A Newel Post Headboard With A Touch Of Elegance

During one of our trips to the Habitat ReStore, I found this solid newel post caned back headboard tucked behind several others in a back room. Mr. Frugalista gave me that are you really sure you want this look because he could see we were going to have to work hard to pull it out.

Judging by the dust, most people either didn't see it or decided, like Mr. Frugalista, that it was too much work to get at. What I saw was how pretty it would look with a fresh coat of white paint and wouldn't leave until it had my name on it.

Newel Post Caned Back Headboard Before Makeover

Newel Post Cane Back Headboard Makeover

Another reason Mr. Frugalista gave me that funny look is because the vehicle we were driving that day was our Ford Taurus...a sedan.

He and the gentleman behind the cash looked at the headboard then at me then at the car and shook their heads.

I gave them both the "oh yeah, watch me" look and hiked that headboard under my arm and marched straight outside towards the car. I'm 5'3" so imagine this thing practically being dragged across the parking lot.

Back seats pulled down and a little head scratching later, that headboard was in the trunk, albeit with half of it sticking out the back end. Nothing a little red flag and some bungee cords to hold the trunk down couldn't handle.

I didn't tell Mr. Frugalista but during the 15-minute drive home I was half expecting the headboard to land in the middle of the freeway - but we made it. 

Never say never to a short, stubborn, fiery, middle-aged Leo. 

Newel Post Headboard Chalk Painted White

What an improvement after just one coat of white vanilla frosting chalk paint. I love how fresh the cane looks painted white.

Newel Post Cane Headboard Painted White

I then added just a touch of Elegance, literally by Country Chic Paint. 

Newel Post Headboard with Elegance chalk paint

Because the dark wood underneath had a glossy finish, I didn't distress the headboard to reveal the wood. Instead, I dirtied it up by applying dark wax to give it an aged appearance.

Newel Post Headboard Dark Waxed

I'm pleased with how it turned out. Hopefully, I can find another headboard similar during one of my treasure hunts because I think it would make a beautiful day bed with a ruffle skirt and loads of pretty pillows.

Newel Post Caned Back Headboard Makeover

...and should I find another large headboard like this one, thankfully that Ford Taurus was replaced with a vehicle that can easily haul furniture.

Ahem...I should mention that also in the trunk that day were two other headboards. They were transformed into an Outdoor Garden Bench For Two and Headboard Dining Bench.

The client who commissioned me to paint this headboard also swooped up an Arabesque Stenciled Night Table that I recently finished to pair with the headboard for her guest room. I think the headboard and night stand compliment one another quite nicely.

Newel Post Headboard and matching night stand

Newel Post Headboard Makeover Before and After

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