Thrift Store Headboard & Footboard

I seriously cannot contain my excitement for my latest thrift store find…. Eeee!

On a spur of the moment decision, I stopped by our local thrift store. I scoped out the downstairs and then made my way upstairs (YES, our thrift store does have 2 floors… AND I live in a small town…?!). I had just rounded the corner from the book section and walked right into a whole bunch of brass headboards.

Immediately, my heart started beating overly fast!

You see, I’ve had my heart set on this certain headboard for awhile now. It’s from Pottery Barn (shocker), but the price was waaay out of my budget…

Alternate ViewPottery Barn

But in that huge pile of headboards, was the one… And it just happened to be the ONLY ONE with the matching footboard. And, it was a queen.

You know where I’m going with this, right?

$35 later I floated out of that thrift store on a cloud. It was wonderful.

I continued to float my cloud straight to the hardware store where I picked up 4 cans of oil rubbed bronze spray paint.

Here it was before:

Headboard Before | The Wood Grain Cottage

Headboard Before | The Wood Grain Cottage

And now:

Thrift Store Headboard | The Wood Grain Cottage

You’d never know that it wasn’t from a big store, like Pottery Barn.

Thrift Store Headboard | The Wood Grain Cottage

I tell ya, that spray paint is amazing stuff.

Thrift Store Headboard | The Wood Grain Cottage

I was so excited to show you, that I haven’t even attached it to our bed frame yet, or talked to the hubby about building some extension legs to make the headboard taller.

We’ve got to do a little bed switchero and grab the queen from the guest bedroom and move the full from the master bedroom back to the guest bedroom.

In the mean time it’s just propped up against the wall and bed… obviously I moved it when we went to sleep, but you better believe I put it right back in place the next morning.

And then my heart started beating fast again… You know, because I hadn’t seen it all night. I woke up and it was even prettier than I remembered.


And then I hopped back on my cloud…


P.S.- Now I’m on the hunt for a few new bedding items… πŸ™‚

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      1. What color and brand is the spray paint? I want to paint my brass head and footboard is that flat black? thanks it looks awesome……

  1. It looks great!!!! I used to have one of those but California King in the late 70’s and early 80’s……loved it!! But I agree, what you did to it makes it look real pretty!!! And expensive!! Good job!!

    1. THANK YOU Connie! I”m so glad you like it…. and how cool that you used to have one! πŸ™‚

    1. THANK YOU Linda! I’m still a little in shock about how much it really does look like the PB version. πŸ™‚

  2. Wow…thrift store find of the year! I seriously can’t even believe that price! I have one (very similar to the PB one) that belonged to my Grandma (and her mom before her)! This will turn into a family heirloom! πŸ™‚

    1. THANK YOU April… I am still so surprised to have found this! Seriously. You’re probably right too! I can’t see myself getting rid of it for a loooong time πŸ™‚

  3. OK Shayna! I need to go to your thrift store and have you pick something up for me because you always find the bests things and transform them beautifully! This is so beautiful, I love how you transform this headboard and it looks so much like the one from Pottery Barn but yours it’s prettier ! πŸ™‚

  4. Great score!!! Sometimes you just gotta trust that little voice that says, ‘you can take 5 minutes to check out this store’…it has never let me down. Your bed is stunning with it’s new paint job!!

  5. Shayna, I LOVE what you did with that brass bed! I have a white iron bed and we have been thinking about painting it black for our youngest son’s room. Your project has given me the inspiration and motivation I needed. Thanks !

    1. THANK YOU Terri! I’m so glad you like it- and that it gave you that extra little punch of inspiration and motivation! I bet it will turn out fantastic! πŸ™‚

  6. ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS !!!! I’m in my mid-60’s and I’ve always loved repurposing furniture. Buying new just isn’t my thing and of course, the money savings is always so enticing !!! My hubby and I started our marriage 42 years ago with hand-me-down furniture and through the years we’ve furnished our home with garage sale, estate sale and thrift store finds !!! You are truly an inspiration to all !! Keep up the good work.

      1. Hubby and I have always preferred “character and interest” in our home furnishings rather than have the place look like a department store layout !!! Anyway, it’s more fun to repurpose. I’ve been sitting here planning our track of garage sales for this weekend !! We’re always looking for something fun. We’ve even help furnish our children’s homes with garage sale finds. I applaud you for all your great ideas and hard work. It’s easy to just run into a store and buy something new but it takes a great imagination to see how things can be repurposed. I truly admire your talents.

  7. I can’t believe I haven’t found your blog until now! LOVE this makeover!! Did you prime before spraypainting? How did the paint take to the lacquered brass??? I’m kicking myself for getting rid of a bedframe like this, never thought paint would stick to that brass…

    New follower! (thru bloglovin)

    1. THANK YOU Anne! I am so glad you found me and I’m happy to have you as a new follower! πŸ™‚
      The spray paint that I used had the primer included. The paint took to the brass beautifully and everything still looks fabulous!
      LOVE it!

  8. I absolutely ADORE your little home. You have a great eye for decor and I am so happy that you were able to “score” the house with your letter to the owner. I am sure the old owners were touched to know how much you loved it. I always think that if you LOVE your house, it will LOVE you back! Good luck with it and your little family!!

  9. Was just wondering if there are any tricks or special advice you would give about doing this I have a brass headboard and footboard just like this and want mine to look like yours πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Katrie! You’re so lucky to have this headboard and footboard! I just love it! Honestly, mine has held up wonderfully! If I were to do one thing differently, it would be to spray it with a light clear top coat once the spray paint dried. I would also let it “cure” for a few days in the garage before bringing it inside and using it. Mine suffered a few small scratches at first, but since then, I think the paint has hardened. I hope that helps! πŸ˜€

  10. Hi! I’m thinking of doing this and wondering how yours has held up? I’m worried about scratches. Thanks!!

    1. Ours has held up wonderfully! No scratches, other than when I first put it in our bedroom. Even those are minor, but if I were to do it again (which I totally would), I would wait at least a week after it’s sprayed before moving it in. I hope that helps! πŸ™‚

  11. What spray paint did you use? I have similar bed frame that I want to do the same thing to it’s brass as well with white and I’m trying to modernize it. I’ll post pic after it’s finished.

  12. I have that exact same bed frame. I bought it in the early 1980’s and have wanted to do something like this. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Hi Shayna!
    I just found your blog today and I’m LOVING it! I’m hooked!
    I found it because I was looking to see what other people have done with painting brass beds. The bed I have found is almost exactly like yours! I’m wondering…did you ever add extensions to the headboard to raise it up higher? If so, would you mind sharing what you did? I was thinking metal conduit pipe pieces to add to it, but we can’t come up with a good idea for attaching leg extensions…Please help!

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