DIY Tutorial: Repurposing Vintage Wicker Headboards

This past spring, a friend of mine found a pair of wicker twin headboards on the side of the road.  Though she didn’t know what she was going to do with them, she quickly snatched them up, and brought them over to show me.  Of course, I was super happy for her since I love discovering awesome stuff on the side of the road.  On Mothers Day, we came home after church, and I discovered a sweet little gift.  The headboards were there, tied with a ribbon, card enclosed.  What a precious friend!

I contemplated about what to do with them…I didn’t have a use for any more headboards at the time. When I am stumped, I stare.  And stare.  I turned the headboards different ways.  Finally, I got them into a position when I got an idea.

Meet my side door entry, which is where we always come in.

Kind of Snoozeville.  It needed some spicing up.

Of course, I enlisted some help from a few little people.  I love projects where I can involve them!  It helps me get things done, and I like to include them in the transformation of items in our home so they feel ownership in making our house special.

It actually didn’t take too long before the first coat was done.

For this project, I used a quart of paint leftover from my stairwell makeover – Benjamin Moore “Hale Navy”. The stairwell is somewhat connected to this space (you see it when you come up the stairs from the side entry – this makeover will be featured soon!)

I have collected the first letters of everyone’s name over time – if I could catch one on sale, gifts, etc.

Anthropologie

I had a really hard time finding hooks I liked.  After looking at several stores, I was stumped, until I happened upon a bag of antique brass chandelier arms at the flea market.  There were sixteen arms for $8.00.  I loved how they were whimsical and light, yet still strong and sturdy.  They make great hooks!

To connect the headboards, I glued the legs together and painted them so you couldn’t see the seam.  I used screws and drywall anchors to ensure my little hook station was anchored to the wall.  Taking my finger and dabbing it in the paint, I made sure the head of each screw was painted so it would be as inconspicuous as possible.  Easy breezy.

A basket was placed below for little ones to put their shoes in when they come inside.  I am really trying to get into the habit of this – anyone else out there scrambling to find their kids shoes as they are running out the door?!

The basket was $11.99 at one of my favorite stores – H to the Goods.  Side Note:  Attention Fort Worthians! Sunday morning at eight o’clock, our Home Goods is opening – finally!  WOOHOO!!  I will be there, come join me!

One of my favorite things about design is thinking of ingenuous ways to style a space using items in an unexpected manner.  I am happy with my keys/shoes/bags drop-off station – it is unique and different.

Do you spy my little wallpaper sample in the side entry?  Yeah, I’m pondering something different for that, too.  I painted it Martha Stewart’s “Peacock”, a color I love, but it makes the space feel a little like a dark hole.   I need to brighten it up in there.

P.S.  If you read my post yesterday, you know that Kristen and I have a pair of wicker headboards right now for you to get creative with!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!  See you back here Monday.

 

2 Responses to “DIY Tutorial: Repurposing Vintage Wicker Headboards”

  1. Mommy Chic August 17, 2012 at 11:18 pm #

    You’re so stinkin clever! Love the idea!

    • Grace August 20, 2012 at 5:01 am #

      Thanks Mommy Chic! I was so happy the image in my head looked good in real life. 🙂