Headboards are the easiest and most fun pieces to use as focal points. There are endless options available for creating one specific to your tastes and décor. Old shutters, doors, quilts, picket fence posts, and wrought iron grates are just a few of the items that can be repurposed for this project.
In an older issue of Southern Living Magazine, I discovered one of their features about a headboard made from a discarded fireplace mantel The result was so striking. This particular mantel was simply sanded down, painted white and then plywood covered in foam batting and gold velvet was inserted in the opening. The entire cost was less than $100.00 .
If your room’s décor is less contemporary, the mantel could be painted a different color and/or have a surface treatment applied to create texture. The insert fabric offers more opportunity to personalize this piece to your own specific taste.
If you see an old mantel on the side of the road, or happen on one in an antique or thrift store, perhaps you will be inspired to give it a new home and a new life.