Do you have a headboard with bad veneer? My nephew Jimmy dropped this off for me to repair and paint.
Isn't it a beautiful bed?
Excuse the blurry picture. It’s the only picture I have that shows how bad the veneer was warped.
How to Repair Veneer
The veneer was pulling away from the front and the back of this headboard.
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If you want a good hold when you repair a headboard, I recommend the ever popular Gorilla Wood Glue .
Then, I used something very thin to spread the glue. If you look carefully, you’ll see how wavy the veneer is in both the front and the back. After I spread the glue I need to clamp it.
New Use for Painter's Tape
My regular readers know I’m a huge fan of ScotchBlue Painter’s tape. I have found a brand new use for it! Look how I applied tape to two pieces of scrap lumber.
Clamp Headboard Veneer
I used those two pieces of taped boards to clamp the headboard. Applying just enough pressure to get a little ooze. Don’t apply so much pressure that you make ALL of the glue ooze out.
I used four clamps and let the glue set up.
You can see that this option is a lot better than using the same four clamps in random areas. It sandwiched the bad veneer really well.
When the glue had set up, I removed the clamps and “popped off” the scrap lumber. It did stick slightly to the bed, but not like it would have stuck if the ScotchBlue had not been used.
Clean Repaired Headboard
It’s the dead of winter but we had a pretty warm day, so I was able to work outside. After sanding the bed, I used some TSP to wash it down.
Repair a Headboard with Wood Putty
There were some cracks there on the top left, this is before I filled them with wood putty.
This is after I filled the cracks and sanded.
Paint Headboard White
It was warm enough for me to paint outdoors. This is after I sprayed some gray primer on the footboard. I have a new favorite sprayer from Homeright.
I didn’t have much time to work, so I mostly concentrated on the spindle parts of the bed, because they are so hard to paint by hand.
The weather turned cold again, and I was painting by hand indoors with a fabulous Purdy paint brush! If you’ve never used one, you really should try it.
Here I am painting in my kitchen! The bed is mostly finished. Jimmy is having a hard time finding side rails. I think he’s going to try using a regular metal bed frame. His aunt gail has had side rails, but has repurposed them into other items.
If you're not using the headboard for the bed, you will love these ideas on how to repurpose headboards.
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.