My name is Lisa and I'm a crafty girl with wanderlust working as an engineer by day. My blog chronicles projects in my home as well as pictures and stories from my travels.




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Headboard Makeover for My Guest Room

About a week and a half ago, I was at the Ann Arbor ReUse Center wandering around looking for treasures when I stumbled upon this really cool wooden headboard for just $25.

The wood was cracked and in terrible shape, but I knew that with a little bit of work it would be perfect in my guest room. I just loved the rounded spindles that looked like stacks of beads. I loaded it up in the back of my little hatchback and took it home.

As a first step I gave the headboard a good washing to get rid of all the dust and gunk that had accumulated on it over time. I patched a few large cracks and then used some grey spray paint primer to give it an even base. With a few light coats of red satin spray paint and a few days of drying, my headboard was ready for the guest room.

I chose the red because I thought it would stand out nicely against the pale blue walls and pick up some of the red in the vintage travel posters that I have across the room over the console table that I made from a Japanese chest.

I am so happy to finally have a headboard in the guest room. I think the final result is quite striking. I got some new grey sheets with a tiny, subtle geometric pattern, but now the bed needs some fun throw pillows and some art above it as a next step.

What do you think? Do you like the red or would you have gone with another color?

Reader Comments (11)

Hi Lisa,
I love it! You always stumble across the best finds. Your house is definitely going to be featuring "you". It's awesome! Keep up the great work!
What type of putty do you use to repair wood cracks?
P.S. If you answer these posts, where can we view the replies?

July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVeronique

Nice job, Lisa

July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMarilyn McIntosh

I like all the rolls on the spindle headboard - you did an amazing restorative job. The red fits so nicely with all the other read accents.

July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMary-Lou

Veronique- Thank you so much! You can use wood putty to fill in cracks and then sand it down. I respond to all of the comments in the comment feed. I try to answer the same day but if I am traveling it may take me a day or two but I will always answer. Many times I have my posts written and then set up to automatically post (especially when I am traveling) so just because you see new posts doesn't mean I have had a chance to reply yet. (But I will!)

Marilyn- Thank you!

Mary-Lou- Thank you! I think the red is fun, too!

July 18, 2012 | Registered CommenterLisa

You have a great eye for seeing potential beauty! I would have walked right past that headboard, but you showed that it could be transformed into something great. I love the red, by the way. It makes it look Asian in origin to me.

July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Agree with Sandy, such a great piece that I probably wouldn't have bothered with. The red is absolutely perfect!

July 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHilary

I love the red. My favorite color!
You are right, too. It is very striking the way you pulled the red out of the posters
using the headboard. A very nice and inviting guest room ready for your guests!

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkathy f

You have an amazing ability to see potential in items. Without you this treasure would probably have ended up in the garbage. I love the red! It's perfect and after reading numerous posts about your remodeling efforts, I have a whole new appreciation for spray paint.

July 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLiza Wasinger

Sandy- Thank you! That is so sweet of you to say.

Hilary- Thank you! I am loving the red, too. I think it is really cheerful.

Kathy- Thank you! I hope that my guests like it. Red is one of my favorite colors.

Liza- Thank you! I am a spray paint addict. You can get such a nice finish without much effort. I can't even imagine how long it would have taken me to paint the headboard by hand with all the curvy spindles.

July 19, 2012 | Registered CommenterLisa

did u attach it to the bed or the wall

April 28, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLisa

It is attached to the bed frame. Hope that helps!

June 3, 2015 | Registered CommenterLisa

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