Friday, April 20, 2012

Okay, I dragged it home. Now what?

I was at a yard sale over the weekend and spotted this headboard and footboard and my eyeballs bugged right out of my skull. To me it is glorious in all its chippy goodness. And the colors! Annie Sloan would weep. So it got stuffed into my car along with a couple tables and I went home triumphant.

Mr. Bad, upon seeing the headboard, said: "Well, you'll have your work cut out for you repainting this."
Say what?
So I explained (again) about chippy perfection and he said: "So what are you going to do with it?"
THAT is the $20,000 question. What am I going to do with it? 
The house is full. We have large rooms but no wall space. In the great room we have windows on one wall, built-in bookcases on another and the wood stove with lots of brick on the third.
So I dragged the headboard around the house thinking 'There? No. Hmmm. There? Yikes, no.' 
That thing is HEAVY!
I could put it above the bed where a Pendelton blanket now hangs. (And has been for 15 years.)

 Uhhhh. No. Not even.
(Does anyone else do a Photoshop mock-up when it's too hard to just try out an idea?)

(The good news is I found a wonderful old French tapestry to put on that wall. Mr. Bad is thrilled. I can't even tell you how thrilled he is. Building a new frame, spackling the old holes, trying to match the paint. Blah blah, you know the drill. He's trying to rebuild an engine and I keep distracting him with my little projects. I'll post a picture when we get it hung.)

 Back to the bed, turned sideways it might make a great divider.

 Too much work. I need a third piece and I don't want to cut the legs off. So, no.

I should have been painting but instead I was dragging this heavy chunk of wood around the house. Mr. Bad was out of town so I had time to figure this out without distraction from him. He reminds me I have Doctor's orders to not move heavy furniture. So I change things when he's on the road and he gets to be surprised when he gets home. It's how we roll.

But, truly, I am super careful when moving furniture. I respect my doctor and follow his orders. I have a hand truck, a dolly and an understanding of the laws of physics. And if the piece is ginormous I leave it alone. No need to get silly and snap some bones.

So, next, I put the pieces behind the sectional. Nope. The back of the headboard is too unsightly.

Finally I tried the headboard on my brick bench - behind my Mora clock to see if that worked.

Well, okay! I can live with this a while. The foot board is fine behind the sectional so that's where it will live .... for now.

Huh. Guess I was tired after a day of dragging heavy chunks of wood around the house. I didn't realize that this picture was blurry. Let's just call it soft focus and pretend I did it on purpose.

And now it's back to painting!
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  1. What a lovely Bed!!! I have been looking for a bed on CL, but I haven't found one That I liked. I hope I can find one when I go to yardsales this year. Great find! I am your newest follower. I hope you can visit me sometime too :)

  2. Oh she's a beauty! What about affixing hooks on it and hanging it in the bathroom for towels, or an entryway for coats?

  3. :0) It looks very cool! It's really uncanny how you've practically explained my house to a T! That picture of the headboard in it's current location looks like my family room. Was your house built in the late 70's?

    I also keep interrupting my hubby's current tractor tire project with my little wants and needs too. Sometimes I have to wait, sometimes I won't.

  4. I once had a bed similar to that one. I took the side rails & cut them down to about 18" long, attaching them so the Head & foot boards were both facing me. Then I made a flower box to sit within the two,raising it up so you could see the plants & the flowers cascading down over the sides. That would be beautiful in front of a big window. Whatever you do with it I'm sure will be wonderful. Good Luck! Dee from My Painted Stuff.

  5. I love this bed! I think they look great where they are but am sure you will soon find the PERFECT spot for them!
    Thanks for sharing!
    home sweet nest

  6. Hi Daena, found this great bed at BNOTP, LOVE it, could you possibly make a bench out of it? It's such a wonderful piece. I'd love for you to come link up at Vintage Inspiration Friday, I post Thursday, mid-day. Hope to see you then.

  7. What a wonderful piece you scored on! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  8. That is gorgeous, Daena! I do the same thing as you, once hubby is out of town, I plan my projects that I know will get "input" from him and I don't need him following me around or looking over my shoulder. That would make a great bench. I wouldn't paint it either and I'm sure my eyes would have bugged out on seeing it, too!

    visiting from Met Monday : )

  9. love that piece ~ gorgeous! xoxo, tracie

  10. Cool piece. Maybe think of using it with hooks across the bottom and hung on a wall in a bath or mudroom for towel or coat storage. Or cut the footboard in half and use each as a side and make a bench out of it.

  11. I am absolutely green with envy! I love headboards, but my husband does not understand the no-mattress part. I followed over from The Gunny Sack - I'm a newbie and I am amazed by the creations of people! By the way, I love your writer's voice.

    (your newest Google follower)

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  12. You're right to not paint it! It's lovely just as it is. :)

  13. Oh my gosh that bed is gorgeous - she doesn't need a thing done to her!

  14. To-die-for. I want it! Fun post....thanks for sharing.

  15. Oh such a gorgeous bed, I so would like to have it. I think I would leave the bed alone, it is so pretty, don't change a thing! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Par.tay!

  16. It is chippy perfection! They look great where they are. Too small to use on your bed? They would be dreamy with a French tapestry and your bedding. In my mind anyway ;)

  17. Oh the headboard and footboard are absolutely glorious. I love them. Looks great where you have them. I would have bought them too. Great find. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty