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Rustic Headboard Make-over – Desperate Master Bedroom Update

Give your master bedroom a much needed focal point by saving a rustic headboard thrift store find! 

rustic headboard

Have you ever noticed that the master bedroom is the LAST room in the house to have anything done to it, or is that just in my house? We’ve made over two girls rooms – one Paris room and one zebra print – and a little guys room, and yet, in the six years we’ve lived in this house, we haven’t touched our bedroom. It’s so sad! But, today, we are finally working on a room for us!

rustic headboard-before
Worst. Photo. Ever.

Once we’d decided, there was no turning back. First to go – our gigantic bed. When it sold we were so excited because we hadn’t really realized how claustrophobic we’d both been feeling. That happens when you have to climb out the window to get out of your room because the bed blocks the door!

Well, we were excited for a short while anyway.. because after we sold the bed, we were left with a king size mattress, no headboard, and the uber ugly legs of our new metal bed frame. We needed a bed skirt, which I threw together, but more than that, we really, really needed a headboard. Like, really. At least until after I’d searched every thrift and furniture store within a 25-mile radius I just happened to come across this. You know, while casually looking.

rustic headboard - at store
I found this bad boy at the Salvation Army. It’s nearly unheard of for me to find a king size bed at a thrift store – not that it never happens, but it’s rare in my experience, especially in decent shape. But there it was! A complete frame, with headboard, footboard and rails. Not the original rails.. but rails none the less. It was entirely the wrong finish – much, much, MUCH too golden oak-ey – and one of the posts on the headboard needed some repair work, but it was hardwood, and the first thing I’d seen that would work stature wise, that was within our budget. Our bedside tables and the armoire we kept from our original suite are quite large, so the headboard or bed frame had to be large enough to hold it’s own.
rustic headboard - sanded
We brought it home, and got right to work. It had a few nicks, but we decided to largely leave the finish as-was – we were going for a bit of weathered look anyway. We did have to repair that broken post foot though, and in some ways, had to undo the poor repair work that the previous owner had attempted. Luckily, Shay is a genius at that kind of thing.  A piece of quarter-round, although not a perfect match, would work nicely as fill-in for the missing trim.

rustic headboard - broken foot
Much better photo. Badly broken foot post.

Someone had tried to repair the trim work in the past and had simply attached a piece of wood with little concern for aesthetics. We thought of removing it, but doing this was going to cause more harm than good – it was well glued.

Instead, we decided to add to it. To begin, Shay used a small handsaw to cut the corner edge of the repaired piece back a half an inch at the corner on either side of the post foot. This would allow him to create two bridge pieces that would blend the original molding with the quarter round.

rustic headboard - repairing the trim
He cut two small pieces – one end with a 90-degree angle to butt up against the original molding, and a 45-degree angle to meet at the corner. He used glue and nails to attach. Then, he cut a longer piece, with 45-degree angles at both ends, to fill the gap. Once in place, we filled any remaining seams with wood filler and we were good to go! As you can see, it’s not an exact match, but at a glance, which is all the post would get anyway, it’s more than passable.

rustic headboard - showing repair

We gave the entire headboard and footboard a thorough sanding with 300 sandpaper and followed that up with super fine steel wool. After a final clean, we used a de-glosser to remove any residue and the poly from the original finish. Then we were ready to stain – which is what I am doing right here. Don’t I look lovely? Those are my oldest yoga pants, and I wore them especially for you! And.. those socks I’m using to apply the stain are Shay’s.. but we won’t talk about that.

rustic headboard - restaining
I actually used two different colors to stain, which gave the finish more of the depth of color I was looking for. I used Minwax Jacobean and applied a second coat of Minwax Ebony. I then applied four coats of Minwax Wipe-On Poly – as an aside, can I just say I LOVED using this product? It was so easy! I had no issues with bubbling and it just went on so smoothly. I don’t think I’ll ever use a brush applied poly product again. Loved it!

wipe on poly

Early on we realized that the footboard would not be going upstairs, at least with our current dresser. We are, however, holding out hope that we’ll be able to find a replacement for the dresser or replace it all together with a more organized closet system. We’ll see. After allowing everything to dry for 4-5 days – despite what it looks like in these pictures, it kept snowing off and on and it was drying in our garage – we were ready to take the beast upstairs.

