This repurposed headboard sign isn't too difficult to make. I used a power saw to cut the bed apart, but you could use a handsaw. Small bunk beds or twin headboards are fairly easy to find. This would even work with a larger bed, you would just cut more of the sides off if you wanted it to be on the smaller side.
Twin Headboards Repurposed
Do you remember these bed parts I got recently for $5.00? The one in the front is painted, while the one in the back had never been painted. I used my sawzall to cut the posts off of the headboard. (I used my compound miter saw to even up the ends after I cut them with the sawzall)
This sign was made with the bottom of the piece that was not painted.
Using Contact Paper as a Stencil Material
I used some contact paper in my Silhouette to make some stencils. By the way, I still have the positive pieces to stencil another sign someday.
I prefer using contact paper to make one use stencils because it's such a good deal. Generally, I buy one large roll, and cut it down the middle yielding me two nice rolls of 9" material!
The word was very large and difficult to work with because the font was very “frilly”. However, I really feel it was worth the trouble in the end. Of course you could hand paint this sign, or use some other kind of stencil you purchase.
Spray Painting Repurposed Headboard Sign
I used some Scotch Blue Painter’s tape to tape off the edges of my repurposed headboard sign.
To make it easy on myself, I used some spray paint that is a paint and primer in one to spray paint the piece black.
Several light coats work best. I did it basically like I did the Welcome headboard bench.
DIY Wooden Bienvenue Sign
Wow! Do you LOVE it? After I removed the stencils, I was thrilled with the results. The fleur-de-lis were so crisp, they almost looked like stickers.
To give the sign a little shine, I applied some wipe-on poly right over the paint.. I wasn’t sure if it was going to work, but it did just fine. Not only does the wipe on poly give it a little shine, it also acts as a sealer! Bonus! It darkens the wood and makes it look richer.
I use d rings to hang all my larger signs.
Pretty Repurposed Headboard Sign
This might be one of my favorite signs. I really like the natural wood tone with the black paint. I made a Home--Where your story begins out of the larger top board.
Are you a wood tone lover? Or do you prefer painted signs?
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.