Completely transform the style of an existing headboard and footboard with a few pieces of wood, new feet and paint, it’s that easy. This bed went from dated and faded to cute and farmhouse with very little effort.
My friend had this dated, solid wood headboard and footboard (and siderails too). The style and details left much to be desired and it sat VERY close to the ground.
I simply wrapped the existing pieces with beadboard trimmed out with a few pine boards and added turned feet to create a farmhouse style bed.
The new feet give the bed almost 10″ of clearance which is perfect and much more desirable.
The costs here are minimal:
– 4 tulip feet: $24
– 1/2 sheet of beadboard: $20
– 1 – 1x5x8: $6
– 4 – 1x3x8: $16
– paint & primer
Total cost $66
How to makeover an existing headboard and footboard:
Step 1: Find a solid wood headboard and footboard.
Step 2: Sketch the plans. Draw the existing headboard (in black marker) then make the additions in pencil to see the difference.
Step 3: Using construction adhesive cut beadboard to fit and adhere with clamps to front of headboard.
Step 4: For the footboard only, remove the existing feet.
Step 5: Add 1×3 to edges and create front moulding (top, bottom & sides) then use a 1×5 for finished top. Predrill holes for new tulip feet, glue and screw into place. Putty and sand.
Step 6: Prime. Sand.
Step 7: Paint (footboard on right has one coat). I used Rustoleum Heirloom White in satin finish, two coats, sand in between coats.