Most people would see the before picture of this headboard as junk.
Maybe it is but, it doesn’t have to be.
It is solid walnut.
It belonged to my great great grandparents. So, to me, is worth saving. I love to repurpose items. When my grandfather passed away, I stored this in my dad’s shop. When he passed away, it came to my house. I didn’t need it taking up space at my house for another 10 years. And, I didn’t need an extra bed. I decided it would be great to use as a sign!
I did this project before I started blogging, so I don’t have pictures of all of the steps along the way, but I can describe how I created this look. First, I cleaned it up and applied Citri-Strip. The trick with this stripper is to apply it liberally with a brush, cover with saran wrap, and let it set all night. Then, the next day it will scrape off easily. This stripper doesn’t smell, but always wear gloves to protect your hands.
Next, I applied General Finishes Java Gel Stain with a rag.
Java Gel Stain by General Finishes is my favorite gel stain. I’ve used it on tons of projects. As you can see, my can is well loved. This stuff goes a long way too!
I drew the letters on the new canvas with pencil and then painted them with white paint. I simply used some white semi-gloss trim paint that I already had around the house.
Get creative! What can you repurpose to make a sign with?