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What to do with this headboard?

i purchased this wooden ugly headboard at a thirft store,I want to put it in my lake cottage. Any suggestions had to make it look fabulous! It is king size, this is what I have in the room currently, a to small headboard.

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  • Kelli Di Capri
    Kelli Di Capri United Kingdom
    on Jan 27, 2014

    It's lovely! What about jewel coloured glass behind the fretwork, paint the whole of it in gilt and add enamel jewel colours to the button details - it'll bring out the Arabic feel to your mirrors :) Think Alhambra!

    • Penny Hughes
      Penny Hughes Palm Coast, FL
      on Jan 27, 2014

      @Kelli Di Capri Very creative thank you :)

  • Kathleen
    Kathleen Chattanooga, TN
    on Jan 27, 2014

    I love the the design and would probably paint it and leave it at that. The design would make a real statement. It would go with the current mirrors if you painted it white. Just my own idea, but make it your own!

  • Jackie Golladay
    Jackie Golladay Kennewick, WA
    on Jan 27, 2014

    @Penny Hughes White. french country. look at ones on Pinterest.. you can do this.. I think it is kind of short tho, when you put pillows on it you might lose it,, just a thought. I personally like the white one and would remove the mirrors and center the existing headboard and put white shelving around it.. Just a thought.If I lived by you I would buy the white headboard from you if you did not want it.:) Let us know how it turns out. I mean shelving top and sides.. would look fab!

    • Penny Hughes
      Penny Hughes Palm Coast, FL
      on Jan 27, 2014

      @Jackie Golladay hi,I like the idea of painting it white. I am trying to go for a modern- shabby cottage look. I have to have something where the mirror is on the right because of a fuse box that sticks out. I thought I could mount the headboard higher on the wall,maybe? And with the one in there now I want to make a bench for my kitchen,see the picture, looking for a new table.

      The table I have now is 36 squared. I think one that is white,maybe more of a rectangle, would like better and also a bench under the window. What do you think?

      The table I have now is 36 squared. I think one that is white,maybe more of a rectangle, would like better and also a bench under the window. What do you think?

  • No longer available
    No longer available Portland, OR
    on Jan 27, 2014

    Very pretty! Since it is for your lake cottage, I like the idea of painting it white. Maybe some of those pretty details you can highlight in a litle gold like the circles, or even gray if you prefer a weathered look with the cottage style. Someone mentioned that it might be a little short and lose the details behind pillows, good point - maybe it can be mounted on the wall rather than bed frame and then you can mount it a little higher. Great find!

    • Penny Hughes
      Penny Hughes Palm Coast, FL
      on Jan 27, 2014

      @No longer available Thanks I agree with you :)

  • Aimee Simon
    Aimee Simon Virginia Beach, VA
    on Jan 27, 2014

    I would distress it and give a vintage feel....and if you want it white...that would work too

  • Shari
    Shari Tampa, FL
    on Jan 27, 2014

    Are you keeping the same bedding? When I think beach cottage, I think of watery shades of blue. I can envision using white linens and painting the headboard a pretty shade of aqua, or linens in an aqua print and painting the headboard a slightly darker (or lighter) shade of aqua pulled from the bedding. You could possibly even paint it two-toned... the main body of the headboard aqua and the inset circles white, or visa versa. Of course, solid white would be great too but since you already have the white mirrors, a little color would provide a little variation and visual interest on that wall.

  • Christine
    Christine Upper Marlboro, MD
    on Jan 27, 2014

    I actually found a Henredon king head board similar to that. $10 at H4H! I was lucky to find a bench at another reuse center that is EXACTLY the same length. I'm going to attach the headboard to the bench, probably paint them and have a great bench with a back for my own back porch. So it doesn't actually NEED to remain a head board. :) I'm also thinking sidelight for a door. Hmm.

    • Penny Hughes
      Penny Hughes Palm Coast, FL
      on Jan 28, 2014

      @Christine I paid $20 for this one and I love it ! I just can't decide what color to paint it, white with silver accents or the other way around or something completely different as others have suggested.

  • Judy Jackson
    Judy Jackson Sun River, MT
    on Jan 28, 2014

    Make a bench out of it for your lake side houses' porch

  • DeDe @ Designed Decor
    DeDe @ Designed Decor Canton, OH
    on Jan 28, 2014

    I would paint it a shabby white! Turn the old headboard into a bench!

  • Confessions of a Serial DIYer
    Confessions of a Serial DIYer Virginia Beach, VA
    on Jan 28, 2014

    On HGTV a while back, I saw them add fabric to the back of a similar headboard. It's hard to visualize, but it looked beautiful when it was finished. They painted it first and I think the fabric was padded.

    • Cindy
      Cindy Montevallo, AL
      on Jan 28, 2014

      @Confessions of a Serial DIYer That's exactly what I was thinking. Maybe even use the same fabric as the comforter or pillows!!!

  • Marian taylor
    Marian taylor Spokane, WA
    on Jan 28, 2014

    This headboard just screams for a wedding ring quilt

  • Haifa
    Haifa Meridian, NY
    on Jan 28, 2014

    I would paint it a color that really pops. Something blue

  • Janice Phillips (JP)
    Janice Phillips (JP) Clayton, NC
    on Jan 28, 2014

    I found a headboard exactly like this one at an Estate Sale. I painted mine in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint - Provence. It was gorgeous! It sold the first week to a client for her beach house! Good luck @pennyhughes!

    • Penny Hughes
      Penny Hughes Palm Coast, FL
      on Jan 29, 2014

      @Janice Phillips (JP) I can't wait to do something to the headboard. You don't happen to have a picture of what you did,by chance?

