Who’s ready for some trashy makeovers?? It’s Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday and my friends and I have FIVE fun before and afters in all for you today!
Amazing friends, I am so excited because I also have a brand spanking new haul of goodies to unveil today! I’m calling this one my Fall Haul:
SO many goodies, right?? Many of these pieces are new and I was still able to pull several things from my storage room! I actually still have a basket left from my last group and I will be back with that on Thursday, plus I’ll have a simple Fall craft a few of you have asked about.
Today I wanted something a little more trashy to redo and I think this fit the bill perfectly:
This footboard belonged to my Hubby’s Grandma. We acquired several of her pieces a few years ago. I painted the headboard in a simple white, but never shared it on the blog. It sold long ago in my booth, but this footboard has always stumped me, mostly because it had broken at one time and had been glued back together. Although it’s hard to see here, it didn’t sit nice and flush like the other side:
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Look what else was in my new Fall Haul:
I picked this shelf up off the curb years ago when I was taking Jack to a friend’s house. He would have been mortified if his friends saw my picking this up off their street ha ha!
Are you thinking what I’m thinking??
I cut the ends of the bed right off with my table saw to create a backing for this shelf!
It was still too long though so I got out my mini circular saw to trim the ends a bit more:
This is a nice saw to have. It is very petite and all you have to do is use a straight edge, held in place with clamps, to guide your saw to get nice straight cuts. You can see where I lined that groove up with my pencil mark and voila…a perfectly straight cut!
A little sanding on either end and that’s all it needed.
Another thing that stumped me about the headboard was the curvy routed part on the inside, but turning it over gave me more options.
Before painting, the shelf had some boos boo areas that needed fixing. I pulled out my Dixie Belle Mud in brown for that:
I applied it with a spatula and let it dry for about an hour before sanding it smooth with 220 grit sandpaper. (I buy my sandpaper in sheets and cut them in four, then wrap them around an old sanding block.)
Then because I didn’t want the original color of the headboard to show through when I painted, I gave it two quick coats of Dixie Belle’s Coffee Bean:
The hurricane came right by us on Friday so you can see in that picture I have our umbrellas and pool toys in the garage. Luckily we had no damage, just lost power for about 18 hours on Friday.
I decided it was easier to do all the painting with these pieces separated, so I continued with two coats of Dixie Belle’s Fluff on each, including the hooks that started out black:
I found these at Hobby Lobby. They are 50% off every other week. I gave them two coats and used my fingernail to scratch off the paint here and there to distress them.
It’s still wet in that photo, but it will dry to look like a nicely buffed finish, not too shiny at all.
To attach the shelf to the new backing, I used clamps to hold it in place on either end…
Then I flipped it over and measured where the center of the shelf was and marked that on the back. Then I used a drill bit slightly more narrow than my screws in my favorite drill to drill pilot holes.
This stops the wood from splitting and makes it much easier to drive the screws in.
I used 2″ wood screws to attach the shelf to the backing:
Then I painted the back in one quick coat of Fluff, sealed it, and added D-ring hanging hardware to either side:
And now instead of having two blah pieces, I have one really cute new shelf!
These are my Walmart sunflowers! I had a few leftover from my new Fall Arrangement that I shared last week…
Adding them to my Simple $7 Greenery Wreath, made it sweet for Fall…
That window panel behind it was a $2 estate find several years ago. You can see that post and how it started HERE.
See how we did our stone feature wall HERE.
There are four more fun makeovers to see from my friends below!!
And that’s two projects crossed off already!!
If you missed the rest of my Hubby’s Grandma’s pieces, you can see them here:
I’ll be back with this drawer front that I salvaged from an old dresser:
UPDATE: See what I made out of this drawer front HERE now!
Have a great day!
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