Upcycling and Painting a Bedhead

I want a bedhead to match the bedsides I’m taking to the market. I find an old one in storage with legs that suit. I take it to the shed and start work. I really only need the legs, as they have the same turning as my bedsides. So I start pulling it apart. I am going to upholster it, so the spindles and the board in the centre are superfluous. I could leave them where they are but that would be a total waste! I will find a use for them another day, everything gets upcycled in our shed.

I paint the legs with Porters Milk Paint in Oyster White to match the bedsides. Then I stand back and wonder what is missing. I crack open the Porters Venetian Glaze and stipple it over the legs and bedsides. It imparts a beautiful antique gloss that exactly matches the satin upholstery fabric.

While I’m waiting for paint to dry. I start thinking what I can make with the pieces I took off the bedhead. The bedhead is sentimental to my mother as she painted it with her friend Marie who is no longer with us. By keeping these pieces and repurposing them, a disused piece of furniture still in great (and now perfect) condition, doesn’t lay idle in storage and mum gets to hold onto something precious to her.

When I am upcycling I don’t use more than I need to. One piece can become many if you use a bit of creativity.


Come back to see me finish the head board and turn the repurposed bits and pieces into something new.

upholstered bedside table shabby chic

Upholstered Bedside Tables

These shabby chic bedside tables are solid little numbers. With upholstered drawer fronts and a sublime Venetian Glaze over Oyster White milk paint and to-die-for crystal knobs. Sorry this item is SOLD, but if you love it, I can make something similar for you using your own or my bedside tables or set of drawers. Contact me at emily@furniturefashionista.com.au

upholstered bedside tables crystal handles

suede upholstered dining chair

Suede Dining Chair

This Dutch Tulip Dining Chair has been hand-painted in  Porters Milk Paint ‘Neutral’ and is upholstered in a very cool graphic print micro-suede of white, beige and black. It is available as a single chair and has a perfectly coordinated set of bedsides or as a complete dining set with or without carvers. This chair is currently for sale at Homespun in Aratula (west of Ipswich). Please contact me at emily@furniturefashionista.com.au or the ladies at Homespun on 0423796649.

suede upholstered dining chair


upcycled bedhead designer furniture

Upholstered Bedhead

Solid timber Bedhead that has been painted with Milk paint and Venetian glaze and Upholstered. This item is for sale now, for pricing and information please contact me at emily@furniturefashionista.com.au. Why not pick a matching set of bedsides and a gorgeous chair, see Dark Rose Mahogany

 upcycled bedhead designer furniture