Monday, November 10, 2008

Thrift Store Headboard

There's a story behind the headboard below and the bench at the foot of the bed. This old headboard was found in a Salvation Army for $10.00. It had a giant "wagon wheel" in the center. My friend had the vision for this piece. She could see in her head what it "could" look like with a little work. That's something you just have to have when shopping around at thrift stores. You have to have a vision of what a piece may look like after you bring it home and make the adjustments.

My friend cut the wagon wheel out and replaced it with a padded fabric backboard. This particular headboard had so many beautiful elements to it that it was worth salvaging. The original wood was in great condition and only needed a little lemon oil to shine it up.

I think she did a great job with this project. For $10.00, a vision and some work she got herself a beautiful headboard.

The bench at the end of the bed was also picked up at the Salvation Army. She only had to recover the top piece and it was a perfect match to the headboard.

Sometimes you have to add and subtract to make old furniture work for you and your home. It's worth it though. Most new furniture today is made with veneers over particle board. Solid wood furniture is hard to find these days unless a very high price tag is attached. I'm still finding solid wood furniture out there occasionally that is well worth the work when you get it home. The end result can make a great addition.

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  1. got any pictures of it with the wagon wheel still on? would love to see before with after! thanks!

  2. I really wish I had some "before" pics, but my friend isn't too good with digital pictures. Bummer.....