Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Chair Back Headboard and Giveaway!

I had some pressed-back oak chairs sitting around in my workshop forever!!  Someone gave them to me for free back when I’d never turn down free.  (I’ve learned to be a little more discriminating in what I’ll take up valuable workshop space with.)  They weren’t in good shape to begin with.  The wood on the seats was split, and grew more so over months of sitting in the workshop.  The legs had been chewed by a dog.  Overall, completely yucky!  But I have such a hard time throwing things away!  I kept thinking “The backs are so pretty!  I’m sure I could think of something to do with them.”
I’m not sure what happened to my before picture, since I took it SO long ago, but they were these kind of pressed-back chairs that you see everywhere, but in much worse shape.
I had the idea to turn the chair backs into a headboard, and as it turned out, three chair backs put side-by-side was JUST the right width for a queen size bed!  It was meant to be!
I lined them up and attached them together with some scrap wood that I cut to size.
Then primed them with some cheapo black spray primer.
I then spray painted them with my favorite silver metallic spray paint, Rustoleum Bright Coat Chrome, and added a black glaze to antique it and make it look like pewter:
How I wish I had a queen size bed in my house so I could stage it up all nice for you guys!  (sigh…)  You’ll just have to use your imagination.  ;)
I’m just glad I could salvage some part of these chairs and repurpose them into something cute and unexpected.  It makes me happy.
I’m really getting discouraged with the sales and marketing aspect of furniture upcycling lately, so I guess the forced break for birth and newborn days is coming at an opportune time.  (Baby is scheduled for induction two weeks from tomorrow!!!)
Since I don’t want to sell this headboard, and I have no use for it here since there’s not a queen bed to be seen, how about a giveaway?!?!?!  (I’m not able to ship this, so unfortunately this giveaway is only for locals, within pick-up proximity to Prescott Valley, AZ.  Please pass the word along to any Arizonans you know who might be interested as well!)
Here’s what you need to do:
1.  Be a public, Google Follower of this blog.  (If you’re not already, you can go ahead and click follow over to the right on the sidebar.)
2.  “Like” us on the Twice Lovely Facebook fan page.
3.  Leave a comment that you’ve done both of the above.
For an extra entry, stop by Cara an my new(ish) Etsy shop, Garden Laundry (a place for soft, vintage bedding and linens) and comment back here about your favorite item we have listed, OR something you wish we had in the shop.  :)
I will draw and announce a winner on Monday, July 25th.
I have a fantastic giveaway coming up next week as well, so stick around.  ;)


  1. Oh my stars... this would be PERFECT in our guest room! I'd be over the MOON happy to win it!!

  2. P.S. I follow your blog, and 'liked' your Facebook page ages ago.
    P.P.S. I still can't believe you're giving this away. It's amazing!

  3. Beautiful! The headboard and your pregnant belly!


  4. I love this idea! I do have a couple of queen sized beds but don't happen to live in Arizona...sigh. Someone will be very lucky!

  5. awwww, sweet little belly! I've got about 5 more weeks!!!

  6. What a splendid idea! The chairs turned into a delightful headboard! Someone will be very blessed indeed.


  7. Lovely portrait of you! The chairback headboard is stunning!

  8. I'm sad I don't live close enough to try for your headboard. That is the sweetest portrait!

  9. What an awesome giveaway, too bad I don't live in AZ :(

  10. Would love to win this headboard and my in-laws happen to live part-time in Prescott so they could pick it up for me. Yay! I liked you on facebook and became a google follower. Best of luck with the new baby!

  11. (For my extra entry) My favorite Garden Laundry item is the Handmade Blue and Chartreuse Floral Quilt. Love the colors!

  12. You look adorable!!!! cool headboard, too!

  13. What a wonderful clever idea!! Many blessing for you and y our baby!

  14. Hi there, what a lovely & generous giveaway you had. I have this solid oak dining room set, it was my grandmother's. I recently got it back from lending it to my mother. Now I'm deciding what to do with it. The chairs still sell between $140 - $180 :) I think the chair you're sitting on in the Beautiful pregnancy photo matches my antique dining set. Does your table have pull out leaves at both ends that pop up & slide into place? I really like the painted version of the chair :)

  15. The padding is worn down, the adjustments are not as functional as they used to be, your base is scratched, or maybe your chair is even flat-out broken.

  16. You guys out there are performing a great job.

  17. If purchasing a used chair is too much of a risk for you, there are also plenty of brand new chairs on sale that may fall into your price range. Many internet retailers run specials on chairs on a weekly basis with great savings to incur, so be on the look out for bargains if shopping online.Laywayback


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