Today’s headboard chalkboard project is another quick turnaround project. Do you remember when I got those yard sale castoffs a couple of weeks ago? I really didn’t have a place to store them, so I got right to work transforming them.
You can see the the foot board makeover on Homeright.com. Today, I’ll show you what I did with the small twin headboard.
Trim off the legs of the bed
This repurposed headboard chalkboard started as many of my projects do—with a saw. I very carefully clamped and cut these pieces on my compound miter saw. See the large space that is left after I cut the legs? I want to fill that place with a piece of thin plywood, but I need a couple of pieces to support it.
Use a Kreg Jig for joining
First, I grabbed a couple of 1x’s and cut them to length and added pocket holes with my Kreg Jig® K4
I chose to put the pocket holes facing frontwards so that when I attach the thin plywood, the joints won’t show.
Use wood glue and a nail gun
As usual, I attached the plywood with Gorilla wood glue and my Ryobi airstrike stapler.
Headboard Chalkboard needs a top shelf
I thought this coat rack would prove more useful if it had a top shelf. So, I added this shelf and secured it with Gorilla wood glue and my Ryobi stapler.
Coat rack with chalkboard and a shelf!
This is the progress is so far. Hindsight 20/20, I wish I had left the tops (now the bottom legs) just slight longer. Notice how it rests on the cross piece instead of the side pieces.
Add trim/molding to chalkboard area
I did some light sanding, and just before I took it to the paint booth, I decided to cut some molding to give a more finished look where the chalkboard meets the other pieces.
Paint a coat of primer
I used my HomeRight Finish Max to primer this and three other repurposed headboard projects.
Add hooks and hardware
Then it turned H.O.T. I had to bring the headboard inside to finish it. Then, I painted a coat of Naval blue, the same color I used on the twin beds makeover. I painted it on with a brush, because I didn’t want a heavy coverage, I wanted some of the black to show through.
While in the kitchen, I added the coat hooks (from Home Depot) D rings for hanging, and the trim (molding) pieces. You can see in the bottom right picture of this collage that I didn’t quite get the trim totally covered where it meets the bottom. I did some touchups there, and where I used the Ryobi airstrike nail gun.
Headboard Chalkboard Coat Rack
I made a similar repurposed headboard coat rack chalkboard several years ago.
No, it’s not meant to hang on a fence, but it’s the only place I have that gets good light for pictures. I think it’s perfect for a busy family just in time for back to school.
Not every headboard becomes a bench around here. 🙂
What is your favorite part about this transformation?
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Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.