New headboard for the guest bedroom

So remember this metal headboard I bought at my parking lot yard sale few weeks ago?  I paid $20 for it plus he threw in bed rails too.

New headboard for the guest bedroom

Turns out it is from Wal-mart and is $49.84 on their site and doesn’t come with rails – so I think I got a pretty good deal! Smile


I have been wanting to replace the headboard in my guest bedroom with either a DIY headboard or a iron/metal headboard.  The headboard I have now is an old wood French Provincial headboard which I could have totally painted, but with a pillow top mattress on the bed it was only just a few inches in height above the mattress.  So honestly it looked like I didn’t even have a headboard on the bed.  It matches the French Provincial dresser that I have in there and was the set I used growing up so I will keep it and hope to repurpose into a bench or something else one day. 

I was so happy when I found this headboard for $20 and new rails since I would need a different type that bolted to the headboard.  I wanted it to be white so into my fancy spray paint booth it went. Smile

New headboard for the guest bedroom

I used Rustoleum Painter’s Touch 2x Paint + Primer in Gloss White (affiliate link) and it took almost 2 cans to do this headboard.    I love this paint because it already has primer in it.  If you opt to use something different, I would definitely use a spray primer first.


I just made sure the headboard was clean and wiped off any dust and then started light coats.  I wasn’t trying to cover any one area in one coat.  The trick with spray paint is shaking the can frequently, applying light/even coats, and constantly moving the can.    I worked on it over the span of 2 days but honestly it only took about 10 minutes total of actually working time to do.  I painted one side one day, let that dry fully overnight, and then painted the other side the next day.  That just worked for me but it could totally be completed in one day as long as the weather cooperated and you had enough dry time in between.  Here in GA in the summer the humidity is very high so it took a while for it to dry.

New headboard for the guest bedroom

And here it is in my guest bedroom!  I love actually having a headboard I can see in here.  Smile  It adds a lot the room.

New headboard for the guest bedroom

I need to pick up some brackets to bolt it to the bedframe.  This headboard can fit a queen or full bed but if you use it for a full bed you have to have extension brackets.

New headboard for the guest bedroom

I actually borrowed the bedding off my master bedroom for this post as I am still trying to figure out what I want to do in here.  I think I have decided on white bedding and I know I am doing yellow accents so now to find another set of white bedding!  If you have any affordable white bedding sets you like, I would love to check them out.  This set is from the Better Homes and Gardens line at Wal-Mart and at under $40 it is a great deal and I absolutely LOVE it.  But I don’t want my bedding in the mast bedroom and the guest bedroom to be exactly the same.

New headboard for the guest bedroom

Here’s a full picture of the headboard – it came out great!  I just love the power of spray paint!

New headboard for the guest bedroom

What have you spray painted recently?


  1. Sharon Venable says:

    I am painting two LARGE clay pots ivory on the outside and metallic gold on the inside. I will paint wide painterly stripes of light sage green, sienna, and metallic gold on the outside of the pots. Then they will be topped with a LARGE piece of glass for a very interesting coffee table. End table will be made with two smaller pots (one upside down topped with one right side up topped with a round piece of glass.

  2. Heather B says:

    Looks great and such a good find!
    Yup, I’m spray painting these days! Love it! A small table (if you can call it that) with a wicker top is in process of getting a navy redo with gold-tipped legs. Also, a large pasta bowl (flat bottom) is becoming pink with a gold rim.
    Love the power of paint!!

  3. I painted a thrifted rusty white bakers rack with Rustoleum gloss Fern spray paint and it now has a happy home in my kitchen holding a potted plant,several colorful ceramic pieces and the red wooden cookbook shelf my husband made for me early marriage. I love spray paint!

    • Christina says:

      oh that sounds pretty! Is Fern like a really light green? I will have to look for that color.

      • Thanks, Christina! I would describe Rustoleum’s Fern spray paint as being similar to a Granny Smith apple green. Somewhere between bright lime and avocado. Wish I could attach a picture! Love your blog! I have a headboard similar to yours that has been gracing the head of my king size bed for years, it came from a garage sale (along with a footboard I didn’t need, need to come up with a cool project for that). It was only $10 and was a hammered dark gray, I spray painted it black so now it has more of a wrought iron look. Gotta love spray paint!

  4. It’s amazing how spray painting something can give it new life. Found you at Thrifty Decor Chick.
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    • Christina says:

      yes! and welcome. Thrifty Decor Chick was the first DIY/home blog I started following way before I started writing my own 🙂

  5. Donna @My Sweet Things says:

    Hey Christina! I love the headboard! I also love the white bedding. I did a quick spray paint to mason jar lids for soap dispensers for my kitchen. It’s so hot so I’ve been working on indoor projects using chalk paint!

    • Christina says:

      yes, I hear you! I have been trying to stay inside as much as possible too. After kitchen some chalk paint furniture projects INSIDE is on my agenda too 🙂

  6. Great video! This is exactly the bed I’ve ensviioned in my mind but had not found exactly what I wanted. I never thought of building one from recycled doors! Thanks for the great video and new ideas for constructing furniture pieces from recycled products!

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