Repurposed Headboard Coat Rack & 4 Instant Art Prints – Nothing Goes to Waste

Today I thought I’d share how I get the most “mileage” out of some of the “junk” I bring home from auctions, yard sales and thrift stores.  It’s taken awhile, but my husband has finally stopped asking me why I save every little piece of salvaged junk that I think I could possibly find a future use for.
I’m really not a hoarder, because I truly use all my bits and pieces eventually, and if I don’t find a use for them after a few years, I do get rid of them – I don’t continue letting them take up space in my workshop, which is so limited.

I love the shape of this headboard and was fortunate to get 2 sets of head and foot boards at a yard sale, and each one had 2 of these shapely pieces on them, so I had 8 of them I’ve been able to create signs and coat racks on.

I have a customer who loves antique fashion images and she requested I create a coat rack from an old headboard and add some of her favorite images on to it.
Royalty Free Stock Image Antique Graphic and Repurposed Headboard Coat Rack via Knick of Time

I’ve done a similar project for her in the past for her, with the same images added to an antique chair back that I added coat hooks to.

Royalty Free Stock Image Antique Graphic and Repurposed Headboard Coat Rack via Knick of Time
Royalty Free Stock Image Antique Graphic and Repurposed Headboard Coat Rack via Knick of Time
I’ve never really been a hat person, but after seeing these hat fashions from the early 1900’s, I think I could become one if I found a hat as pretty as some of these.  This page came from an early 1900’s women’s magazine.
Fashion Illustration Royalty Free Stock Image Antique Graphic via Knick of Time

I selected 3 of the images and grouped them together.  The original page had some slight wear, so I digitally “repaired” those areas, then had the image printed at Staples.  It costs about $1 to have it printed in color and the ink doesn’t smear when using decoupage medium on it.

Fashion Illustration Royalty Free Stock Image Antique Graphic via Knick of Time

The lower half of the footboard got turned into this sign.

I don’t like to let anything go to waste that can be used for other projects, so I’m saving the spindles to find a future use for, and I use the centers of the side posts on some of my tiered enamelware stands, like this one.  Many of my tiered stands can be seen herehere and here.

I cut down the bed side rails into smaller sections and create signs like this one with those pieces.

Here the individual hat fashion images, plus 1 extra, which are ready to be printed as framed art, or used for other projects.
1900's Women's Hat Fashions Royalty free Stock antique graphic images from http://knickoftimeinteriors.blogspot.com/

1900's Women's Hat Fashions Royalty free Stock antique graphic images from http://knickoftimeinteriors.blogspot.com/

1900's Women's Hat Fashions Royalty free Stock antique graphic images from http://knickoftimeinteriors.blogspot.com/

1900's Women's Hat Fashions Royalty free Stock antique graphic images from http://knickoftimeinteriors.blogspot.com/
The original page was generously sent to me from Audrey @ Timeless Treasures.

Take a look at the rest of my royalty free antique images HERE.  I post new ones each week for you to use for your projects and designs.

My husband and I made enough progress over the weekend, that I’ve been a bum today and haven’t done much, other than ship a few packages.  He wrapped all the gifts and I did cleaning and baked some cookies, and my boys arrived safely home from college, so I am just relishing having all four of my kids home at the same time.   I hope you’re enjoying this last couple of days before Christmas!

Blessings,

 

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Comments

  1. I really am blown away at the things you come up with! I would never have looked at an old headboard and thought “Oooo let me make a coat rack out of that!” You have me looking at everything differently now!

    Merry Christmas to you and yours! I hope you are blessed beyond measure!

  2. Such great ideas you have. Those photos are gorgeous! Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  3. Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage says:

    Just gorgeous, Angela! I love vintage images, as well…especially if they are of children and animals. And like you, I have a tendency to hang on to my bits and pieces for other projects. Sometimes, it might take a year or two to use them, but I do use them…eventually. 😉

    Hope you holiday season is blessed with love and laughter.
    Hugs,
    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  4. Merry Christmas Angie … I know you are happy to have all the family together. Have a wonderful day.
    Love the coat rack and glad you could make good use of those pictures. You do such a wonderful job of making them useful.
    Thanks for the link back … I am thrilled every time you show us something that you got out of those old newspapers and magazines.
    Blessings,
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

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