A Headboard Makeover

by Kimba on May 13, 2009

in Furniture Rehab

I’ve wanted a real headboard for my older son’s bedroom for a couple of years, but just haven’t been able to justify the expense. That doesn’t stop me from oogling and drooling over those beautiful pieces of furniture in the Pottery Barn catalogue.

When I saw this old headboard tucked in the corner of the Salvation Army, I knew I could make it work for my older son’s room. And at only $20, it was worth the risk even if it didn’t work. I used liquid sander on the whole thing to get rid of the shine. This was the first time I’ve used it and I was really happy with the results.

Since it was so plain, a little trim work seemed like a natural addition. I attached two rectangles of premade molding that is usually used to create wainscoting. They are in with the molding at Lowes or Home Depot. If I had any patience at all, I would have waited until The Hubster got home and let him use the miter saw to make my own. They’re attached with wood glue and a few finishing nails.

Then a couple of coats of Kilz primer. Oops! Forgot to take a picture before I started painting.

Can you believe that this Pottery Barn-ish bed only cost me $40 total? That’s the cost of the bed and the framing. I already had the paint.

Edited to add: The paint color is an Olympic color (from Lowes) called Star Spangled. It’s a perfect blue for this project…not too bright…not too navy.

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1 Fifi Flowers May 18, 2009 at 10:05 am

GOOD headboard makeover!

2 Linda/"Mom" May 18, 2009 at 10:47 am

* May I simply ECHO the first comment, made by “SANDY”???? And WOW!!!!~~~~~

Girlfriend, ya dun GOOOOOOD!!!!

Warmest, Linda *

3 Christi @ A Southern Life May 18, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Great makeover!

4 susan May 18, 2009 at 4:32 pm

It definitely says “Pottery Barn” to me! Thanks for the tip on liquid sander–I may give this a try

5 Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) May 18, 2009 at 4:53 pm

Kimba…Great headboard! Amazing what some moldiing, paint and imagination can create…love it! Susan

6 Kim @ Manning Family Tree May 19, 2009 at 8:41 am

The headboard turned out great. (Like we had any doubts.)

7 Christi May 28, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Kimba, if I may ask – what is the name of the bedding that’s on his bed? This is just what I’m looking for, for Ryan’s room.


8 Kammy June 1, 2009 at 5:59 am

Great job – love the color !
Hugs ~ Kammy

9 Marie June 1, 2009 at 5:53 pm

How FUN! What a great make-over for that bed.

10 Tracy January 10, 2010 at 9:59 am

I love the headboard. I redid my son’s room years ago in navy blue furniture that looks like Pottery Barn. It was my old pine furniture that you put together from a box.
.-= Tracy┬┤s last blog ..Pears =-.

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