Yup, that’s right. I went “dumpster diving” for a new guest room headboard. Well that’s sort of a lie… At our complex we have a semi-enclosure around the dumpsters & people place furniture they no longer want next to the trash, but inside this area. I’m assuming the logic is, either someone will take it, or the garbage truck will pick it up. Long story short, Andy calls this “Donating to the Universe”. The Universal Donation Center has been very good to us over the last year of living here, but this has to be our best find yet!
On Thursday I took Penelope out for a walk & noticed what could only be a West Elm headboard leaning up against the dumpster. It looked like a twin & I knew there would be no way I could get it home, so we didn’t even look at it very closely. When Andy came home we wandered back out there & decided to lug it home. It was HEAVY (and definitely NOT a twin size)! We got it home & after a little googling & measuring we realized it was the headboard piece of the West Elm Stria Bed & it was a queen size – exactly what we need for the guest room!
I can’t believe how great it looks in the guest room! There’s just one little problem. Notice the bulkhead above the bed? Well that means the fabric covered canvas is too tall to be centered over the bed. And the room looks ridiculously naked without something over the bed. Oh the challenges of finding awesome free things. (That was sarcasm by the way).
The headboard is a little beat up and it was FILTHY! I literally swept it down with a broom while it was still outside & then scrubbed it with a magic eraser. Grossness. Unfortunately it’s also a little beat up in some places – there’s some split wood on the headboard itself & it got a little scraped up on the top and one of the sides (probably from being dragged across the cement pad at the trash enclosure by the original owners).
It looks fine with the pillows covering most of it, but I’d love to fix it up a little. Apparently it’s made from old railway ties from India, so its supposed to look a little distressed, I just don’t want a guest getting a splinter! I’ve thought about sanding and painting it navy blue, but I really like the richness of the wood, so perhaps a little sanding and some stain to re-seal everything instead. Any advice? For now I’ll just look at my free-find and smile.
*Update*: I promise I will not paint this headboard. It was a fleeting idea & as I mentioned above, I really love the richness of the wood. Plus it’s real wood, so I have to respect that!
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