Headboard Turned Shelf: Repurposed Headboard

Turn an old headboard into a shelf by repurposing it in just a few easy steps!

You may remember that when I wrote my post about all of the Christmas gifts I had made (and here) this year one of the items was a repurposed headboard turned hook board for Little Finch. Well here it is, just pretend it’s only January and I’m really efficient with getting this posted 🙂 (no actually the truth is I wanted to finish the stencil on that wall before I hung it).

Headboard Turned Shelf: Repurposed Headboard

The stencil on the wall I did with a Cutting Edge Stencil on the top 1/4-1/3 of her wall. The pink I used was the Pottery Barn Benjamin Moore Pink Peony –  I love the color! It’s really light but fresh and girly! At our old house I had done the bottom half of her room in a really light lavender so I decided to switch it up this time. (I love the stenciled look but seriously and honestly because I am not being paid to talk about their product, it was a.pain.in.the.rear. OMG! 7 months later I am yet to finish the stupid thing and I am only doing the top of the wall!! The look is great but the process sucks and is sooo time consuming!)

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I can’t find my before pictures of this headboard – so here it is in a nutshell. I scored it (along with the footboard and bed rails) for free off of Craigslist (woot woot), sawed off the “legs” and bottom board off of the headboard. I used the bottom board to create the shelf and then used the miter saw to cut molding pieces from thrown away wood that I had Lover Boy get out of the garbage bin at one of the new construction houses in our neighborhood. I then caulked my seams and spray painted. I then predrilled holes and attached the glass knobs that I bought at Home Depot. Aside from the spray paint and knobs everything else was either free or we already had on hand!

Here’s the board a little closer up:

Headboard Turned Shelf: Repurposed Headboard

I decorated it with meaningful things to Little Finch as well as things from Lover Boy’s and my childhoods.

I really love the way it turned out. It totally fits her rooms “girlie” theme. Mostly I’m excited because I am proud of myself for making it, and by myself without any help! I really want our kid’s rooms to be filled with special items, and I think this did the trick!

Here is the hook board I made for Laughing Coyote’s room.

What do you think? Are you now on the quest for a headboard to repurpose? 🙂


  1. I used to volunteer at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. I could kick myself for passing up headboards when I see things like this! It’s beautiful.

    1. Oh how neat! I bet they really did have tons of headboards!! Hopefully you will find one soon!! Good luck and thanks for stopping by!! Hope to have you back again! 🙂

  2. Oh Stephanie, this is a truly gorgeous setting. I love that colour, the stencil looks so smart and the headboard turned hook board is beautiful. Everything together is just lovely.

  3. Stephanie it is gorgeous!! I love the wall color the stencil and the headboard shelf all together! Great job. Thanks for sharing with us this week.:)

    1. Hey girl I am featuring your headboard make over at our party tomorrow. I LOVE it! Thanks so much for partying with us!:)

    2. Hey Kadie! Somehow I missed your awesome comment 🙁 Thank you so much for featuring my hook board!!! Ahhh, I’m so excited!!

  4. This is so clever –I would never have come up with this repurpose — pinned! Thanks for linking on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy! Hope to see you again soon – the links are open!

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