Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Roadside Beauty


Last weekend while driving home from Saturday morning soccer, my boys and I performed a rescue mission...a roadside rescue, if you will. As we turned at the intersection near our house we spotted this huge (and I do mean gigantic) upholstered headboard sitting on the side of the road.



I hesitated for a second & asked my boys if we should stop and get it. I got a resounding..."Uh, yeah mom, let's do it!" I was afraid they'd be totally embarrassed by their crazy mother whipping the Suburban around in the middle of the road to load this massive piece into the back. Instead they were cheering me on and jumping right out there with me to help load her up! I guess I'm training 'em right....it was a very proud moment.


They were so excited to tell their dad what we'd done. His response...a silent head shake, as he unloaded her for me.




As you can clearly see, she needs a bit of work. That horrible gold leafing and questionable fabric with the camels is frightening...I know. But try to see past it and imagine it's potential. I knew immediately what I'd do with her. And yes, I am referring to the headboard as a girl because she will eventually be a daybed in my daughters' room. I have searched high and low for the perfect daybed and have found nothing. That is, until I found this hideous king sized headboard laying on the roadside. My plan is to paint her white and upholster the middle piece in a gorgeous fabric with tufted buttons. Then I will hang her on the wall and push the twin sized bed horizontally up against her...thus faking a daybed! Perfect. I was nervous the measurements wouldn't work, but when I got home and measured the mattress and the headboard...they were a perfect fit for each other! I pretty much did the happy dance right there.


Now to find the time to actually get it done.

53 comments:

Dana said...

I think that it is going to look amazing when it is finished. I can't wait to see the finished product!

~Kimberly said...

I can't wait to see the end results!

Jess said...

A perfect fit. It was meant to be! I know it's going to look FAB so, hurry up woman and get to work. I can't wait to see it!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Yes, hubby's and their head shakes. They must think that silent shake will deter us from future roadside rescues. What a great find, Amanda! It seems meant to be since you actually were looking for something to use in your daughter's room. I can just picture this done up for a girl's room too!

Richella said...

Oh, yes. That is gonna work like magic!

I remember my mom once took an old, ugly king-size headboard. . . painted it a cool color. . . and put it in my room for my double bed. She just put a nightstand in the extra space--it looked like it had been planned that way. Moms can do these kinds of things!

You go, girl!

Love,
Richella

pk said...

I can see why you picked it up. SO much potential! Can't wait to see what you do with it. (my husband's reaction would have been the same btw)

Michelle said...

What a great find...can't wait to see it all done after you work your magic! Your story reminds me of a few 'curbside stops' I made when my kids were younger (early teens) and well, they weren't so thrilled...they were pretty mortified! haha

Happy Wednesday to you!
~Michelle

Gail said...

I just love finds like that! Can't wait to see it when you're done with it.

Gail

Nadir @ nadirshodgepodge.blogspot.com said...

Awesome! I bet it'll be great! Can't wait to see it transformed!

Shannon said...

Perfect! That will look great as a daybed!

geek details said...

That's so cool that your boys encouraged you to go back and pick it up! I'm sure it's going to turn out awesome (just like your other projects).

southerninspiration said...

I can so imagine what you are saying and it's going to look amazing! how cool is that????

Suzanne

Jo said...

I can't wait to see its transformation............Jo

Stacey said...

You are my girl, Amanda, saving one headboard at time! Great find!

kimmcl said...

Oh Amanda - I cannot WAIT to see her all prettied up! Don't take too long girl! LOL! Kim

Jenglamgirl said...

I am so JEALOUS! that is an awesome road side find. I totally have a visual! my daugther needs a day bed and a giant head board now too!

Kristina P. said...

If anyone can make it beautiful, it's you!

Teresa said...

I can see it now... that will be gorgeous! Score!

mommynoodles said...

Awesome!! I was thinking the same thing when I saw the pic. And then read that we had the same idea,I would have done the same b/c i'm having the same problem. lol Good luck w/ everything.Can't wait to see the results!
Natalie,

Jenn said...

Good luck with it! It sounds like a perfect project. So creative!!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Amanda, you are like my idol! ;) They need to have some kind of Decorating Idol show, and I would totally phone in and vote for you every week. ;)

I think it's awesome that your sweet boys hopped right out of the car to help you, and I LOVE your plans for that baby. Gonna be fabulous!!

kristal said...

what a proud moment as a mother! you must've beamed:) canNOT wait to see the makeover. she's got tons of potential!!

