I had this décor transfer headboard project that never sold at my booth at Vendors’ Village. The large headboard seemed like the perfect item for a headboard shelf coat rack.
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Although the décor transfer laid pretty flush on the headboard, I was afraid it would show through the paint. I felt it was best to sand it smooth. I even did a facebook live sharing tips about using an orbital sander.
Sand Headboard Smooth
When sanding furniture pieces like this large headboard, it’s best to feel for smoothness instead of trusting your eye. Your hand will give you more insight to what imperfections may show through the new paint job.
Paint Headboard Shelf
Although the color is antique red, it does appear to have an orange tint in the photos.
Add Glaze to Tone color and Seal
After cutting a 1x6 to length and sanding the edges, it was time to paint and glaze the shelf board to match the headboard.
Attach Shelf to Headboard Coat Rack
Install Coat Hooks
It’s easy to add coat hooks if you follow these simple steps. Mark for screws, drill pilot holes, secure screws with screwdriver. Using a power drill may cause the screws to break off. Many headboards are made of hardwoods—making it difficult to secure the screws.
To get the hook even/level I placed a pencil at the edge of the headboard and rested the hook on the pencil. Then I marked and drilled etc. The color looks really off in this photo.
Attach D Rings
I like to use these heavy duty d rings on my hanging projects.
Hang Headboard Shelf Coat Rack
This is a better representation of the real color.
The whale artwork “Think Happy Be Happy” was purchased in Cape Cod while on vacation with my daughter Jamie . It’s my goal in life to just “be happy”.
I really love how pretty it looks on the white plank wall, don’t you? I hope it sells quickly at Glendale (Kentucky) in the Fall.
Old headboards make great coat racks, see more coat rack ideas here.
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.