We are lucky enough to have two staircases in our home, but not lucky enough that either staircase is an easy climb or appropriately positioned to accommodate large, heavy objects. This headboard weighs about 120 lbs, give or take a few, and it’s 78″ wide. It’s truly a beast. And, I’m weak. So, we determined that I should be at the top of the headboard, as there was no way I was going to be able to bring up the rear. Shay was at the bottom of the stairs trying to hold the headboard up as high as possible so that I could drag it up from stair to stair, which had him pretty much pinned against the wall until I was about halfway up. At one point I explained that if the headboard slipped, I would not be able to save him and that I wanted him to know that I loved him immeasurably, just in case he was to die that day. I had visions of losing my grip, the giant headboard barrelling down the stairs and pinning Shay. Luckily, we managed to wrestle it upstairs and everyone survived to refinish again. Here it is, in all it’s glory.
rustic headboard - after
I believe that knocks something off our list! With the headboard having been found, this is what we have left to do to take our master bedroom from desperate to dazzling:

  • bed skirt
  • headboard or new frame
  • refinish the large dresser or replace
  • throw pillows
  • make-over lamps and new shades
  • floating shelves on a large open wall
  • accent rug
  • window treatments
  • two matching ottomans for either side of the dresser
  • wall art

It’s one small step for the bed, one giant step for the Master Bedroom! Now, it’s onwards and upwards. Next up, our lamp make-over! Stay tuned!

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Our Christmas House Tour

Take a Christmas House Tour of our home decorated for the season in traditional colors. Lots of vintage items and ideas to make your home cozy for the holidays

christmas house

WOW, I’m so overwhelmed by the response on my last post and want to thank you all for your support and words of encouragement. We are so blessed to have every one of you in our lives! Thank you so very much for forwarding my post on and sharing my message, and for taking the time to read it  – it was very personal, and I wasn’t sure how it would be received – what else can I say except..  your cookies are all in the mail!


While you’re munching on those cookies – the 2 or 3 cookies out of a dozen that I haven’t eaten, why don’t you come along with me on a little tour of the digs.. the Christmas digs that is.. Ready? Okay, let’s go!


We have big plans for the foyer that will make traditional Christmas decorating a thing of the past, but for now, it’s all about the reds, golds and greens!

The fun starts when you come through the front door – like everything I do; I can’t just do it small, it has to be huge. I swear there was a time when I knew less was more, but I’ve decided that is a dumb rule that only applies to makeup and accessories. When it comes to decorating with a theme, for me, more is more!

christmas house - foyer nutcracker
christmas house - foyer full

christmas house - foyer vignette


Our office/Playroom/Other room-we-call-the-front-room built-ins received a minor makeover with fun deco mesh wreath and beaded garland.

christmas house - office builtins

A strip of tulle mesh attached at the top and bottom of the shelving, along with paperclips, creates an easy and fun way to display our cards.

christmas house - office builtins-wreath


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Our great room is of course, where most of the action takes place. We stick entirely to artificial greenery, as Ayden has a small problem with eating leaves. Although I do realize most evergreens are edible, it’s something we try not to encourage. Ahem. That little fluff ball over there in the corner is our killer watchdog. See how on guard he is at every moment?

christmas house - living room

Our tree is a family tree – There aren’t any ribbons or garlands because save for the lights and the angel on top, the tree is decorated entirely by my children. Hence the reason there are 30 ornaments in a 6″ radius at different heights – the height of each child – and none at the top.. they also prefer the left side to the right. You’ll find no ornaments on the back-side either.

christmas house - living room tree

I figure there will come a day when they A) don’t live with me any longer or B) may not want to help decorate the tree – I’m taking advantage of it while I can.

christmas house - living room tree back

Most of our ornaments are either handmade by the children from throughout the years. They have the whole job done in 5 minutes flat. As I try hard not to move the ornaments around, I remember that I’ve got the rest of the house to descend put my personal touch upon.

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This pretty angel was my grandmother’s while my mother was growing up. When I received her we made a small electrical upgrade – we try to avoid things like fires and the house burning down at this time of year! I have no idea how old she is but she’s very loved for all of her quirkiness.

It never ceases to give me the giggles seeing that many stockings on our mantel.

christmas house - living room stockings

A fun tray filled with Christmas goodies adorns the coffee table.. at least until Ayden starts to play with it. The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn is an excellent read for older children. My mother always used to tell me you should never stop believing because you never really know what is real and what isn’t.. this book is a great testament to that. We’ll be giving it a read this year.


C’mon, let’s wander into the kitchen and grab a few more cookies! Our table is home to another heirloom piece – a tree skirt sewn by Shay’s grandmother. A simple centerpiece of pine cones, holly berries, and Christmas balls fills the center perfectly.

