Roadside Footboard Repurposed

Welcome to my favorite day of the month, amazing friends! It’s Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday and my friends and I are all sharing trashy makeovers! I love it when I actually have trash to share.

I picked this footboard up off the curb on the way to my Mom’s house in 2014:

The only reason I know when it was is because I shared this picture on Instagram:

That poor baby. He’s like…no big deal, just a giant bed hanging over my head. There actually was a headboard and a footboard.

My initial plan for these pieces was to cut the center panels out and make signs out of them. In one of my big purges I decided to let the headboard go since it was really just too big and super heavy, and had water damage anyway. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I used.

I kept the footboard and I finally did something with it.

Thinking I might still make a sign out of the center part, I cut it free using my sliding miter saw:

But after seeing it cut, I didn’t love the shape of it for a sign…

Footboard repurposed into a quilt rack from

So I cut the ends off:

Footboard repurposed into a quilt rack from

Still not loving it, I played with it a little and came up with this:

Footboard repurposed into a quilt rack from

Some wood glue and my nailgun turned it into a quilt rack:

Footboard repurposed into a quilt rack from

Trash to treasure = free decor!!

Footboard repurposed into a quilt rack from

The sign was also trash, a fence picket I picked up from a discarded pile of fencing.

Footboard repurposed into a quilt rack from

I used this transfer method HERE to add the letters to the sign.

Then I painted them in with acrylic craft paint using a script liner brush.

Footboard repurposed into a quilt rack from

The blue is Behr’s Gray Morning made into chalk paint. (Recipe HERE.)

Footboard repurposed into a quilt rack from

I sealed it with Annie Sloan’s clear soft wax.

Footboard repurposed into a quilt rack from

The sign got one coat of Behr’s Bit of Sugar and a light sanding. I lightly sanded again after adding the letters, and sealed with a spray matte sealer before attaching to the quilt rack.

Footboard repurposed into a quilt rack from

This pretty blanket was a $5 yard sale find…

Footboard repurposed into a quilt rack from

These rounded pieces are what made me think it would be perfect to hold a large dowel. The dowel I used was a freebie I got from an estate sale!

So it was all free except for the paint and hanging hardware. I used D-ring hardware on the back to hang it.

I still have these pieces to use for something…some day:

This could be used to display a favorite quilt or just to hold an extra blanket or two to cozy up with.

Repurpose an old footboard into a quilt rack from

Don’t forget my friends are sharing trash-to-treasure makeovers today too!

Check out the afters at the links below the image!

1. Prodigal Pieces

2. Bless’er House

3. Artsy Chicks Rule

4. Girl in the Garage

See all of my previous Trash-to-Treasure Tuesday makeovers HERE!

I’ll be back on Thursday sharing how my painted kitchen cabinets have held up after three years!

Painted kitchen cabinets: three years later

UPDATE: See how my cabinets are looking after three years HERE now!



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  1. You win the award for “turning trash into treasures!!!” This is goodie and I love
    seeing one less in the land fills…keep it up!!! Clever as always!!!
    AND speaking of awards, treasures and goodies…….WARRIORS WIN!!!!! We in the Bay Area are pretty happy about that!!!
    God bless,

    • Thanks, Addie! And I’m so glad for you that your beloved Warriors came through for you! XOXO

  2. Christina in FL says

    Sweet transformation and so creative! 🙂 I love the way your muse works. 🙂

  3. I love this!! ahaha! I had to laugh because you kept on cutting, but then nailed it. I have sooo been there, Christy! And I must say you nailed it again. Great job!

    • Oh my goodness yes…it just did not end up how I originally envisioned at all lol! I kinda love when I’m surprised too. 🙂 Thanks, Larissa! XOXO

  4. Carol Whewell says

    This is gorgeous, what an original idea!

  5. Love this.

  6. This turned out great. As I was scrolling I was a little in shock you cut it down so much and was wondering what it would be; but love the end result and the color you chose. Sharing today on Entri Ways’ facebook page.

    • Thanks so much, Vicki! I was surprised too when I kept cutting, but figured I had nothing to lose! 🙂

  7. Sheer awesomeness! What a fabulous repurpose!

  8. Christy this is so awesome and has come at such a great time! We recently bought a fixer upper (and that’s putting it lightly!) and my bathroom is the last room to be touched. I bought some vintage hooks for towels but needed an idea for mounting them and you just provided that! Instead of a dowel rod, I’ll attach my hooks!! The color is perfect and the shelf on top is just the added touch I was looking for. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

  9. That was just pure genius!
    I am soooo laughing about your jam packed car with the kid I have soooo been there many times ! Lol when he gets older you can just sit in the car and have HIM get out and load your junk into the car! I am guilty of that! Hahaha. I think I made him get out and help when he was about 12. Oh he hated every second of it. Hahaha he is now 23 and out of the house. Now I have helper # 2. She is 16. And I will be breaking in a new sidekick eventually. My grandson will be a year old in July. Lol!

