DIY Headboard Message Center

I was lucky enough to find an antique headboard, it was  
in pretty bad shape but the pieces had a lot of potential. 

antique headboard and footboard

I really wanted to turn the headboard of this gorgeous piece into a message center. 

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Here's how I did that...

First, I sanded it down with an electric sander. 

Next, I gave it a couple coats of a sage colored Martha Stewart paint I had in my workshop similar to this one

I used the sander to again distress the sage paint and all the edges of the headboard. 

In the center of the piece I taped off a large rectangle then painted it with chalkboard paint

painting the headboard a sage color

I added knobs to use as hooks and a Scrabble shelf to hold chalk.

headboard message center with chalkboard

message center with hanging wreath

It was a great save and an easy makeover for a piece that really needed to be saved from the trash !

headboard message center with chalkboard

If you are interested, the footboard to this bed set 
was up-cycled into a Hanging Bistro sign

collage of chalkboard ideas

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .


  1. Nice a chalkboard. Found you through Gail's MRL.

  2. Hi Susan,
    many thanks for your nice comments to me. It's nice, if you like my style.
    I am a reader of your blog very long and I got myself some inspiration with you.

    I wish you a wonderful weekend,

  3. What a great transformation! Love it Susan!


  4. What a great shape to that headboard piece, Susan! Perfect for a chalkboard. Great idea to use the Scrabble tray to hold the chalk.

  5. Love love love this! What a wonderful idea!

  6. Looks great! Happy "late" Thanksgiving to you too. :)

  7. Another keeper. I sure hope no one is ever late for anything at your house, there has to be no excuse with all the clever creations they have to write stuff down on.


  8. Oh my goodness Susan, I never would have given that old headboard a second glance, but you really turned it into something special! I really love what you did with it. Very creative! I'm sure you and your family will enjoy using it. Great job. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


  9. What a clever use for a headboard. I am a new follower! I found your link at the “It’s Party Time” party. I would love for you to link up to my weekly linky party Fluster Muster on Wednesday’s @

  10. Love what you did with this headboard, great job! Thanks so much for linking up! Clydia @ Three Mango Seeds

  11. Great chalk board and repurposing of old furniture!

  12. So cute - I've got my own crib boards waiting for something very similar! Chalkboard paint makes everything better, doesn't it!


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