What to do with that Old Headboard

Hello, beautiful Friends!  Today I am sharing what I did with an old headboard I found at a yard sale for a mere $5.  My car was already packed, but I squeezed her in!

Here she is as I found her:


And here is how I repurposed her:

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Aint she perty now??

The previous owner had already spray painted it black which was the perfect background for my Cottage White DIY chalk paint.

I’ll tell you, after going back to Annie Sloan chalk paint to paint an entire dining set, I did not see a difference. The ASCP in Old White has a bit more of a yellow undertone, but I only used it because I wanted to keep the color consistant with my hutch.

I won’t be shelling out close to $40 for another quart of paint anytime soon! On an up note, though, the one quart did do all six chairs and the table base, two coats on each!

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I added the hanging brackets to add function.

Can you imagine this just inside the door of a quaint little cottage, a place to hang your hat when your’e finished working in the garden?

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I hand painted the letters using the old school transfer method.


Sanded here and there…

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It’s August, but my garden is still hanging in there! You can see the full tour here.

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I added hanging D-ring hanging hardware to the back to for hanging.

D ring hardware are perfect for hanging heavier items.

I wish I had a place to hang her, but I just don’t. She’ll be for sale at the Christmas Market!

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Bed and Breakfast sign made from a $5 yard sale headboard from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

Charming, yes? It’s so fun to repurpose things and give them new life!

If you liked this, you’ll love this post where I share nine more fantastic Upcycled headboards!

10 Upcycled Headboards from Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

10 Upcycled Headboards





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  1. Hey Kristy- love what you did with the headboard. amazing!

  2. Christy, you just amaze me! What a fabulous repurpose and now I’m completely bumming that I got rid of an old headboard almost exactly like this last year. This piece is totally charming and someone is going to flip for this! 🙂 Hope you will come and share this at Best of the Weekend! Pinning! Have a happy Friday!

  3. this is awesome! You are just too darned creative. 🙂


  4. This really is adorable Christy. You always do such a good job! How do you do the letters?

    • Hi Luisa! I found the font and size I wanted on paint.NET, then reversed the words and printed them out. I laid them face down where I wanted them and then went over the letters with pencil which transferred them to the headboard. Then I hand painted over them with acrylic paint. A but time consuming, but worth it. There’s a link in the post on how to transfer them. 🙂

  5. What a gorgeous sign! I love everything about it! Great job! Hugs, Leena

  6. Christy, I simply adore this. Now I could get my hubby’s back side for getting rid of a headboard I had just like that and it was black. ~crying inside~

    It’s beautiful, great job!


  7. That is an amazing transformation! I love it 🙂 Now I just need to find an old headboard!

  8. Absolutely charming – most definitely –
    What a gorgeous sign!!!

  9. Oh wow – what an awesome transformation! How creative!!
    On behalf of Lisa, Cindy & myself, thanks so much for sharing this at our “Best Of The Weekend party”! I am pinning this to our party board and to another big board too.
    Have a great weekend!

  10. How cute is that!? Looks great! And what a good idea! Stop by my Friday’s Five Features and link up this post (and others)! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com/2013/08/fridays-five-features-no-4.html

    • Thanks for stopping by DIY Vintage Chic’s Friday’s Five Features and Fun Festivities. Don’t forget to stop back by this Friday!

  11. Love this! What a cute idea for signage and ingenious for a B&B! Thanks for stopping by our blog for a visit.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

  12. WOW…what a beautiful makeover! I love this headboard. Would love if you shared it on the Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop going on now.

    Katie @ The Causal Craftlete

  13. How gorgeous! What an original idea and it fits perfectly with the “bed and breakfast” business. Such a great way to up-cycle:)

  14. Adorable idea! I’d love for you to link up to The DIY’ers. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-diyers-and-our-country-weekend.html

  15. I love this darling idea! You did a wonderful job!

  16. I seriously LOVE this! What a great idea!

  17. This is so pretty! What a great idea:)

  18. This is so perfect. I love it and I love the headboard style too. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  19. Charming idea.

  20. Wow this came out fantastic, absolutely love it, you did an incredible job! I never would have thought to do something like this now I am wishing the extra headboard I have in my basement wasn’t a king 😉 tad too big!!

    • Thanks, Dria! I had no idea what I was going to do with it when I picked it up. It was one if those situations where you buy something because it’s too good of a deal to pass up! Glad I did now 🙂

  21. I love how it turned out! and the fact you got it for five dollars makes it even better! Thanks so much for linking up to Frugal Crafty Home Blog Hop! I hope we’ll see you back next Sunday night!

  22. That is soo adorable! I want one but no clue where to put it if I made it.

    • Thanks, Jamie! I’d love to keep it too, but I don’t have anywhere to hang it either! I imagine it just inside the door on a long wall, but I don’t have that:( This will be going to the Christmas market and hopefully it will find a great home! 🙂

  23. Love this so much!! Now, if I only had a place to put one…hmmmm… Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

  24. Great job! I love what you did with the headboard.

  25. Now I’ll be on the lookout for an old headboard… This would be awesome at the end of our driveway, surrounded by a little garden area…

  26. Hi, I’m visiting from Live, Laugh, Rowe and wanted to say I love how this turned out. It’s perfect. ITA with you on the paint too.

  27. So so beautiful, and clever! I love it!

  28. I just found you wonderful blog…… LoVe It.
    Thanks for sharing the headboard project. I am going straight to Craig’s list to look for an old headboard. You have inspired me to try making one myself to use for the entrance of my tiny 8 ‘ x 24’ tiny home.

  29. Great idea Christy, and beautiful result.
    I have something similar, what a hint! Thank you for share

  30. Wow…that is really a great deal ! I love how you did with it !! What a great idea to repurpose headboard !!

    Have a blessed weekend !

  31. Love this! Your headboard is just gorgeous! Saw you on HomeTalk.

  32. This is so awesome! I think I need one in my guest bedroom! Now I’m on the lookout for a headboard… 🙂

  33. Another AWESOME project Christy! You are so creative!! I love this – and thanks for sharing it with us at our first mega Work it Wednesday. I’m pinning this and will be featuring it on my facebook page this week!Hope to see you back next week:)

    – Krista @ the happy housie

  34. Love this!! I love headboard projects. Especially when you can hang them up!


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