    • Ha ha my 14 year old was mortified when he was in middle school and I stopped just down the street from his school to grab a curbside find! But hey that’s like finding free money lol! 😀

  10. Love this project. I have a basic build question. How did you attach the dowel to the sides?

    • Thanks, Cathy! I used wood glue and then attached it from the outside with my nail gun. Or you could drill a shallow hole just slightly bigger than a screw head, and screw it in place on either end. Then fill the shallow hole in with wood filler. 🙂

  11. You did a great makeover with your trash! I see that a couple of your leftover pieces look like chess pawns. 🙂

  12. Annie (Canada) says

    I never would have thought that was a footboard if I hadn’t read your blog! Where your brain must go to come up with that…ingenious 🙂 🙂

  13. What a great idea to take the ends of the footboard and put them on the sides. Turned out beautiful.

    • Thanks, Janice! I love that it evolved that way…I never would have thought of that to start! 🙂 XO

  14. Suzanne Grecco says

    This has got to be one of my favorite foot board transformations! I see lots of benches, etc., and while I love those, too, this is so creative! I love how you kept changing your mind as you went along. That’s exactly how I work – so I’m glad to see I’m not the only one! Great job!

    • Aww thank you, Suzanne, I’m so glad you like it! It definitely didn’t end up how I originally planned, but it was fun to see where it ended up when I changed my mind! XOXO

  15. I really love what you did with the footboard! Excellent idea. A friend did something a little similar and attached it to the inside of her guest closet door with a quilt hanging on it. Love seeing what you do. Thanks for doing it! 🙂

  16. Christy,
    You always come up with the best repurposes! Love how this turned out. It looks wonderful!

  17. Kathy E. says

    I do love this project! It would look awesome in my guest bathroom to hold towels! Now I just need to find the perfect headboard…

  18. I have to admit I gasped audibly when you hacked the ends off the cut footboard. I should know by now that your reason why would transform into a fabulous upcycle and you didn’t disappoint. Clever, cute, and functional!

    • Thanks, Marie! Ha ha…I figured it was free so if I messed it up, I had nothing to lose. Glad it turned into something eventually lol! XOXO

  19. Marcie Lovett says

    What a satisfying ending to an uncertain piece of wood! You never fail to surprise me, Kristy.

    • Thanks, Marcie! Glad it finally became something ha ha! XOXO

      • Marcie Lovett says

        And it would be nice if I could spell your name correctly, Christy. I guess I got distracted due to the amazing project.

        • No worries AT ALL! If only there weren’t a dozen way to spell my name lol. 😉

  20. Claudine says

    Well! How clever is that?! I love it! I never would have come up with that in a million years. Beautiful!

  21. Another creative repurposed makeover – love it Christy! Haha the headboard looks massive in your Instagram pic!!

    • Thanks, Jen! The headboard was HUGE! Ha ha that’s partly why I got rid of it and just kept the footboard. 😉 XOXO

  22. This is a very nice and useful re-do. You always do such a wonderful job and explain your process thoroughly.

  23. LOVE how you used this piece! It was smart to use the end cutoffs to reshape it.

  24. OK, I didn’t see that one coming at all. You are just crazy creative! And how fantastic that the only cost were paint and hardware. Love finished project!

    • Thanks, Colleen…so glad you like it! Nothing better than an almost free project! XOXO

  25. I love it Christy! And sometimes those original visions don’t work out as planned, I know it well! 😉 xo

  26. Well, didn’t that come out cute?!?! If I had a guest room I’d be building me one of these to hold extra blankets right now! : )

  27. Christy – my hero – you are one truly amazing and creative goddess!! You amaze me with everything you do but this one takes the cake! You are so creative – I can’t believe this one – I just love it 🙂

  28. Christy – it’s Holly again – this time not fawning all over your amazing work but hoping you don’t mind a quick question. I finally got to Hobby Lobby 🙂 and bought some of those adorable small crystal knobs you use on some of your great jewellery boxes and I was wondering if you cut any of the long metal screw part off? I don’t see much sticking through in your boxes but mine seem really long. Also, a while ago I followed your link and bought some of that great calcium carbonate and have been making my own chalk paint ever since and it is the best paint I’ve ever worked with! So many many thanks!!

    • Hi Holly! I use a coping saw similar to this one: to cut the ends where I want them. Mine has really fine teeth on it. I cut through a little less than half way and can usually just snap it off with needle nose pliers at that point. I did just buy a dremel to use for that in the future but haven’t tried it yet. I’m so thrilled to hear that you like the CC chalk paint recipe! I love it too!! XOXO

  29. Fantastic recycle job! 🙂

  30. You never cease to amaze me with your beautiful trash transformations Christy. Totally love this one!!
    Thank you for sharing it at Create, Bake, Grow & Gather. I’m delighted to be featuring it at tonight’s party and pinning to several boards as well.
    Hugs – Kerryanne


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