This is the mate to the headboard I’m using in today’s headboard wall shelf project. Imagine this headboard missing one of the spindles.
Because I’m making two projects out of this one twin headboard, I needed to do a little modification with the reciprocating saw. I’ll be using the lower portion for this project. The upper portion became a Christmas stocking holder with a chalkboard.
Sand bedposts smooth
TIP: I use 2 orbital sanders, one with 150 grit sandpaper and the other with 220 grit. Since I’ve been doing this, it saves me a LOT of time not having to switch out sandpapers constantly.
Prepare bed posts for shelf
After testing (dry fit) a 1x4 board as a shelf, I see that it is only going to be connecting atop of the former bed posts, so I will have to make some extra pocket holes to secure it properly.
Pocket holes secure shelf
If you don't have a pocket hole jig, you can use "L" brackets. However, if you do a lot of projects, I highly recommend you investing in one of these jigs. For more details see my post How To Use A Kreg Jig
To make the shelf more secure I had to do pocket holes on the front of the bed post as well.
Gorilla wood glue insures a good hold
For even more security, I used Gorilla Wood Glue on the top of each bed post.
Using large bar clamps hold everything in place so I can make all the adjustments to get the shelf properly placed. The Kreg mulitmark is helpful for spacing and to make sure that the board will be flush against the wall along with the bed post.
DID YOU KNOW: When using wood glue and clamps, you don't want all of the glue to ooze out. Therefore, don't tighten the clamps too much.
Sand headboard wall shelf
I used the orbital sander with 220 grit sandpaper to sand the pocket holes and the top shelf smooth, smooth, smooth. I prefer to round over the edge of the shelf board slightly with my sander to remove the hard edge of the mill. It makes it look more like it was original, than something DIY.
Time to paint
Of course I used my diy chalky paint primer. It’s still my favorite way to paint.
I love a good dry brush technique
The diy chalky paint primer was also used for the top coat (dry brush technique)
This perfect gray is leftover from what I used on diy portable wall.
It’s a great looking shelf, but I think it should have hooks, don’t you?
Add hooks to wall shelf
I used single hooks from D. Lawless Hardware thinking this would be great for a kitchen to hang coffee cups. But of course whoever bought it at Glendale will decide what will hang on the hooks and display on the shelf.
This headboard wall shelf sold pretty early in the day at Glendale 2016. I love using bits and pieces to make projects come together.
What do you do with bed parts?
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.