10 Upcycled Headboards

10 Upcycled Headboards from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Hi there, sweet Friends!! One of the things I always look for at thrift stores is headboards. They can be repurposed and Upcycled in so many fun ways! They are almost like a blank canvas.

Today I’m sharing ten of my own Upcycled headboard projects. Maybe I’ll have you looking for a great deal on a headboard too!

Click on each “After” photo or the link below it to take you to that post.

Let’s start with my first headboard project ever, this $5 yard sale find:


I found this for $5 at a yard sale. They had another one too and I kicked myself after for not grabbing that one as well, but honestly my car was at max capacity that day anyway.

And here it is after:

Headboard Upcycle fron Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    What to do with that Old Headboard

The next headboard I redid was this gorgeous pineapple bed I scored for $15 at Lucketts:


 It was scratched from corner to corner, but it was getting paint anyway…

How to build a headboard bench from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

How to Build a Headboard Bench

This spindle headboard is from a set I got for $15 at the thrift store:


It got a sweet graphic and became coat storage:

Coat rack made from an old headboard from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

How to Turn a Headboard into a Coat Rack

I found this headboard for $60 on a local Facebook yard sale site:

French Provincial Upholstered Headboard before

It was a king size and I could just kick myself for not redoing it for my own room. This would have been gorgeous reupholstered and tufted!

It did get new upholstery though, and a fresh paint job, and sold almost immediately:

Reupholstered Headboard from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Upholstered Headboard

This next headboard was a steal at $4. It was one of a ton just like it at the thrift store. Clearly a nearby hotel was getting an update:


I decided to repeat the “Cottage Inn” theme I used before since that one sold quickly at my last Christmas Craft Market:

Cottage Inn Bed and Breakfast Sign made from an old hoel headboard from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Headboard Turned Cottage Inn Bed and Breakfast Sign

Next up is this bed I found for $30 at the thrift store:


It was in really rough shape, but I loved the first bench I did that was similar to this, so this became a bench as well:

Mason Jar Blue (Junque Boutique Milk Paint) Headboard Bench from Confessions of a Serial Doi-it-Yourselfer

Mason Jar Blue Headboard Bench

This headboard was a $5 score from the thrift store. I prefer ones that have solid pieces across as opposed to ones with spindles…more possibilities:


This also became an organizer of sorts:

Headboards are perfect for transforming into coat racks, or towel racks.

Headboard to Organizer

Earlier this year I found this pretty one for $10 at the thrift store:


I loved the lines on this one. I decided to pull the “Cottage Inn” card on this one too:

I love the charm it adds to this piece.

Repurposed French Provincial Headboard

That last one was from this year’s March Madness, 31 Thrifty Makeovers in 31 Days series, and so is this next one.

I found this headboard for $10 at a yard sale:


This got a farmhouse makeover:

Turn a Headboard into a Farmhouse Bench with the addition of a little reclaimed wood. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Farmhouse Headboard Bench

Completing this Headboard Upcycle round up is this recent headboard project I shared that started as this $10 thrift store find:


And became this pretty and functional chalkboard:

Turn an old headboard into a chalkboard. Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Headboard to Chalkboard

And there you have it, 10 upcycled headboards!

10 Upcycled Headboards from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

I have at least six more that I can think of that are still in need of makeovers. Somehow that still doesn’t stop me from looking for them when I’m thrifting. Wow I might have a problem, ya’ll. No worries…I will redo all the headboards…eventually. 🙂

If you liked this post, you might like this one too. It has a bunch of my older repurposed projects!

Repurposing everyday items

15 Ordinary Items Repurposed

I’ll be back on Tuesday sharing what I did with this buffet. You won’t believe what I paid for it!


UPDATE: Hey ya’ll…no need to wait! See it HERE now!

Have a great weekend!



P.S. Addie,  here’s your picture!


These are the three bushes on the side of my house side-by-side about a month or so ago. 🙂

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  1. You are a Wiz with those headboards!!! Love ’em ALL!!! REALLY!
    Oh!! excuse me while I go and get a towel to wipe up the drool!!! After seeing your gorgeous
    HYDRANGEAS!!!!! They need a lot of water & we have a great drought here in CA 🙁 If things change…I am getting one!!!! Yours are outstanding and you are such a sweetie to post a pic!!! Thanks!!!
    God Bless~
    Addie 😉

    • Thanks, Addie!! Glad you enjoyed the pic! I’ve cut a ton of those beautiful blooms off, but I just love to enjoy them inside! XOXO

  2. I like all but the beds made into benches. Having the full bed, I would be temped just to paint it pretty

  3. Christina in FL says

    Christy, I love your blog and this post is awesome! SOOOO much beauty and inspiration. I really look forward to each and every post. Thank you!!!

    • Aww thanks so much, Christina!! I know you have followed me for a while now and I SO appreciate it!! XOXO

  4. Pinning for reference. What a great collection of ideas!

  5. Jan Fusco says

    They are all great!
    What do you put on the back to hang them. They’re so heavy. Thanks.

  6. Annie (Canada) says

    Hi Christy, I only recently started following you and this is my first email blast from you 🙂 Just want you to know I love, love, love your work! You have given me some great inspiration for the headboards I have in my garage. Thanks for all the terrific tips!

    • Thanks so much, Annie! I’m on a mission to clear out the project pieces in my garage…it’s a very s-l-o-w process! I appreciate you following along with me! 🙂

  7. Marcie Lovett says

    How much fun to see all the headboards again. Although I adore them all, I think the benches are the best! I wish I had the patience to take on a project like that. Instead, I’ll enjoy yours!

  8. Great fun seeing all your amazing headboard transformations in one place, Christy! Ooooh, can’t wait to see what you did with that buffet.

    • Thanks, Marie! I love a good headboard project…I should just line up the six or so I still have and do them all at once! XO

  9. Wow, some amazing headboards here! That blue bench is still a favorite of mine.

    • Thanks, Becky! It’s one of my favorite projects too…sad to say good bye to that one! XO

  10. Christy you are very talented. I would love to have seen you redo the Pineapple headboard with the original beautiful Chinese influenced material (pineapple, foral and vases) on the facebook $60 headboard. I think that would have been lovely.

    Best regards,


    • Thanks, Delia! Unfortunately I did the pineapple bed long before the upholstered one, but I did love that fabric, so I still have it! 🙂

  11. I like your redo’ s and your site ,vision.
    But the pop up’s are not appreciated. A
    Distraction from enjoying your presentations