bottom, but I painted them and whacked the hooks off. 🙂
Here’s the tag…I love this place because if the items hang around long enough, the price drops and you know exactly when it will happen! This was hanging around a long time.
“The Cottage Inn” is Felix Titling font and “Bed and Breakfast” is done in Edwardian Script font.
I went back and picked up two more just like it. Maybe I’ll try something different with those. Any ideas??
Have a great weekend!
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