Sunday, August 24, 2014

Lucky Find: Black Headboard

My bed, which I built myself, lacks a headboard. I've had plans to make one for a while, but they've been filed away while other projects took priority.

Yesterday I was scouting for bathroom vanity options at a secondhand store, and I happened upon a black wrought iron bed frame.  I'm a sucker for wrought iron.  The frame was in decent shape, it was the right size, and most importantly, I could take it apart so that it would fit into my car.  And bonus, it was on sale!  Only $14.

Batman tape was holding some of the pieces together. :)

After purchasing the frame and taking it out to the car, I discovered that I did not have the right tool to take the headboard apart. I needed one of those little star-head wrenches that come with ready-to-assemble furniture.  I had several at home but not one in my car tool bag.  Argh!

Standing in the parking lot, I could feel the sun beating down on me. (Oh, Burning Orb, why must you roast me?!)  I'll do just about anything to get out of the sun, and if that means fitting a queen size canopy bed frame into a compact car, well... I WILL find a way.  I shifted and slid and twisted the headboard until finally it fit!

Well, most of it.  :)  One of the legs was sticking out the rear window.

I'm tall, so I normally have the driver's seat pushed all the way back.  But to fit the headboard in, I had to pull the seats forward.  I now know what it would be like if I had to drive while sitting in a coach airplane seat.  :P  I felt like I was driving one of those tiny circus cars that 40 clowns come out of.  Too bad I couldn't get a photo of me in the car, but even my arms aren't long enough for that kind of selfie. ;)

Thankfully, the drive home was only about 10 minutes (and entirely clown-free).  Car, bed frame and I all made it into the garage safely.

It's not what I'd planned, but I think it will work to fill the vast purple expanse at the head of my bed.

27 comments:

  1. What a steal! I love wrought iron a well.

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    1. Indeed it was! I should go to that particular store more often; their prices are excellent.

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  2. Great find! I'm looking forward to see it against your purple walls!

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    1. Me, too. I hope to get it assembled this weekend. :)

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  3. I'm a sucker for wrought iron too. That price is a steal! Good eye :)

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    1. I just can't resist wrought iron... even if it's cottage white, because I know I can spray paint it.

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  4. That is a lovely looking bedhead, and the batman tape was a nice touch :P They must have known you like bats! My bedhead is wrought iron too. I have another friend who has one a bit like that and she hung mini paper lantern xmas lights through hers!

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    1. They wrapped it up just for me. ;) My first foray into gothy decorating was a wrought iron canopy bed with black fabric draped all around. My current bedroom is probably too small for anything like that, though.

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  5. Lucky you! That is gona look so awesome when its up!

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  6. Fantastic find, fantastic deal! AND fantastic ingenuity! What could be better? :-)

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    1. Ha ha! It's triply fantastic! :D

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  7. The headboard is lovely!! may I ask were you bought the bats stickers? My pumkin needs something similar. :)

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    1. Hmm... I can't remember precisely where I bought them. It would have been either Target or a crafts store (Michael's or Jo-Ann in my area) when they had their Halloween wares out. They're just regular vinyl decals made for walls.

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  8. Gorgeous! What a find! Were there any sinks?

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    1. Yes, they had many sinks. Most of the drop-in style were $10 or less, probably because undermount is what's popular now. You can save a lot of money by not following the trends. :)

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  9. That's going to look awesome against the purple of your walls. Great idea, shopping for home improvement items second-hand!

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    1. I admit I was a little skeptical when I first went to a used building materials store. I thought perhaps everything would be hideous 1970s rejects. ;) But many of the items are surprisingly new. People remodel and redecorate their houses frequently, and it creates a nice stock of stuff to reuse.

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  10. I used to have a headboard like that- it was gunmetal though, and 4 poster. I finally gave it away though because I shocked myself on it constantly. :( Now I have a lovely wooden bed, except that the footboard is at shin height so I bark my shins constantly on it. Why must my furniture torture me so?
    Also I would love to see a picture of the headboard against the purple, I think that will look awesome!

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    1. Hmmm... I hadn't thought about being shocked. It's so dry here in the winter, the static electricity is intense.

      Ah, the shin-banger footboard! My mom has one of those... devious things, they are. ;)

      I'll post photos when I get the headboard up. It has a few scratches, so I decided to touch it up with spray paint before I attach it.

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  11. LOVE the bats on your car!
    I have a black car and have been thinking about a purple kitty :)

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    1. Thank you!
      You can never go wrong with purple on black. ;)

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  12. How did you manage to spray paint the vases? With what did you prime? Does the color hold on them?

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    1. I'm not sure which vases you are referring to, as this post is about a headboard... ? But generally I use Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch spray primer and spray paint. In my experience, they adhere well and are very durable.

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