  • MikkiGirl
    MikkiGirl Apollo, PA
    on Jan 28, 2014

    I'd paint it a white chalk paint and maybe use a soft blue or green for the detail pieces that connect the rings. Sharon@Lilikoi Joy's suggestion of mounting it higher on the wall is great!

  • Laura Tweed
    Laura Tweed United Kingdom
    on Jan 28, 2014

    make a fantastic ornamental mantle over a fire if a shelf was added and a long thin mirror behind the ornate bit at the top

  • Joan @ Nicer Than New
    Joan @ Nicer Than New Canada
    on Jan 28, 2014

    I assume you will keep it as a headboard. I would paint and distress it if you like that look or paint it and perhaps use a metallic paint on the round medallions to bring them out. Another idea is to use two shades such as tan or grey for the frame and white or cream for the circles. Regardless, I LOVE it! Great find!

  • Anna Ibarra
    Anna Ibarra San Antonio, TX
    on Jan 28, 2014

    Wow, what a lovely pattern, I like it. I'm sure you'll get tons of suggestions. People are very crafty here. But good find and can't wait to find out what you did with it.

  • Confessions of a Serial DIYer
    Confessions of a Serial DIYer Virginia Beach, VA
    on Jan 28, 2014

    Yes , Cindy... Perfect ! :)

  • Connie K
    Connie K Kennesaw, GA
    on Jan 29, 2014

    What a great find. Geometric designs are really getting hot again and this circle pattern has so much potential. You mentioned painting it in a metallic paint and I think it could be beautiful especially given some of the new metallic mediums and colors. There are some new metallic looks to consider. One that I like looks like both silver and gold. It is sometimes called Champagne but then on some pieces you can tell it is actually a technique using both silver and gold. You aren't limited to one metallic color these days. There are beautiful examples of silver or gold used with bronze. If you can, look at some examples in a furniture store or if that isn't convenient, do a search on "metallic furniture finish" and you find lots of examples, both DIY and furniture manufacturers. Stein World, Pulaski, and Horchow are some of the furniture companies with some beautiful finishes. I'd love to see a photo when its finished.

  • Jim L
    Jim L Columbia, SC
    on Jan 29, 2014

    This is NOT an ugly headboard! It is very nice looking and 1000% better than what you have in there now! Paint it and use a wash to compliment the other colors in the room. The idea of using the old headboard for the back of a bench is pretty good...can you use it on another bed somewhere. It looks like a nice old headboard. If you want to add fabric behind the rings, that would be an interesting look...I think that you found a great buy at the thrift store.

  • Red Wind Studio
    Red Wind Studio Canada
    on Jan 29, 2014

    paint it black and use silver gilding wax on the medallions or do a mutli tone like ASCP coco, graphite and old ochre it would look fabulous and still using some gilding wax

    • Gloria Duy
      Gloria Duy Pontiac, IL
      on Jan 29, 2014

      @Red Wind Studio That is exactly what I thought. Black with silver on the metal would be awesome.

  • Victoria Larsen Stencils
    Victoria Larsen Stencils Los Lunas, NM
    on Jan 29, 2014

    I would use metallic paint to give that beautiful design some sheen. Martha Stewart puts out some really pretty colors. I would use a contrasting metallic on the ornamental pieces connecting the circles. What a lovely piece!

  • Debby Boyle
    Debby Boyle Necedah, WI
    on Jan 29, 2014

    It is an awesome headboard, I would tape off the little metal pieces & paint it. Paint can't do wonders....

  • Sarah Wilcox Davolt
    Sarah Wilcox Davolt Kansas City, MO
    on Jan 29, 2014

    Paint it and add fabric with a lot of batting behind the fabric so it billows (peeks) through the openings.... Easy diy project!

  • Certa Pro Of Southern Rhode Island
    Certa Pro Of Southern Rhode Island Warwick, RI
    on Jan 29, 2014

    Chalk paint is great. It looks wonderful and has afairly easy application. The white gives a very quant cottage feel. If youwere looking for a more advanced DIY, there are a ton of stripping and woodbleaching tutorials online. That would give a weathered and beachy feel, makingthe metal accents a real statement. Good Luck. Jovana Ferra CertaPro Painters of Southern Rhode Island

  • Cheri Dittler
    Cheri Dittler Clayton, GA
    on Jan 29, 2014

    since it is your lake house, I would paint it with chalkpaint..maybe a dark cream, then wind pliable branches and twigs and grape vines throughout the circles, making it look more rustic. cheri dittler

  • Lori Fay Bugher-Dieter
    Lori Fay Bugher-Dieter Delphi, IN
    on Jan 29, 2014

    Weirdness! I have this very same headboard, it's an old Drexel piece, very well made. I painted mine a gloss white and it is beautiful. I'd really like to do something else with it though someday. The medallions come off, you can just take them off to paint.

  • Ellen Collin
    Ellen Collin Sparks, NV
    on Jan 29, 2014

    If you would like to use it a back to a bench in your house or yard, paint it with Rustolem paint and build a box seat with cushions. I try to think out of the box on things like this

  • Liliana Wells
    Liliana Wells Jackson, GA
    on Jan 29, 2014

    If you are going to use this as a headboard, I would paint it white; but remove the ornaments connecting the circles first. After painting, replace them. You can even paint the ornaments a metallic color so they pop out. Please remove the mirrors on eaither side of the bed, they would crowd the wall with the new headboard. I would love to see what you finally decide to do with it. Good luck.

  • Kim Houston
    Kim Houston Waynesboro, MS
    on Jan 29, 2014

    I think it would look great with either a chalk paint/wax finish, or just a good distressing and wax finish. I would also paint the medallions with an antique bronze or other metallic paint. Incorporating a nautical them in the room would look great with that headboard.

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