Kara said...

That is going to be beautiful I'm sure! Can't wait to see how you finish it. I sure wish I could find some cool stuff like that on the side of the road!

Pam @ bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful said...

She's definitely got good bones! Can't wait to see the finished product!

JobandBrittany said...

I started a Goodwill Goodies Party. Come by and enjoy every Wednesday!!

Leanne said...

I can't wait to see her all pretty and dressed up in her new fabric.

Pam Walter said...

Oh, please find the time to do it soon! I am really looking forward to seeing what you do with this. www.satisfiedsole.com

Lee Laurie said...

You lucky girl! That is a great headboard! I would've grabbed it up for sure! Can't wait to see it finished!

alicia@thrifty and chic motif said...

thats such a great idea! I bet your girl is giddy with excitement!

And I must give you a pat on the back for raising such great boys to help you do your dirty work :)

alicia@thrifty and chic motif said...

thats such a great idea! I bet your girl is giddy with excitement!

And I must give you a pat on the back for raising such great boys to help you do your dirty work :)

southern queen bee said...

How exciting. You are so lucky, that would never fit in my car, and Camo Man would never go pick that up for me with his truck. I just can't wait to see how it turns out.

Audra said...

Wowwee! That is some headboard. What fabulous sons you have to assist you in picking up this treasure.

Can't wait to see how she turns out.

Lori said...

Why cant I ever find stuff like that on the side of the road?! That is definitely a score girl! I know after you get your hands on it, it will look amazing!

jenjen said...

ARE YOU SERIOUS???? That is like the most amazing headboard --- EVER! How lucky are you?

I can't wait to see what you do with it!

XOXO
Jen

Jennifer said...

I would be right there with you... jumping out of the suburban!! Can't wait to see how this great find turns out! Love that your boys were all for it! :)

Infarrantly Creative said...

Holy heck it is gorgeous. I totally see the potential. I can't wait to see what she looks likes. Nice Roadkill Rescue.

Caro @ Thrifty n Curbside Treasures said...

i always love curbside shopping stories!!! :)

Dang, that piece is gorgeous!! A fresh coat of paint, new fabric... it'll be spectacular!!

Sunny said...

Great idea! Love roadside finds! I'm the one that on trash day in the neighborhood I'm so looking at every driveway as I drive out of the neighborhood (just in case!). :0)

Amber said...

I'm so jealous of you guys that are a ble to find good "trash". I never find anyhting like that around here. I can't wait to see what you do with it.

Traci said...

What an amazing find! I would have definitely picked it up! I have four boys and they would have been rooting me on too. :)
They are in training too. I call them "treasure hunters!"
Can't wait to see the end result.
Blessings,
Traci

Kimm at Reinvented said...

How DO you get so lucky? I need to come down there and follow you around for a month. :)
How does one decide to put camels on their headboard, anyway?

Clean and Classic Interiors said...

Oh I can't wait to see what you do with it. Your roadside rescue was right up my alley and I usually get scared of those things but I too see major potential in your find! Good luck!

Tausha said...

You go girl! As always, your fabulousness never ceases to amaze me. I am having a giveaway tomorrow-(friday)

Embellish-Vintage Home Embellishments said...

Now that's what I call serendipity! I love it.

anhesty said...

i can't wait to see how you transform it!

Mandi @ Finding Home said...

Oh my gosh, I seriously cannot WAIT to see this project in the finished stages. It's gonna be sooooo great!!! I just love finding things on the side of the road. I've grabbed so many goodies. It's so fun to grab free stuff! One man's trash truly is another's treasure.

Cheryl said...

had to smile and laugh at the kids response...LOL, you are training them right. Hopefully when they are grown and married, they will indulge their wives if she is anything like their mom.

The McCrays said...

That's such an awesome find! I can't wait to see the finished product!!

Sarah@VintageChic said...

Perfect!!!! Sounds like a God thing - perfect find, willing helpers, free!

Sarah said...

Wow, congrats on your roadside treasure! I can't wait to see the results of the redo. Would you mind clearing your schedule, completing the project, taking tons of pics, and then blogging about it tutorial style?! ;D Just kidding!
God's blessings on your week, Sarah

Susan S. said...

SCORE!

Ali said...

GREAT find! Can't wait to see the finished product!

BTW - do you ever sleep? I'm trying to figure out how you get SO much done! I've started making the cutest little baby booties and am really struggling with time management do get 'em done!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

That is gonna be stunning when done. GOOOO girl! cherry

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