I’ve been searching for the perfect headboard for quite a while now and had been scouring Ebay for an upholstered version. I found this wicker one in a council clean out and it’s a project that cost me less than $30 to complete.
When we picked up the headboard it was in OK condition, the varnish had mostly worn off and it looked a little tired.
As I already had cane side tables in my bedroom I didn’t want it to be too matchy matchy so I decided to paint it out in white. I gave it a quick sand first and then used White Knight spray paint in gloss white. I didn’t use a primer so I would get a grey-ish, faintly mottled undertone.
It took three cans of paint to complete two coats and painting the cross-hatching was the most difficult part. I found if you paint in one direction on one side and the alternate direction on the other side you achieve a good finish.
Spray paint dries in 10-15 minutes so this is really a project you can complete in an afternoon.
I’ve found a lot of great pieces during council clean out, here are my tips for optimising finds:
– Contact local councils for clean out days, they happen twice a year in most areas.
– The best areas are more affluent suburbs or suburbs going through rejuvenation i.e. older population leaving and newer one coming in
– make friends with someone who owns a ute
– speak to the owners of the furniture if possible. They may have more like it, or at least a story to tell. It’s also always nice if you ask if you can take something
– use gloves and watch for spiders, splinters and nails
– Look for items such as kids backyard toys, they’re often found in great condition, if a little sun-faded
– garden pots and picture frames are other good finds.
– look for sound structure and interesting shaped furniture. The more damage, the more cost it will to repair it. Sanding and painting is easy to do, reupholstering is a little harder as is fixing broken arms and legs
– Only pick up things you can use or have a place for and if the piece doesn’t work, put it out on your foot path for someone else to collect.