I love the rustic look that is so popular this year and tried to incorporate it wherever I could. Most of what I have did not fit that description so, I had to improvise.. or buy all new Christmas decorations. Shay, I opted for improvising and buying only a few things.

christmas house - kitchen shelves

Noel, Leaping Deer, Oh Deer, Glitter Deer

Using free printables and a natural, glittered garland, I was able to pull more of the theme in inexpensively, while still using many of our favorite objects. I added small, inexpensive, stand-alone gold ornaments, such as the Christmas trees and the deer to bring in some glitz.

You can never go wrong with a bowl of ornaments. Nutcrackers are a massive hit in our house, in case you didn’t notice!

The all-important countdown to Christmas is on our refrigerator. The middle-tile changes with the season or event – you can check out how to make it here.

Only nine more sleeps, boys and girls.. and just one room that I didn’t show you – my master bedroom! I’ll save that baby for tomorrow! Thanks for taking a little holiday tour with me.. may your days be merry and bright.. and may all your Christmas shopping.. be done and wrapped.

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Autumn Wreath

Welcome to Fall Wreath – An Easy Fabric Wreath

Create a welcoming entrance by making this lovely Autumn Wreath with fabric, burlap, and acorn embellishments. A fun Autumn project! 
Autumn Wreath

Hi there! I’m dropping by with a fun, simple fabric Autumn wreath! Nothing says “Welcome Fall” more than a welcoming entrance – what better way to create a welcoming entrance than with a cute Autumn wreath all decked out for the season?

Although most of my home is ready for fall, my front entrance is falling more than a bit behind. Fall is here! It’s time for my front door to show it! At least according to the acorns, we found the other day and all of the comfort food I’ve been consuming as of late. We won’t talk about that.

Acorn Wreath Crafts

My Autumn Wreath Research

To begin, I did some scouting on Pinterest and came up with a few ideas. Some of my favorites were this wood and burlap wreath at findinghomeonline.com and this unique and straightforward apple wreath. My absolute favorite was a cardstock wreath made by Alice Carmon at Bella Blvd.

wood and burlap fall wreath


apples wreath



As much as I loved the paper version, doing an Autumn wreath for my front door using paper for the leaves was probably not going to work out – at least not for more than a day or so! So, I borrowed some of the elements from the Paper wreath and decided to do something similar in fabric. Here’s what I did:

How to Make an Autumn Wreath for Your Door


Autumn Wreath Fabric
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What You Need

What you Do

Prep Your Fabric

1.Coat the pieces of fabric with a thin layer of mod podge, using a paint brush, and allow it to dry. To speed up the drying process, if it’s nice outside, consider laying the fabric pieces out to dry in the sun, in a place they will not adhere to the surface or hang them to dry.

Autumn Wreath - Fabric stiffening

Cut Out Your Leaves

2. Once dry, create and cut a leaf template out of scrap paper. Trace the leaf onto the fabric pieces and cut out the leaf shapes. I was able to get about 15-20 leaves out of each fat quarter piece.

Autumn Wreath - burlap wrap

Add Burlap Ribbon

3. Wrap the burlap around the wreath form tightly, gluing along the back, overlapping each wrap. Ensure no gaps are showing and completely cover the form, gluing the end to secure when you’ve gone all the way around.

Autumn Wreath - Attach fabric leaves

Attach the Leaves

4. Begin to glue the leaves to the wreath attaching the leaves to the burlap, starting with the bottom of the front of the leaf first, then folding over the raw edge, working from the outside in. Be sure to alternate the fabric patterns.

5. Continue around the wreath form, adding the second row approximately a half inch in front of the first row, and the third row about a half inch in front of the second.

Autumn Wreath - Hang on Door

6. Turn the wreath over and gently glue any leaves that are not cooperating and staying in line – if only that worked with kids! Ha!

Autumn Wreath - Attach acorns

Add Embellishments

7. Create a bow out of a long strip of wired burlap ribbon. The nice thing about this stuff is that it’s stiff and a bit sticky, which helps to hold the form of the bow nicely. Create a second bow out of a long piece of jute, attaching acorns to the ends with glue and knotting over the stems. Attach the entire bow to the burlap bow, completing the look with a small button embellishment.

Autumn Wreath - Add Welcome

8. First, paint the “Welcome” letters with red paint.

9. Then, thread beads onto a piece of floral wire, then glue the painted letters to the wire, between the beads. Finally, thread the floral wire through the burlap on either end and, spiral the wire on the ends to hold it place.

10. Hang and enjoy!

diy fall wreaths
how to make fall wreaths for front door

And.. That’s all folks – it’s complete! Due to having my new Autumn wreath on display, my front entrance feels festive, and well on the way to saying.. “hello, fall! I’m here!”

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