Happy December, beautiful friends! Can you believe it’s here already?? I’ve got a fantastic way to repurpose a headboard into a shelf today! It’s an oldie, but still a goodie!
I found this headboard and footboard set at a yard sale for only $10:
I usually turn these sets into headboard benches, but I wanted to do something different with this one. That’s probably because I’ve already made a headboard bench or two, or TEN lol.
Repurpose a Headboard into a Shelf
For this project, I started by giving both pieces a good cleaning with White Lightning.
I followed with a quick rinse with clean water and then stood there staring at both pieces while I waited for inspiration to strike.
The staring worked, and I decided on a plan which required a quick trip to Home Depot for these:
I only ended up using one of the primed 1x4s.
Add bead board backing
I had a piece of scrap bead board that I cut to fit the opening of the headboard, so I started there:
Cut shelf parts
Then, I cut the 1×4 to bulk up the cross piece on the bottom using my miter saw. This would also be the new shelf support.
I cut it to fit just inside the bed posts, and I cut two support brackets as well:
I was just dry fitting everything into place there. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I ended up deciding that the legs needed to be cut off, so I did that with the help of my miter saw also:
I’m not sure what wood this headboard was made of, but the sealer had worn off in several places and that is usually an indication that it may bleed-through in those areas, so I gave it a coat of BOSS in white to be safe and let it sit overnight. It works wonders on bleed-through!
It’s not any extra work since being white, it saves a coat of paint.
Then the next morning, I gave everything two coats of Dixie Belle’s Cotton:
Adding a stencil
I prefer acrylic craft paint for stencils since it washes off easily, and the brand I linked to above doesn’t give me any trouble with smearing when I sand later.
I gave it two coats and removed the stencil immediately after. (I applied spray adhesive to the back of the stencil to hold it in place.)
Then I went back with a liner brush and filled in the breaks in the stencil:
This makes it look less like a stencil.
After allowing plenty of dry time, I sanded the entire headboard and across the stenciled surface with 220 grit sandpaper wrapped around an old sanding sponge to smooth everything out.
As you can see, I left everything unassembled to make painting and sealing easier.
Assembling the Headboard Shelf
Then, I put it together. If you don’t need this much detail, you can skip to the pretty afters below!
To assemble the shelf, I started by attaching the bead board to the back of the opening with small screws. I also attached the 1×4 that will act as the shelf support. I pre-drilled those holes since those screws were a bit larger and then screwed it in place from the back:
Then I flipped it over and added the shelf to the front by drilling wood screws (pre-drilling first to prevent splitting the wood) down from the top:
You could counter-sink these and fill the holes, but honestly, I didn’t bother. I just painted them!
Are you ready to see the final shelf??
Here ya go!
I added these small black hooks from Hobby Lobby across the bottom:
And those support brackets I cut were added just for looks with wood glue:
I love the look of black graphics against a white background!
Adding that 1×4 across the bottom to support the shelf also allowed me to add hooks which added even more function:
I really enjoyed working on this project!
And what about the footboard?
I turned that into a more simple piece:
The wood applique I found at Home Depot was for this one!
You can see more on how I do that in this quick video:
If you have any trouble viewing, you can see it on YouTube HERE.
I attached it with wood glue.
I used the block on these hooks that I painted from from Hobby Lobby also…
This one only required a drill! I added D-ring hanging hardware to the backs of both pieces for hanging.
And that was it!
This bed set is a long way from where it started!
I hope you enjoyed these makeovers!
Here’s a set of headboards I did a couple of years ago that actually stayed headboards! ( I rarely keep them as beds!)
See what I did with these headboards HERE!
I’ll be back on Tuesday with some of my Seasonal Simplicity friends sharing our Christmas decor!
UPDATE: Take the tour HERE now!
Have a wonderful weekend!
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