Hey there, beautiful friends! Welcome to Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday!! Y’all know I love to rescue trashy decor and breathe new life into it, and today, I get to do it with four of my favorite treasure-maker friends! Be sure to check out their makeovers at the bottom! My trashy makeover is a repurposed spindle footboard.
Some of y’all may remember my Mother’s Day Haul of 2020. I don’t know if any of you recall that I didn’t exactly finish that haul.
I still had this spindle bed left:
I really enjoyed bringing these pieces back to life, but the bed had me stumped. It was too long to turn into a bench, and the headboard was damaged beyond my ability to repair it where the side rails attached:
So, I finally decided to do something with just the footboard which was in better condition but still quite battered:
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Finding a new purpose
I set out to repurpose this foot board in some way, and the first idea that came to mind was to turn it into a shelf since shelves are always good sellers for me. However, it was a bit too long for that, so I started by cutting a section of the middle out using my miter saw in order to shorten it:
Then to reconnect the pieces, I found the center of the cut pieces and drilled a hole in each:
This allowed me to insert a dowel into each piece to help hold it together along with wood glue:
I also cut the straight piece across the bottom here (will end up being the top) and drilled new holes for the dowels for that piece as well:
I wood glued and clamped everything together:
Adding the shelf
The last part of turning this footboard into a shelf is to add the actual shelf.
For that, I used one of the side rails:
Once I unscrewed the support piece attached, I was left with a beautiful chunky piece of wood, perfect for my new shelf! If you’ve priced lumber lately, you understand what a prize this bedrail really is!
I cut it to size using my miter saw.
I simply followed the instructions to set the right depth for my hole, clamped it to my shelf support, and used the included drill bit with my own drill:
After removing the Kreg Jig and clamp, you can see it left the perfect pocket hole behind:
Then, you just screw your screw down through the hole and into the piece you want to attach, which in this case, is my new shelf:
And here is what I ended up with:
I’m always so excited at this point that I actually built something!
I sanded any any rough areas smooth and then mixed up some White Lightning in order to prep it for paint:
Some prefer to mix it into a spray bottle and just spray it on, but I like to mix a fresh batch for each new piece. I just mix one TBSP of White Lightning with a 1/2 gallon of warm water.
I saved this Mr. Clean Sponge container which is the perfect size, and I just marked on the side where 1/2 gallon is for quick mixing.
The applicator pads work perfectly for cleaning, and you can use them again and again!
Wow this piece really needed to be cleaned! White Lightning is a deglosser also so gloves are recommended. And be sure to give your piece a final rinse by swapping out the water for clean water and giving it another once over.
Because I got so much color from cleaning, I knew this piece would likely have bleed-through issues, so I decided to start with a coat of White BOSS to prevent that:
The next morning, I gave it one coat of Cotton white which is a nice bright white:
I planned to really shabby this one up to make all those imperfections of time work for this piece, so I stuck with just one coat.
Then I sanded all over liberally with 220 grit sandpaper.
Seal and Protect
A clean soft cloth was used to remove any excess wax and to buff.
I chose wax over the Clear Coat in Satin which I love also, because there are too many places for the Clear Coat to pool, so I just stuck with the wax.
Repurposed Spindle Headboard: The Big Reveal
Here is how this cute as can be spindle footboard became a shelf!
I just love how it turned out!
As you can see, I also added knobs for hanging.
These were ho hum unfinished knobs I had in my stash that I painted white and then embellished with these knob transfers from Redesign:
They really turned these boring knobs into the perfect addition to this shelf!
Adding knobs also added more function to this sweet shelf…
Only adding one coat of paint over the BOSS made it super easy to shabby up…
I’m one step closer to officially completing my Mother’s Day Haul! I remain confident the Headboard will find its new purpose one day too!
Be sure to check out my friends’ trashy makeovers today too!
If you missed what happened to the rest of my Mother’s Day Haul pieces, you can see all the makeovers at the links below:
And for even more Trash-to-Treasure Inspiration, visit all of my Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday makeovers in one place HERE!
I’ll be back next with take two on this thrift store head board:
Update: See the second look I gave this $3 find HERE now!
Have a fantastic week!
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