$12 Thrift Store Headboards

If I had little girls, I would be in so much trouble. I mean, come on…with all the gorgeous clothes and hair accessories, and of course, room decor! Sweet friends, it is a really good thing because I surely would not be able to restrain myself! This is one of my favorite days of the month. I and five of my talented friends are all sharing furniture fixer uppers today! Be on the lookout for links to their projects at the bottom!

Some of ya’ll might remember me sharing this photo on my facebook page a couple of months ago:

I was so excited I found these two headboards for only $12 each!! Um yes, please. Load them up!!  I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.

I knew I wanted a super feminine look for these headboards to fulfill my need to create girly things. Sadly, that meant saying good-bye to those snazzy rollers on the bottom.

Painting the Headboards

This makeover started with a good wipe-down and a coat of Cotton, but then I ended up getting the dreaded bleed-through. I then gave both headboards a coat of BOSS in white:

BOSS by Dixie Belle used to prevent bleed-through on a white painted headboard

I let them dry overnight before applying another coat of Cotton and thank goodness, no more bleed-through! It did need one more coat of paint for solid coverage though.

Dixie Belle Cotton

Then I decided to add stripes to the inset panel across the bottom using FrogTape and Dixie Belle’s Pink Champagne

I added two coats and removed the tape immediately after applying the second coat.

When the stripes were dry, I sanded lightly all over using 220 grit sandpaper which I like to wrap around an old sanding block. I vacuumed the dust with my shop vac and then gave both headboards a final wipe-down with a clean soft cloth just to be sure the surface was dust-free before applying the transfers.

The one I used is called Chatellerault and I found mine HERE. You may remember Nancy used the same one on her night table she shared for Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday. I have a few transfers on hand, but most ended up being way too large. I had purchased this transfer back when I bought the one for this dresser, but I only had one of them and I had two headboards. Luckily this transfer comes in three separate pieces that can be combined to create one large design, or each one can be used separately. They were the perfect size for these headboards.

Applying the Transfers

Applying the transfers could not be easier! You simply line them up where you want to place them, fold one edge of the backing back and adhere it to your surface. They will be slightly tacky so this is a one-time shot. Once it’s stuck, it’s stuck! Then pull the remaining backing off as you smooth the transfer onto your surface.

Then use the burnishing tool that is included and rub the short edge across the entire transfer using medium pressure:

How to apply a transfer to furniture.

When you’re done burnishing the entire design onto your project, pull the plastic layer on top off slowly…

How to apply a prima transfer

If any of your transfer sticks to the top plastic layer, just lay it back down a burnish it a bit more.

Applying a Sealer

I sealed with Dixie Belle’s Clear Coat in Satin using their blue applicator sponge:

Sealing a transfer with Dixie Belle Clear Coat using a blue sponge applicator.

SO easy!! These Dixie Belle products are available in my online shop and in my booth. {Get free shipping in my Etsy shop when you spend $50 or more by entering the code FREESHIP50 at checkout. There will be a place to enter the code before you pay!}

I love how girly these headboards turned out!

Twin headboard painted white with a floral transfer.

And the stripes really add a sweet detail.

Twin headboard painted in cotton and pink champagne with a prima transfer

Headboard number two is slightly different since I used another section from the same transfer:

CHatellerault transfer by prima transfers

They coordinate with each other but aren’t exactly alike and I think that works just fine!

CHatellerault transfer by prima transfers


$12 thrift store headboard makeover

These only needed a little bit of distressing…

And here is the other design again…

Chatellarault prima transfer

So sweet!

CHatellerault transfer by prima transfers


Twin headboard makeovers using Prima Transfer Chatellerault

I hope ya’ll enjoyed this fun, girly makeover! Now to decide how much to charge for them…what do you think?

My friends have several more makeovers for you today:

1. The Interior Frugalista

2. Just the Woods

3. Girl in the Garage

4. Petticoat JUNKtion

5. Salvaged Inspirations

Only six more projects left from my Fall haul!!

If you missed any of these makeovers so far, you can catch up here:

Grandma’s Footboard Repurposed

Drawer Front Repurposed

Stinky Dresser Makeover

Cottage-Inspired Drop Leaf Side Table

$10 Glass Cabinet Makeover

Cabinet Door Upcycle

$2 Flatware Box to Halloween Prop

The blue bookcase got a quick redo for my booth here

I’ll be back next week with the shelf I started before I left for my conference. I actually found it on the same trip as these headboards!

And that mirror?? Ooh la la, right?? If I am blessed with granddaughters, watch out! 😀

UPDATE: No need to come back! See what I did with that shelf HERE

See ya Tuesday!!




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  1. I was expecting a bench seat but was pleasantly surprised to see the lovely bedheads kept as bedheads 😀 If I’d had a daughter I too would’ve spent far too much money on all sorts of little things 🙂 I love the pink striping and I really must consider doing something with a transfer. Yours are gorgeous. More beautiful pieces of art from yourself 🙂

    • Thank you, Petra! I think this is only the second time I’ve kept the headboards as headboards lol! Oh me too…I would spend so much money on all the pretty things! I hope you’ll try a transfer…they really are easy to apply! XOXO

  2. Mary Kaiser says

    OH MY LORD those turned out so beautiful!!! I think you are so amazing!! I had three boys and then a daughter that when the kids were little I was able to do all the girly stuff for my daughter so I got some of it out of my system. It is a good thing I did because I have number 7 grandson on the way!! Not a grand daughter in sight, lol!! The head boards are just priceless, and would be perfect for someone with twin little girls bedroom. I am not sure what you should charge for them, but whoever gets them will be so lucky to have two Christy original works of art!!

