You may think it’s weird that I bought a footboard and didn’t buy the headboard. Well, I had a reason, sort of, convoluted though it may be. But first, let me show you what I did with it- a footboard wall hanging with French graphic.
You see, I recently went to a new-to-me thrift store, where they have the shopping carts engineered to NOT fit through the doors. Must be some dastardly shopping cart thieves in that ‘hood. Not sure why the headboard and footboard were priced separately, but I couldn’t carry both pieces to my car and I liked the shape of the footboard better anyway, so I bought the smaller piece.
Here’s what it looked like originally. I love those finials, can’t decide if they look like acorns or beehives. Will have to use those in another project.
I used a square to mark my cut lines.
Richard made the first cut and finally relented and let me make the second cut. I don’t know why he gets nervous about me and power tools- maybe because I can’t operate a glue gun without second degree burns? Nah, that can’t be it.
Actually, I was a little nervous about it myself. I haven’t used a skill saw before, but using a cordless saw was less nerve wracking since it isn’t as loud or powerful. As you can see from this posed picture (Richard was too nervous to take pics while I was possibly dismembering myself), I used safety glasses and ear protection. My cut was a little wobbly, but nothing a little sand paper couldn’t fix.
I removed the piece of wood screwed into the center of the footboard, sanded, primed, then painted with my favorite General Finishes Milk Paint in Snow White. Apparently I forgot to take pictures after the excitement of the big cut.
I transferred the French typography from Graphics Fairy onto the board, sanded it here and there to give a worn look, then sealed with a couple of coats of clear acrylic spray. I added a couple of hooks to the back, tied a satin rope to the hooks, and voila!
What do you think? Should I add some hooks across the bottom to use as a coat or towel rack? Or leave as is? Oh, by the way, I decided to go back to the thrift store to get the headboard, but of course, it was gone.