Amazing friends, I am so excited to be back creating! I’ve got a fantastic way to repurpose an old headboard and footboard for you today!
But first, thank you so much for hanging out with me every day last week! I decided to pull out some Christmas oldies in my Posts of Christmas Past series. That gave me a chance to get the halls decked and we finished with setting up our Christmas village this weekend!
Today, I’m joining my favorite treasure maker friends for our December edition of Trash-to-Treasure. Be on the lookout for their awesome makeovers at the bottom!
Repurposing a Headboard
I found this headboard and footboard set two or three Summers ago while yard saling for only $10:
I bet many of you guessed that I would be creating a headboard bench from this set.
That’s probably because I’ve made a headboard bench or two, or ten lol.
But not today!
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. I finally decided on a plan which required a quick trip to Home Depot for these:
I only ended up using one of the primed 1x4s.
I had a piece of scrap bead board that I cut to fit the opening of the headboard:
Then I cut the 1×4 to bulk up the cross piece on the bottom and for a shelf and two support brackets using my Miter Saw. I cut them to fit inside the bed posts:
Here I was just dry fitting everything into place. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I love.
I ended up cutting the legs off also using my miter saw:
I’m not sure what this headboard was made of, but the sealer had worn off in several places and that is usually an indication that it may bleed-though 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:
I gave it two coats and removed the stencil immediately after. (I apply spray adhesive to the back of my stencil to hold it in place.)
Then I went back with a liner brush and filled in the breaks in the 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 I cut to beef up the piece across the bottom of the Headboard. (You’ll see why soon.) 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 am so excited with how this one turned out!
As you can see, I added these small black hooks from Hobby Lobby across the bottom:
And those support brackets were added just for looks with wood glue:
I love the look of black graphics against a white background!
You can see now why I had to beef up the piece beneath the shelf…so that the hooks would fit:
I really enjoyed seeing this one come to life!
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.
I hope you enjoyed these makeovers!
Don’t forget my friends have makeovers of their own to share with you today!
And that is another piece done from my Biggest Thrifty Haul of them all!
If you missed any of these makeovers so far, you can find them all here:
And if you enjoyed today’s makeovers, you might also enjoy what I did with this very similar headboard:
See it HERE!
I’ll be back on Thursday with this little bamboo inspired table:
Hope to see y’all then!
UPDATE: No need to come back…see what new color I tried on it HERE now!
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