While planning the design for the Parade of Homes in 2012, I challenged myself to try and make a lot of the art and decor myself by repurposing as much as possible. I had a small budget to work with so getting this model home to look appealing and attract attention, I would have to get creative.
I invited my friend Judi, to bring her creative input for several items, for she enjoys painting furniture and repurposing as much as I do. I wrote several previous posts about some of the items I made, such as the sculptural chair shelves in the stairwell, and the frames hanging in the half bath. This post is about how we took a vintage twin headboard and repurposed it into a memo/message center for the mudroom wall.
We had a small wall to work with and I needed something to hang over the built in bench. I wanted something where notes, and school work could be posted, dog leashes and a light jacket could be be hung, and maybe a quick look into a mirror while dashing out the door. With repurposing in mind, I looked through anything on hand that was on the flat side, long and had sections for multiple family members. A headboard was just the answer and will work perfectly for what I was envisioning.
Since we needed to paint the headboard, sanding was a must so that the paint has something to adhere to. This headboard had some paint on it, so all of the old paint had to come off. Several coats of paint were used in the same color as the wood trim in the room. The center panel on the headboard was open, so that will be the perfect place to put the mirror.
Inside each panel, I was able to pick up some cork pieces that were just a little too wide, so they were cut to fit and glued into place. Assorted vintage door knobs were screwed into the door under vintage inspired metal file drawer labels with each family member name. A small wicker basket was hung to catch mail.
With the repurposing theme carried throughout the house, the visitors appreciated and pointed out all the transformations as they went room by room.
When trying to fill a need, you will be surprised at how all you need may be right in front of you…or maybe, you are sleeping on it!
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