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Thursday, March 27, 2014

An Extra Antique Headboard & What To Do With It

I have an extra headboard laying around and have been pondering a “should it stay or should it go now” solution.


It was used in Sweet Guy’s travel themed bedroom. He has outgrown his twin bed and we recently finished transforming an antique full size head and footboard which I will be sharing soon.


Both Mr. D├ęcor and I love the various curves of the old pine piece.


Even the hardware where the rails attach has fabulous patina.


So I am thinking about doing this:

Keep reading for fantastic inspiration.

I love the idea of transforming the headboard into a garden gate.


Or perhaps a bench.

A porch swing would be nice. But I would need a porch.

repurposed headboard or bench into a swing

A chalkboard could be fun.

Or perhaps used as an outdoor gardening rack….

…or indoors to keep towels tidy.

Repurposed headboard towel rack with yellow flower hooks

Pretty shelving is always a plus.

Repurposed headboard = lovely shelving for display.

(You may click on the images to be taken to the original source.)

Which idea is your favorite?



  1. I love them all but I think the garden gate or the shelf are my faves!

  2. By all means keep it. It is a beautiful piece of wood. I like the shelf best for this piece of wood.

  3. Maybe you will have a porch one day? I like yhe garden gate and porch swing best.

  4. Oh it is such a pretty piece with such fabulous patina, something so you don't paint it would be my choice. Hugs, Marty

  5. I've seen them made into benches before and they are super cute. I like the garden gate idea a lot. I also like the shelf. Can't wait to see what you do with it!

  6. What a beauty ;-) I love it....


  7. Love the possibilities. The garden gate is wonderful - have faith, you will have a garden!

  8. I love all the ideas! So clever...but may I share a bias that I have about re-purposing? I like to see things irreversibly re-purposed only when they are no longer able to fulfill their original purpose. Once you turn this functional item into a decorative item, there is no going back. I think I'd rather store it intact or sell it, and then use a piece that can no longer be a headboard (due to missing rails, footboard, etc.) But that's just me, and I only "share" this thought because you asked. That said, I will enjoy whatever project you undertake. My fave is the garden bench. I wish I could remember which blog it was where I saw this done. So cool.

  9. Oh gosh, they are all such great ideas, Laura! I'm not sure which I would go with. I'd probably have to think about which I could use more, or which I would actually use. Love the idea of a garden gate, though.

  10. We live in hope, Laura... I'm going with the porch swing!

  11. I am partial to anything garden-related, so I would go with the bench, gate or rack to hang garden items (even if in the garage). All those ideas are great ones.

  12. I'm pretty much there with Wendy Bee - I would look for a repurposing that would allow it to be used for its intended purpose someday if necessary - a bed for visiting grandchildren, perhaps? So I'd vote for the towel rack with the screwed on hooks because I think that could be reversed or a coat rack for inside...

  13. I thought the bench looked like the best idea until I got to the last photo! I love the small shelves for displaying things! This would be nice to have! Hugs!

  14. That headboard is lovely! I vote for either a garden gate or a porch swing!

  15. I have a pair of lovely, old headboards I've been holding onto "just in case" and, thanks to you Laura, I now know what I can do with them!
    Have a lovely weekend.

  16. Oh Laura, so many beautiful choices here! I love them all!! Can't wait to see what you decide to do. Enjoy your weekend, Gail

  17. I have my son's headboard and footboard too. He insists we keep it intact so he could give it to his son. I would have turned it into a bench, but we are respecting his wishes. Got to tell you, he is 30 years old, not married, and we are storing this in our basement!

  18. What a wonderful headboard! I'd keep it just the way it is, then again, it would make a beautiful swing or bench!
    Have a great weekend~

  19. I think it is so pretty. It would get ruined outdoors, so I like the indoor ideas like the hook rack or the shelving.

  20. I would never have thought of doing this before, how neat is that? Great ideas! Love your blog :)

  21. All great, fun ideas..But if you love the patina of something...Why would you paint it?? I guess I just love natural wood finishes best..


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