Saturday, August 3, 2013

Headboard remake...

Hi Everyone!  I am going to an estate auction today...I must admit that it's a first for me.  I've been to farm implement auctions with my dad where we got a mower, but I wasn't responsible for bidding.  So I'm a bit nervous about it.  I'm afraid I'm going to end up paying $200 for something when I thought I was paying $20 so I'm taking my Dad with me.  Hopefully I'll be able to get something good.

Today, I'm going to show you a project that I finished up a couple of days ago.  I got this headboard about a year ago because I loved the lines of it.  But I didn't like the painted on details.  I've looked at it several times to turn into a bench but kept setting it aside.  What kept me from using it as a bench is the depth of it not including the's really short.
I decided to do something different with it.....I started by removing the legs, then I cleaned and sanded it.  Then primed it and painted it in an aqua blue base color and then a top coat of  Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and sanded it to reveal some of the aqua color.
 I decided to turn it into a multi-purpose piece.  I painted a chalk board in the center....
...and added six pegs to it....
 ...and added a ledge under the chalkboard to hold the chalk and eraser...
 ...then decided to add a place for storing mittens or bills.  I wanted to use some small wire baskets that I had but I didn't like how far they stuck out so instead I took one of the small crates I made for the ladder in my studio (I had an extra one) and cut it in half long ways and attached it with screws from the back side....
 ...and then I gave them the same paint treatment.... all I need to do is season the chalkboard and add some little hooks under the chalkboard for keys or hanging a dogs leash....
 ...I can see this in a mudroom or the main family entrance to a home to keep everyone and everything organized.  I added hooks to the back already to hang it on the wall...but I didn't have any wall space long enough for it to take pictures of it hanging.  I love the lines of it....and how practical it is.  What would you have done with it?  Have a great weekend everyone!  Thanks for stopping by.

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  1. You made a great choice! What a fun entry piece.

  2. I love this Holly, I never would have thought of doing something like that. What's more, it really shows off the shape of the headboard, which as you say, was the best part !

  3. That turned out so beautiful. I can hardly believe it was a headboard.

  4. very clever repurpose Holly! I believe this handy piece will find a new home quickly. :) grat job!

  5. Cute, cute....your right, perfect for a mudroom or a home school room.

  6. This is soooo cool! I would have never thought about turning a headboard into something this functional...great idea!! I saw your link over at Kammy's Corner and wanted to personally invite you to my very first linky party that I am hosting - Tute's Tuesdays at This is my first time hosting so advice would be greatly appreciated! I hope to see you at the party! ;) Again, thanks for doing such an inspirational piece. I really need to locate a cool headboard now (haha)

  7. I so adore upcycled projects, and yours came out great! Really love this piece.
    What would I have done with a headboard?
    Probably made a large sign to use as a header over my upcycled french door pass through bar.
    Stopping by via POPP... following via bloglovin!

  8. Great upcycled project! Stop by my Friday's Five Features and link up this project (and others)!

  9. Ok, now THAT is obviously what I've been saving my old headboard for. That is a very cool idea that is really useful. Love it!

  10. Love this project! Very cool idea~ Stopping by to let you know I am featuring you tomorrow! Congrats!