A New Headboard for Lily

4 Aug

Ever since Lily inherited Sophia’s old twin mattress and box spring, she’s been headboard-less. Sure, the bed is nice and comfy without one but it just made everything look very incomplete.



So, when Lil and I spotted this in-decent-shape twin wicker headboard for only $6.99 at my favorite thrift store, Unique, we just had to snatch it up! (Of course, if you follow me on Instagram, this is old news to you.)

headboard unique

Then I followed a simple three step process to refurb old wicker:

1) Wash, 2) Dry and 3) Paint.

1) Wash: A little googling told me that I should give this grimmy thing a scrub down so I used a stiff brush, some dish soap, and the hose and gave it a good wash.

2) Dry: Then I left it out in the sun for a couple warm, clear days so that it could fully dry off.

3) Paint: A few cans of Krylon gloss paint in Banner Red and it was fully coated and looking good.  (Why yes, that is the same spray paint I used on the den chairs. Thanks for noticing!)

And ta-da! Lily has a headboard!



Not bad for about 22 bucks ($6.99 for the headboard and 3 cans of spray paint at $4.99 each). It looks so nice, Pooh had to jump in there.

headboard collage

Now, I just need to figure out some kind of bed/headboard for Sophia’s room and ours! I’m thinking about something like this for Soph’s. What do you think?

To see the rest of Lily’s room, check out these posts:

House Tour: Lily’s Room Part 1 (the one where I introduce the room and show before and afters)

House Tour: Lily’s Room Part 2 (the full resource list. Disclosure: needs to be updated)

Instant Gratification: Two Quickies for the Pinterest Challenge (the one where I hang some new art)

A Name Plaque for Lily or How My 4 Year Old Taught Me a Lesson (the one where Lily makes some art)


Sue at Home


6 Responses to “A New Headboard for Lily”

  1. rodderdave@aol.com August 4, 2013 at 10:19 pm #

    I have learned not to be surprised. YOU ARE AMAZING!! Im sure Winny and Lily love it! Love Papa

  2. Rachel August 5, 2013 at 12:51 am #

    Sue, I love the flowers too! How did you suspend those?
    I love your ideas. Cannot wait to try some in my childrens’ rooms as we are redecorating all three.

    • sueathome September 16, 2014 at 12:34 pm #

      Just realized I never replied to this! Sorry! They’re hung with clear fishing wire around nails.

  3. Maggy Tamargo August 6, 2013 at 12:00 am #



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