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!
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!
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!