The most successful redecorating projects include something unexpected. It could be an abstract painting in a rustic cabin, a Louis XIV settee in a mid-century modern living room, or a simple DIY project that repurposes something old and outdated into a stunning focal point.
That’s why I love antique and vintage furniture. Sometimes I find a piece that isn’t in perfect condition. You know the old saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”? If I can salvage part of a junky piece of furniture, I do. I store it away until I find the perfect opportunity to fix it up.
When a client recently asked for unique ideas for her daughter’s bedroom, I immediately remembered an antique dresser mirror I had tucked away in my garage. The dresser was discarded years ago, but I couldn’t part with the mirror.
A triptych-style mirror was revealed after I cleaned years of dust from the carved frame. I thought the feminine shape would be adorable as a headboard in a little girl’s room.
I primed the wood before painting for an even application. It took several coats of pale pink paint in an eggshell finish to transform the frame. To ensure safety, I securely attached the new headboard directly to the wall. I finished the room with bedding to match. This little princess is sure to have sweet dreams every night.
Merri Cvetan is an interior designer who writes about beautiful spaces and creates amazing DIYs for The Home Depot. She provides tips on everything from choosing the right bed to adding the finishing touches on your bedroom. Click here to view Home Depot’s selection of headboards for your bedroom.