Easy headboard redo

So here was the girly $15 headboard I found a few weeks ago in all its glory straight from the thrift shop. I loved the detail on it and just couldn’t pass it up. The challenge was to make it work for one of my boys.



Some sanding, some filling, some sanding, some cutting, some sanding, some spray painting, some delays due to very windy conditions, and here it is now.



It turned out just as I had envisioned and wasn’t difficult to do at all. Actually, it was probably one of the easiest projects I’ve ever done. It took longer than I anticipated only because we had a few very windy days here. I knew with all of those spindles that spray paint was the best way to go to achieve a smooth brushless finish so I was at the mercy of Mother Nature.

Here’s the lowdown on what I did:

Step 1: Wiped away all the debris and gunk that was on the headboard with a damp rag.

Step 2: Sanded any uneven areas, wiped away dust, filled any cracks, holes, or uneven places with wood filler (not putty).

Step 3: Cut the top finial off of each side using a hand saw.

Step 4: Sanded the tops of the newly square posts with an electric sander and 80-grit sandpaper. It was pretty uneven in some spots, hence the hardcore paper.

Step 5: Applied wood filler to the tops of the square posts to even out the surface.

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Bye-bye girly vibe

Step 6: Sanded the tops of the square posts by hand using 120-grit sandpaper.

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Pre-sanded wood filller

Step 7: Sanded, filled with wood filler, and sanded again the bottoms of the finials that were removed until the surface was even and flat.

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These brushes always come in handy.

Step 8: Cut two 1-inch segments off of the handle of a foam brush to create  two wooden dowels.

Step 9: Drilled a hole in the bottom of each headboard post and in the bottom of each finial the same diameter as the dowel and about 1/2 inch deep. It wasn’t perfect, but it didn’t have to be.photo (90)

Step 10: Squirted wood glue into the headboard post and inserted the dowel. Repeated this with the finial hole and attached it to the post. Let it dry 1 day before filling any gaps with wood filler and then sanding gently with 120-grit paper once it was completely dry.

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No need to wait for the glue to dry before attaching the finial.

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I used one can of primer, 2 cans of paint, and 1 can of topcoat sealer. All were Rustoleum American Accents, which is the best stuff I have found for providing a smooth, seamless finish.

Best spray paint ever

Best spray paint ever

Finished product

Finished product

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