Monday, January 24, 2011

Repurposed Headboard

I love hitting yard sales and thrift stores.  You just never know what kind of treasures you may find.  Last week I headed across town to the new, expanded Habitat For Humanity Store and saw this circa 1960s headboard.  Not really my taste and while it looks like wood, it is formed plastic over a piece of particle board, attached to a frame with just a couple of screws.  I wasn't in the market for a heaboard and it really wouldn't go with the more modern feeling of our home.


BUT, all week long this silly $10 headboard kept popping in to my crafty brain.  It kept saying, "I am not a headboard, I am a beautiful architectual wall hanging, buy me, bring me home, let me be beautiful."  (I know, it can't talk but that is what I was hearing.) 
I have seen many beautiful pieces of furniture out there in blogland that started out gaudy and dated given a new lease on life with a coate of paint.  So, when I was back on the west side of town over the weekend I swung through the Habistore and it was still there (elation)...I picked it up and carried it up to the check out.  When I got it home I loved it even more.  I immediately got out the drill and pulled it apart.  I grabbed the can of creamy white spray paint I had bought for a different project and went to work. 


Here she is...isn't she amazing.  They need another coat of paint but I am in love.  My plan was to put these in our new guest room, but while sitting on the couch last night and looking at our beautiful new Behr Pure Earth paint on the walls, I had an idea...what would they look like in that great big opening above our fireplace.  So I grabbed a couple of them and propped them up.  Even my husband loves the look.

 Only problem is, it would be awesome if we had 4 of these beauties - sadly there are only 3.  One idea is to hang them vertical one on top of each other, 2 verticle with one horizontal and then add a wrought iron piece, or ....????  So until we come up with a plan, I guess we will just lean two in the giant opening.  We both love, love, love the contrast of the creamy white against the earthy beige.

This love story is to be continued...

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23 comments:

  1. What a great find... I think hanging 3 of them vertically one on top of another would look so nice in that space above your fireplace. I'm thinking you must live in my town, because they recently moved and expanded the Habistore here from the south side to the west side. Am I right?

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  2. Sandy, I am in Tucson and it looks like you are too! Thanks for the suggestion. We talked about that option too, however it leaves alot of space on either side. If you haven't been to the new Habistore it is really nice. We have found some great stuff at the Habistore in the past year including 2 new in the box light fixtures for our new home.

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  3. So nice to meet a fellow blogger from Tucson! I have not been to the new Habistore yet, I went when it was over on the south side. I live on the southeast side of town so I don't often get to the west or northwest sides of town. Next time I'm over that way though I will check it out.

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  4. Love them, they turned out beautiful :)

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  5. Lori, I just thought of something that might work for that spot over your fireplace. Check out this post: http://craftyladylindsay.blogspot.com/2011/01/hip-and-modern-family-name-wall-hanging.html. I made one with our family name and sent it off to CVS to be printed as a poster; then I plan on framing it. That might work for the spot you need to fill - just a thought!

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  6. Sandy, I used that idea for my son's room. We just bought this house and are still in the process of decorating it. It is a work in progress for sure. What is your blog?

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  7. So glad to see you used that idea, I can't wait to get mine back from CVS to see how it will turn out. I have two blogs actually: sunflowerzcrochet.blogspot.com and sandysewz.blogspot.com. The first one is more focused on crochet; the second one is sewing and crafts that I do. Please come by and visit!

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  8. I do that, go into Goodwill and see something and not buy it then start thinking about what I could do with it. I saw a bunch of the cupboard doors that should have panes of glass but were bare and really wanted some and told myself no...now I want some. But the Restore is all the way across town. Bummer for me =). You did a great thing with your find.

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  9. Such a good idea. I think they turned out just perfect.

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  10. What a great find and a great repurpose! They look fab in white!

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  11. What a great find! You totally scored on those. Have you tried hanging three of them, horizontally up there? I can't wait to see what else you find. I just signed up as your newest follower, I'm a new blogger. I'd love if you'd stop by for a visit and maybe return the favor. Take care!

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  12. Great repurpose! This reminds me of those little 1970's end tables with doors on them. My mom has one with a similar design. She might be getting a call to see if she wants to part with the doors :) Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Oh yeah, those are going to look great! Nice idea!

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  14. what a great idea! and you are right, its so much better as a wall hanging than a headboard!

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  16. IMHO, if you hang them vertically, you'll have to flip them onto their sides (looks like long-wise they might be a tad too long).

    OR....you could try a triangle formation. I would do the two on the bottom vertically, the way you've got them sitting in the niche & the top one horizontally, just for a fun little twist.

    Nice way to save an ugly headboard!
    ♥hugs♥
    {visiting from TaterTots & Jello}

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  17. They turned out fabulous! I would never have "seen" that in them. Very cool!

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  18. It's crazy how different {and great} they look with just a bit of paint. Very fun!

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  19. I like the idea you have in this post. Now, I know what to do with my granny's old bed headboard. It does not have wood carvings like this but it has two small cabinets situated at both ends. Maybe, I can sand it and paint it white just like yours and attach it on the wall as holders of picture frames and figurines.

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  20. I agree with Sandy! Hanging the 3 of them vertically on top of one another would look so nice in the space above on your fireplace or put something there so that it won't look pale.

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