Headboard Repurposed Into a Coat Rack

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About: I enjoy repurposing and restoring old furniture and making woodwork projects that are not seen every day. I make most of my projects using wood that is either, recycled,reclaimed and love to repurpose and re...

Intro: Headboard Repurposed Into a Coat Rack

Turning a headboard into a bench is one of the most popular ways to repurpose an old headboard. I had this one sitting in my shed for years and when a friend asked if I could make her a hat rack I thought this one would be perfect.

Step 1: Find an Old Headboard

This headboard was not very heavy because the panels in the centre were a thin plywood and the legs would be removed. I was going to cut them off but I found that they were already loose so a few taps with a hammer and the legs popped off.

Step 2: Sand the Middle Panels

Because I needed to sand the inside panels to get rid of all the old varnish I found it was easier to take the whole headboard apart. It was all just slotted together so It would be easy enough to put back together.

Step 3: Distress Wood to Hide Damage

I sanded down all the wood and notice that it had quite a few dents in the wood, to hide the dents I distress the wood further to blend in the dents. It was at this stage I thought the headboard might still be a bit big.

Step 4: Shorten Headboard

Because it was all ready apart it was easy to cut about 10cm of each of the panels as well as the frame.

Step 5: Prime Ready for Painting

I had planed all along to make the middle panels chalkboards that you could write messages on. Once they were all sanded down I added a coat a white primer and left it to dry. I used chalkboard spray paint and added 2 coats as per instructions on the can.

Step 6: Protect Wood From Overspray

The wood was stain a dark mahogany and given 2 coats of clear polyurethane. I glued the headboard back together and used ratchet straps to hold it all tight while the glue dried. I wanted to add a bit of detail to the wood. I covered all the boards to protect them from any overspray.

Step 7: Stencil Detail

I used a stencil and some copper spray paint to add a design to the top. This took a while because it was a single stencil and I had to wait for the one to dry before I started the next.

Step 8: Add Hooks and Name Tags

I added some hat and coat hooks to the board and some copper name tag holders for added decoration. And cut a small piece of wood to add to the middle for the chalk to rest on.

Step 9: Rack Complete

And that was my repurpose complete. A more detailed step by step is available on my website http://uniquecreationsbyanita.com/old-headboard-repurposed-into-a-chalkboard-hat-coat-rack/ another project you might like How to make a Chaise Lounge from recycled materials

Materials needed for this project

  • Jigsaw or table saw
  • white primer paint
  • chalkboard spray paint
  • paint roller
  • coat and hat hooks
  • stencil
  • copper spray paint
  • mahogany stain
  • satin clear polyurethane
  • orbital sander

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    SusanS337

    Question 8 days ago

    I am curious what size the headboard is (dimensions or twin, double)? Also, I am wondering what your experience is with the chalkboard paint using spray on vs. paint on (is one better than the other; easier to use)? Thanks and great repurpose!

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    Kink Jarfold

    9 days ago on Step 9

    This, Anita, is one of my favorite things you've done. You people from Down Under are really on the ball! KJ

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