Who else has almost thrown their neck out while driving along in the car and you suddenly spot something dumped on the side of the road? Something that has potential with a little scrub behind the ears and maybe a coat of paint. This sure happened when I came across this old bed head! So for this month’s Creative Blog Hop which is all about Wall Decor, I thought I’d share How to Use an Old Farmhouse Bedhead as Wall Art.
How to Use an Old Bedhead as Wall Art
There’s just something so fun about breathing life back into old things. They can become alive with a simple lick of paint and some of your creativeness. The possibilities sure are endless and are much nicer than seeing things end up as landfill!
- Old bedhead – You can also find them at your local thrift store if you don’t have any luck finding one on the side of the road.
- Fusion Mineral Paint – TSP
- Sweet Pickins Milk Paint – Oh Olive
- Sweet Pickins Milk Paint – Extra Bond
- Paint Brush
- 120 grit Sandpaper
- Sweet Pickins Milk Paint – Dark Oil Wax
- Sweet Pickins Milk Paint – Grit
- Lint Free Cloths
Before we can add your new found treasure as a beautiful piece of wall art around your home we need to do a little bit of jazzing up!
Shall we get started?
Step 1 – Remove any unnecessary hardware from your bedhead. Mix your milk paint powder with warm water, equal parts, and then about half of your extra bond in a container and let sit while you clean down your bed head. I used TSP and let dry. Mix your paint again gently before you start.
Step 2– If your bed head has a slight shine to it give it a light sand. In this case, I didn’t because I really wanted to get a nice chippy look. Apply 3 coats of paint letting each dry in between. Once dry use your sandpaper to distress to your liking.
Step 3 – Using an old paint brush apply a coat of Dark Oil Wax. Let sit for about 20 minutes. Using a lint-free cloth lightly remove the oil wax. You want the oil to be still a little tacky.
Step 4 – Apply a generous amount of Grit using a brush ensuring you get into all of the nooks and crannies. The best way I found was to pop some dust out onto an old plate and then apply.
Step 5 – Using a lint-free cloth buff away removing any excess grit until you get the desired effect.
Now that you have done all the hard work of getting your bedhead all pretty again. It’s time to put her somewhere special. We had a spot in our entryway which was craving a little something and she just parked herself in there and there she shall stay. No holes in the walls needed! (Hubbies very happy)
If you come across a bedhead that doesn’t have flat feet, adding some wooden balustrades from your local hardware or salvage yards will surely do the trick!
Be sure to check out below the other DIY Wall Art Projects from my Creative Blog Hop Pals below!
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Katrin | Kreativ K
Amanda | Life On The Bay Bush Blog
Toni | Small Home Soul
Sam | Raggedy Bits
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It looks awesome Sam! I just drove by one the other day, seriously, and I didn’t pick it up because I just didn’t know what to do with it and didn’t want to fill my storage room any more… arg, now I wish I had grabbed it. Maybe it’s still there, haha, I will drive back, 😉
Oh, I hope it’s still there, Katrin as I’m sure you will turn it into something wonderful!!
Such clever outside the box thinking Sam. Love the color and the way you have styled it.
Thank you so much, Mary!! It was a fun project and has filled the empty spot in our entryway which is good!
I love the color your chose to give it that farmhouse flair that looks so beautiful in your home. I had no idea they had a grit product out now, I’ll be investigating that. It looks beautiful with those flowers and that sweet basket of goodies.
Thank you so much, Toni! The Grit is amazing!! It really does give that nice authentic old look!! Perfect for detailed pieces!
This is so cute! The paint made a HUGE difference! You always have the most creative projects and great ideas! Happy Wednesday! 🙂
Right back at you Amanda and thank you for your kind words!
OooooEeeee I haven’t heard of Milk Paint Grit but I really want to try find some now. It makes the piece look so authentically old and worn. Love the look Sam
Love this idea. Love me a good upcycle project.
Aren’t they just the best Deborah!