One Headboard, Four Options!

Last week, we finished up the second annual Meaningful Makeovers project at the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home. While I am still working on gathering all the photos to share the amazing transformations of the second house, I wanted to share how we made different choices for the headboard in the boys’ rooms.

different options for the same headboard


Someone had previously taken laminated wood and created simple headboards for all the boys’ rooms in one of the two homes we worked on this month. Here is an example of what they looked like before:

boys’ bedroom before Meaningful Makeovers

Each bedroom and adjoining bath had a budget of $1000, so not all the furnishings could be replaced. The room designers did not share their designs with one another before the project began, and I just think it’s so interesting and creative how we all chose a different way to deal with the existing headboards!

Carol Bass of The Practical Decorator and Stacey Foster of Styled to Suit painted their headboards with a black semigloss paint. Doing so anchored their color scheme and gave the room a modern vibe:

black painted headboardroom design by The Practical Decorator and Styled to Suit

Natalie Orr of Main Street Home Staging + Designs and Jamie Watford of JWNash & Co. used a beautiful fabric remnant and simply draped and stapled it over the existing headboard:

fabric covered headboardroom design by Main Street Home Staging + Designs and JW Nash & Co.

Carol Raetz of Carol Raetz Interiors, LLC, and Angela Myers of Angela Myers Home decided to fully upholster the existing headboard with batting and arrow-themed fabric:

upholstered headboardroom design by Angela Myers Home and Carol Raetz Interiors, LLC

What did I do? Well, I decided to use the existing headboard wood as inspiration for the overall design and create a mountain lodge feel for my boys’ bedroom. So, I simply left it as-is!

wood headboard and mountain wall muralroom design by The Decorologist

I hope this inspires you to think outside the box when dealing with existing items in your own home. There are so many pieces of furniture and decor that can be reimagined or transformed with paint, fabric, and a little imagination. We’d love to hear examples of how you’ve upcycled furniture in out-of-the-box ways in the comments below!

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23 thoughts on “One Headboard, Four Options!

  1. Jerry says:

    All are nice, but I like yours the best. Very tasteful, practical, calming and easy to clean and keep it looking so cool! Kudos to all those involved for using their talents for such a positive cause!

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      There are just so many options! I like the idea of changing it up at some point – you can change out fabric fairly inexpensively and get a completely new look. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

  2. Eve says:

    Such phenomenal creativity yet they are appropriate for the young men that will be utilizing these rooms.
    LOVE IT!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Kelly says:

    These are all great Kristy! I do have to say that yours look most like a boy’s room. But theirs look great too! Great project and I sure it was very much appreciated.

  4. K K Design says:

    I love the chosen wall paint / paper of your design – the colour gradations and movement create a comforting, fresh, calm atmosphere. I am sure you refinished the wooden headboard with a coat of varnish as it looks much cleaner and less worn than in its initial state! Well done!

  5. Katarina - says:

    How lovely! I find each of the headboards to have their charm and I have a crazy idea to do all four of them in different rooms 😀 The black one looks very modern and soothing. I love the innovative approach on the second and the third one and the themes they chose are gorgeous. The clean and elegant aesthetic with a wooden headboard and mountainscape you’ve painted on the wall is also beautiful and feels so cozy and warm.

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Thank you, Katarina! Isn’t it cool how these same headboards could be treated differently and achieve such differing effects? All the spaces turned out so cool – I will be posting the entire room reveals soon, so stay tuned for some more great design tips from the room designers.

  6. Grace says:

    Wow what a fab example of how a subtle tweak within a room can make such a difference! It gives such a brilliant injection of personality to each boy’s room. Great work!

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