Today I’m participating for the first time in a monthly series of Themed Furniture Makeovers with some of my favorite furniture refinishing blogger friends. Every month we have to refinish/build a piece of furniture that coordinates with that month’s theme and we share it on the same day! (Their links are at the bottom of this post).
Well, this month’s theme is RUSTIC and as soon as I knew the theme, I knew I wanted to hurry and finish a headboard I’ve had in my garage. So here’s the story…
Last fall I posted my plans for the room and I wasn’t able to do much about it until recently, when this themed monthly project motivated me to finally refinish this fantastic Eastlake Headboard that I had sitting around for about a year. It used to have a dark dark glossy finish, so all the details were lost. I started stripping it, but it was taking forever, so it sat in my garage for nearly 9 months. Then, this past month I started making over my master bathroom, and well… once that room got to looking spiffy, I couldn’t just neglect the rest of the room! So I woke up early one morning and got to planking the wall behind our bed. Then I finished painting the walls. Then the trim. Then I calked. Then a few days later I finished stripping the headboard.
I cleaned off all the stipper, let it dry over night, then wiped the whole thing down with Danish Oil.
I should also mention that it started out as full size bed. As you may or may not know, antique beds didn’t have a larger size than full back in the day. They just didn’t. People were smaller or really liked to cuddle. Or something.
Our current mattress and boxspring was a queen and Bruno wasn’t willing to go down in size, so I cut off the decorative end pieces on the footboard, screwed them on the sides of the headboard, to add the 6 inches I was lacking before… and voila– I had a queen headboard! I’m so pleased that it looks pretty seamless with the design…
From that point I just screwed it into a 1×6 that was the width of the bed frame, then attached the 1×6 to the frame with some hanger bolts and nuts.
I love the natural walnut color of this headboard and the fact you can actually see the grain and it feels like wood! Lacquered wood is such a shame. I mean… I love painted furniture, don’t get me wrong… but some pieces look better natural, and if you are going to show off the grain, at least don’t put a shiny lacquer on it!
Before I was ready to show off the headboard I had to finish a couple other things too.
I hung my elephant painting on the wall… (I can never find the right place for my paintings… I always think they look ‘off’)
I made a couple of sconce/lanterns out of vintage blue Ball Mason Jars and hung them on either side of the bed…
I repainted the shutters on the nightstand I painted last fall in my video tutorial…
I added a nightstand I built on the other side of the bed and shopped my house for pillows that would coordinate…
Quick reminder of what the room looked like before:
I still need to reupholster those peachy tufted chairs and I even bought the fabric and tufting buttons… Just waiting on time to do it! I also need a rug still, and I haven’t finished the other side of the room where the TV sits on an antique dresser… but I’m so excited about how this is looking so far!
So what do you think?