From a Bed to a Sign

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I have a confession to make. I have a parts fetish. Furniture parts, that is. If there is a pretty piece of trim, some curvy legs, or ornate hardware, I can’t help but keep them in hopes of incorporating them into something new-ish, much to the chagrin of the hubs. That was the case with the $49 Goodwill bed I found. In my last blog, I told you about using pieces of the posts for bench legs. But there were so many more good parts! 

 I found this sign in Michigan. It's painted on the raised panel of an old cabinet door.

I found this sign in Michigan. It's painted on the raised panel of an old cabinet door.

While all those good bits and bobs were collecting dust in the garage, I decided I wanted to make a sign for my studio. Some friends of ours told me about a school they had visited that focused on multiple intelligences. The facility had a number of “makeries” in it. I loved the idea of a “makery” and it does sound like “bakery” and who doesn’t love those?  

To create the sign, I went to my treasure trove in the garage. Eureka! The curved centerpiece of the headboard was screaming to be the starting point for the sign. I trimmed it down, mounted it on some scrap plywood and attached some old trim. After priming and painting it white, then distressing it a little (to embrace the imperfect), I added the letters and that was it!

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By the way, you don’t need a headboard for a project like this. I have seen similar ideas on old cabinet doors or just pieces of wood. If you don’t have scraps, go dumpster diving at a construction site. (Done it.) You may want to call the home builder to get permission if you’re a rule follower like me. But you’d be amazed at what gets thrown out. Give it a go!