Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Rescued and Repurposed Bed

This old bed definitely had some serious issues.  I discovered it standing out in a field at a barn sale here in town a few weeks ago and resisted the urge to bring it home.  This is just the sort of thing I'm trying to avoid these days, but the urge was too strong and it was cheap.

The rails were long gone and it needed a real good cleaning after living in a field for
 who knows how long.  

Hmm, the wallpaper on the footboard looks like it might have been a good idea years ago.  I was certain it would peel right off, but no such luck.  I came close to giving up and just using the back side until I tried some Goo Gone; it helped, but it was still a lot of work.

Much better.
Yep, it's upside down in this picture to give it more height.  It does double duty as a magnetic board because it's made out of metal, not wood.
I sprayed it with two coats of matte acrylic sealer, sanded down the center, taped it off, gave it one coat of primer, and three coats of Rust-Oleum chalkboard spray paint.

No part of the bed would go to waste, so.....

I removed the rail supports from the footboard.  The headboard will be a project for another day because I'm still trying to figure out how to get those different style bolts off.

These were the mystery items holding an Easter card in a post from last week.  Two coats of spray sealer keeps the paint from chipping off.

The bolt holes are the perfect size for a button to rest in and hold back a card or picture.

So simple (if you're a rust and chippy paint lover).




41 comments:

  1. Great ideas Betsy! Love the chalkboard sign especially.

    blessings,
    Danielle

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  2. Only you would make something so cute with those bracket thingies!!! And the sign is amazeballs. Inspiring as always, you mad treasure hunter, you!

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  3. Wow!! I'd love to have your brain for even 5 minutes!!!! I'd learn so much!!! I'm amazed at your vision to see beyond what's in front of you!! I love the picture holders, but that you saw that out of brackets just makes me speechless!! Love the sign, too!! Wow!!! :)

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  4. Fabulous! I would have gone back for it, too!

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  5. You are incredible!!! Love the sign.

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  6. Brilliant!

    And I had a good laugh about "resisted the urge to bring it home" since that seems to be my motto and I constantly fail at it. :-)

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  7. Adorable...I love this idea and it inspired me! I have a vintage metal bed frame and I can see a sign for my Sisters on the Fly meetup here at my house this fall! I have not had a clue what to do with it as it is all rails and not that old but I think I should make a huge sign with it. Thanks. Love what you did...as always.

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  8. Wonderful bed and you've put it to such great uses!

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  9. Betsy,
    Once again a fab idea.LOVE it!!!!Looks amazing.
    Anne

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  10. Love the footboard chalk board! Gosh what great ideas you have. Cute photo holders also! Hugs, Linda

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  11. Betsy, this is inspired! That sign is just perfect. Bravo to you for a great upcycle.

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  12. Love it, Betsy!!! Are you bringing this to the show!?! It won't last long!!

    I bought a mani today!!!!! Whoo-hoo!!!!!!!

    xoxo

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  13. sooooooooo clever! love this idea! I am on the hunt now for an old footboard! :)

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  14. You ARE the Queen of Salvage! Glad to finally see where that photo holder came from -- I would not have figured that out in a million years!

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  15. What a great sign it made! I love it when things can be multi-functional. :)
    -Revi

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  16. Looking good! It would make a great welcome sign for friends and family on holidays and special occasions. Hmmm - I think I might have to find one for myself. Thanks for the idea. Lisa

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  17. You are such a genius Betsy! I admire you for upcycling and repurposing each piece of that head board. Nothing ever went to waste, you really rock Betsy!

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  18. you have found an amazing amount of uses from one piece of furniture- you are an upcycling legend!

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  19. Sweet! Love that painted, rusty iron too.

    Nice work!
    xox

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  20. Fab repurposing, Betsy. I don't think most realize just how many things are magnetic, and can be used to create such unique boards.

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  21. Pretty good ideas! That's the most fun...finding things and turning them into something really cool!
    Faye

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  22. Love this great idea!! I think it would be fun to have a sign like that...I'd use it for birthday greetings, etc. Love the inspiration. The photo holders are wonderful too!

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  23. That sign is wonderful and I love the displays...great idea! Had to pin you, girl!

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  24. You are so smart...you can take something and see the potential! I'm always amazed at what you create! I was looking at your profile pic. Is that one of your necklaces that you've made?

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  25. i just love what you've done with the bed parts--esp. the chalkboard!

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  26. love the sign using the foot board from the bed~looks great!!!!

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  27. I just LOVE the chalk board idea!!

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  28. LOVE it!!!! Can I just come hang out with you for a day just so I can see your creative mind at work? :) You are awesome.

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  29. Found you via French Country Cottage. What lovely finds! The headboard is to die for... This weekend I will be working on one from Craigslist. I am using Old White Chalk paint. I have thought about trying to caulk some sort of design on it to add depth and age…not sure if it will work though!

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  30. The chalkboard sign is so great! You have me wondering where I could put one in my house!

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  31. Love the chalkboard sign! Awesome idea. Never in a million years would I have thought of picture holders for the brackets. They would have been plunked in hubby's metal scrap pile. They turned out so cute!

    Have a great weekend!
    Deborah

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  32. There is nooo way I would have left that bed behind either! What a great repurpose for all the pieces so far!! Love it!
    Thanks for sharing with us!
    Elisa
    home sweet nest

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  33. Lovely!
    ...Thank you for sharing your great ideas. Visiting from Feathered Nest Friday :)

    Greetings from Australia♥
    ~Pernilla

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  34. ¡Que maravilla de trabajo! Me encanta todo lo que has hecho, es preciosa esa cama...un beso y ya tienes una seguidora mas...

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  35. I love how you made the sign out of the footboard! I think my store may need a sign like ths outside! Fantastic idea!

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  36. Betsy--I love that the chalkboard is metal, and is a magnet board too! Great repurpose of all the pieces!
    gail

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  37. Thanks for visiting my blog today! I love, love, love this bed! That's one of those treasures you find that gets your heart pumping. Have a blessed week.

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  38. Gorgeous bed. at first I thought it was painted on, too bad, it would have been able to be saved, but I agree the paper was in rough shape, so pretty no matter what. thanks so much for linking up to the party!

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  39. So charming Betsy!! If it had been painted on it would have been so gorgeous to save!! Love how you changed it up- thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

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  40. What a great repurpose! Must share with Blue Velvet Chair readers...we love this stuff!
    Michael

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