    • I’m so glad you like them, Mary! Thank you! That is too funny about you only having the one girl between all those sons and grandsons! I do hope I get a granddaughter or two, but I would cherish a little boy as well of course! Enjoy your weekend!! XOXO

  3. Janice Holt says

    Now these are two beautiful headboards. Great job.

  4. If I had little girls I’d be in so much trouble too! This thrift makeover is so adorable and sweet… and $12…whaaaat!?! You find the best thrift finds! XO

    • Thank you, Denise! Right?? I probably save a ton of money by having boys! These were a jackpot find for sure, but still not as cheap as your curbside gem! XOXO

  5. Christina in SW FL says

    Oh so pretty Christy! Nice save with the Boss! 🙂 These turned out so soft and feminine!! Beautiful!

  6. Denise V Cox says

    I do declare, you select the prettiest, must feminine decals! Love this , Christy!! You ARE Virginia Beach’s seashore gem.

  7. Love, love, love these headboards! I love frilly things. They remind me of my Granny’s bed that my mom painted white for her in the 70’s. Oh dear I’m old!

    • I’m so glad you like how they turned out, Nancy! Thank you! They sure don’t make beautiful pieces like they used to! XOXO

  8. Be still my heart! I Adore those head boards!!!

  9. so cute Christy! I always say that i need a doll, but these are too big for that!
    i wouldn’t mind at all that the headboards aren’t matchy-matchy, i think they would be sweet in one room and i love the subtle pink stripes!

    • Thank you, Gwen! That’s funny…I always tell my husband that I’d love to have a dollhouse! I might just break down and buy one one of these days. I’m glad to hear you don’t mind the headboards being a bit different from one another…I was wondering about that. I think they will still work nicely together too! XOXO

  10. Wow absolutely love these they are gorgeous. Wish I had a place for them 😁. Thanks for sharing.
    Blessings Candy

    • Aww thank you so much, Candy! I would love to have an extra room that I could decorate using them just to play! XOXO

  11. Just perfect for a little “girly girl”! Absolutely wonderful!

  12. these are so pretty! I think the pink stripes are the perfect touch to go with the transfer! love it!

  13. Cheryl Atkinson says

    Oh Christy! some little girl is going to get the bed of her dreams and hopefully keep it forever. so precious! I’m going to guess a price but remember i am so new to this and i’m only doing this to see if i’m learning. My myself i would charge $275- $310? Am i close?

    • Aww thank you, Cheryl! I hope so! Would that be for both headboards? I could see that for both…I need to take into account the fact that they will have to purchase a bed frame for each. XOXO

  14. Perfect for a little girl’s room–twin beds with room for an overnight guest! Very clever use of the decals; I think they look beautiful. They’re obviously a pair.

  15. I was sure you would turn these into a bench. LOL I love what you did with them. So adorable for a little girls room (no matter how old!). You always blow me away with your transformations.

  16. These will not last long in your booth, Christy! Love the pink stripes and the Chatellerault is one of my favorite furniture transfers. Such pretty headboard makeovers!

  17. Again, another beautiful work of art! I love what you did with the transfers. They make the pair a “pair.” I have 5 granddaughters, but only one is a “girly” girl – my youngest. Too bad she doesn’t need the beds! I would agree with $275 – $310. But like you, I would suggest selling them together if possible. I agree that they will need bed frames – unless, of course, the buyer already has frames and just need to find the right headboards for them! These would be precious.

    • Thank you so much, Sue! Wow…five granddaughters…hoping I get one some day! XOXO

      • Sue Mellette says

        I hope so for you! They are so much fun, but I also have four grandsons and they are so special too. They have gotten me involved in all the Marvel movies! They are also so appreciative of what I cook for them!! I love them all!

  18. Cute headboards for 2 little girls.

  19. So ADORABLE, Christy!! I LOVE being a “boy mom” but love to shower the little girlies I know with the frills and handmade doll clothes.

    • Thank you, Kimberly! Same here!! XOXO

      • Cecilia from Georgia says

        I’m late to the party but enjoy reading the comments. I have 3 grown sons and a step daughter who was an adult when I married her Dad. We have 5 grandsons and the 6th due in December. I wouldn’t even know how to tie a hair ribbon or braid hair! That hasn’t stopped me from having a feminine guest room that I love! The headboards are precious and you make it look so easy! Glad you enjoyed your trip and returned home safely. XOXO

        • Thank you, Cecilia!! Wow six grandsons! Well boys sure are sweet, so if that’s all I get, that will be just fine! XOXO

  20. My, oh my! Love them!

  21. Marcie Lovett says

    I just love those transfers. The headboards are adorable; I can’t imagine they’ll last long in the booth!

  22. Love.it! Turned out absolutely gorgeous!!!

  23. KATHY BINKLEY says

    Yes Christy, they were really pretty. I just love your creativity. To bad they didnt have a foot board but I believe I could make something to go with it. Love your style! I’m curious on your price. Thank you for sharing.


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