One of the things I enjoy most with old furniture is finding ways to bring new life to an old piece that’s near the end of it’s usefulness.  Just because an old piece isn’t useful in it’s current state doesn’t mean it cannot be transformed into something new that’s both attractive and useful in a home.

Take old beds, for example.  Most older head and foot boards were made for beds with mattresses were not as thick as pillow top mattresses.  The head and foot boards were typically shorter, and they are now dwarfed by today’s mattresses and bedding.  It’s not uncommon to find these old foot and headboard stacked in the back of used furniture areas in thrift stores.

These twin headboards shown were great candidates for coat racks. I purchased them last spring–and like any good DIY-er they sat in my lots-of-potential-and waiting-to-be-completed pile.  With cooler weather in Texas (and summer heat behind us) I was able to work on them in my garage!

When converting headboards like these, I often find it helpful to trim down the length of the legs.  With my circular saw, I did that on both these pieces, at an angle opposite of that on the tops.

I then primed both pieces with white Zinsser Bulls Eye 1-2-3 spray primer.  The top piece was then painted Lowe’s Valspar “Lost Atlantis”, and the bottom Lowe’s Valspar “Turquoise Tint”.   I purchased sample sizes of both of these paints, and they were only $3 each.

Each piece was then glazed black, Each was distressed using coarse sand paper, and the distressing revealed both the wood tones, and white primer I had applied.  A single coat of polyurethane was applied to each to protect the finish.  I then attached heavy duty wall hangers from Home Depot on the backs, and hooks from Hobby Lobby were placed across the fronts.  The heads of the wood screws used to attach the hooks were spray painted black.

Both of these pieces now have great potential for coats, jackets, kid’s back packs, beach towels, scarves…you name it!  And they will also add charm and character as decorative wall pieces.

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  1. I LOVE these pieces and since I can’t get them shipped, I am going to follow your directions and try one myself. Thank you!!! They are beautiful!

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