I have always always always wanted a really cool bed.
My husband has never never never wanted to pay for one.
So... when my sis-in-law asked if I wanted a king sized head and footboard (for free), I was ecstatic.
I also had no idea what it would look like.
When it came (thanks again, Risse), I realized it was not exactly what I would have picked out myself:
It sat in my house for weeks, as I debated over just putting it together or trying to redo everything. Mostly I debated over the amount of work it would take.
I finally just took the plunge.
After tearing it apart, stripping it down, putting it back together again and giving it a fresh coat I came up with this:
Pretty cool, hu?
I really wanted a tall headboard, and didn't really care for a footboard.
I loved the straight top of the fb, but hated the curved hb.
So I decided to turn the fb into the hb.
Here's how I did it:
I started by unscrewing the molding from the top of the hb, and chipping away the design in the middle of each bow.
Then I took the fb, and broke the legs off.
This is the fb without legs:
Then I broke the legs off of the hb as well:
And it was left looking like this:
The top curvy piece was removed next:
I then took the fb, and put it on top of the hb, so I could see what it would look like (tentatively), like so:
It was going to have to be repainted or stained from all of the demolition, so that came off next:
Once the stain was removed, I sanded everything, and had my brother and cousin put the pieces together and install the new legs.
I decided on cream.
Some day I will (maybe) get around to putting a few coats of black glaze on it to bring out all of the cool lines.
But that will have to be when I have my own garage, instead of using my parents.
Even so, it is pretty amazing to me.
I absolutely love it!