Frugal Friday – From Headboard to Console


I am re-posting this project I did in January to join the CSI Challenge Yard Sale Makeovers Party!

So if you are a follower and have already seen this post, you are now free to leave!


I would like to preface this post with a dislaimer – (are you impressed yet with my big words?)

I am not a patient person – no really. I’m not. I have things decorating my home that still have

the price tags on because I can’t wait to see how it looks in place. The upside to this is that I

can always check to see what I paid for things. The downside is it is just plain tacky. I can live

with that. So – with that out of the way I will tell you about my latest frugal makeover. I would

like to stress though that I am recommending you do what I say, not what I do.

As some of you know, I have been making progress on my Family Room re-do.

One of the things I did in the re-do was move our entryway table to the family room.

So that left me with nothing in our entryway. (sidenote – above family room is not finished yet!)

I wanted something there and I wanted it fast and cheap (of course!)

so I set out to do some thrift store shopping.

I found this headboard at Goodwill for $15. I was worth maybe $3. But I wanted it yesterday –

and $15 is better than buying a new piece of furniture! I should have offered less at the checkstand,

but guess what? I was in a hurry!

So I loaded it in the car and brought it home.

My husband was less than impressed. He said -“it looks like it is

missing a mattress” I said – oh just you wait! I did some sanding on it, and started painting.

Here is where my haste came in again. I should have sanded it much more,

the paint did not adhere very well

because of the polyurethane finish on the piece. It also might have worked better with spray paint,

but that wasn’t what I had and I wanted to get it done. As you can see it took a few coats!

But I was starting to see my vision come to life! Our entry table is mainly a place to drop off keys

and gloves, mail and catalogs, etc. But it is also the first thing people see when they walk in the door,

so I want it to be cute. I took some pictures of the finished project this morning – but bear in mind that

I have not decided yet how I am going to decorate it. But of course – I was in a hurry to get pictures and

post about it! So I used the decor I had on the old entryway table. I think it turned out adorable,

I am very happy with it – but I do think I will put some different things out on it – maybe some

of the things I took out of my family room. (And I also need to hide the electric cords coming off of it)

I tried it out with some of my canvas bins too – and I think I like it. They would be great for gloves and sunglasses.

I should have named this post Frugal Friday disclaimer – and I do have one last one for you.. I still haven’t

painted the entire back of this piece! Once again – I am not recommending this hasty style of

re-doing things – I am just keeping it real! Thanks for stopping by!

Updating this to show my latest “restyling” of this piece! Go check it out HERE!

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  1. The Frugal Bug
    7 years ago

    Wow! Beautiful job! I love it.

  2. Taylor
    7 years ago

    That is awesome! You da bomb, Sharyl! You da bomb!

  3. Jessy
    7 years ago

    Looks great!

  4. Delores
    7 years ago

    What a great idea. Another way to reuse, repurpose and reinvent. I think the paint turned out great. I can see wicker baskets with labels on the front too on the lower shelf….–Delores

  5. Glenda/MidSouth
    7 years ago

    What a great redo. You did good! :)

  6. Gail
    7 years ago

    What a great idea and it looks awesome as a console table.

  7. Jan
    7 years ago

    I do like it – I was wondering if it was stable enough but it looks like it is wide enough to be pretty stable……..good job and very creative!

  8. admin
    7 years ago

    Jan – actually once I get the back painted, I am going to have Gary screw it into the wall for stability.

  9. jacquelin
    7 years ago

    I like it, it turned out really great! The whole area is very inviting.

  10. Sara
    7 years ago

    WOW! That is awesome. I love your home. You did a fantastic job. I can never think creatively like that.

  11. Lora
    7 years ago

    Very nice!!

  12. jeanne
    7 years ago

    Wow — noone would ever know this is a $15. headboard!!!

  13. Marilyn
    7 years ago

    I really like the fact that this is a narrow piece for your entry way. Most everything else would be taking up space. Hmmm. I have a twin bed headboard like this in the basement. Maybe I should get busy doing something with it!! REALLY, I JUST THOUGHT OF SOMETHING!! It could go in my tiny laundry room that has a baseboard heater…a perfect fit for it under the shelves. THANKS FOR THE INSPIRATION!!

  14. Alyssa~Olde Common Scents
    7 years ago

    What a great idea! I see you’re a Longaberger collector. I have that pitcher in red. :) Some baskets underneath would look great! Great find and do over :) Love it!

  15. Denise
    7 years ago

    wow, girlie…you done good!!

  16. Lindsay
    7 years ago

    Happy SITS sharefest :) I love what you did with that headboard!

  17. Helena
    7 years ago

    wow gorgeous!!! great job!

  18. Amy
    7 years ago

    Great vision.
    I’m hasty too.

  19. SJN
    7 years ago

    Great job! Useful and it’s looks good too!

  20. Linda@Coastal Charm
    7 years ago

    So you are telling me that is a headboard? WOW…what a neat idea…looks outstanding!
    I had a great visit:)


  21. Carol
    7 years ago

    What a great idea! It turned out so nice! I’ve been wanting
    a table to go behind my couch, and I think one of those would
    be perfect! I’m going to be hunting for a headboard at our
    second hand stores now! Thanks for sharing. Stop by and visit
    me sometime! I’m going to follow you!

  22. Linda
    7 years ago

    Wonderful reuse, it looks great! Good idea and I like the black!

  23. Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife
    7 years ago

    This piece looks great.A perfect fit for that space! I can’t believe it was a headboard!

  24. GardenVibe
    7 years ago

    Great Job, Sharyl!! You go girl! You do a fabulous job of taking things and making them both beautiful and functional! Kirsten

  25. Kimba
    7 years ago

    What a great idea! I’ve seen lots of ways make headboards out of other things but not too many using headboards as something different. Love it!

  26. gail
    7 years ago

    fabulous! that’s thinking outside the box. great repurpose!