This reclaimed architectural wall decor idea is a winner for sure. I shared the architectural piece a few weeks ago and promised a new project was coming. Guess I’ve been dragging my feet this week but I did finally get one post of the promised two written. The nightstand makeovers are coming next week for sure.
It looks good right. It’s always difficult to find the perfect piece for over the bed. I think I found the right one to hang above the new headboard.
This is how the piece looked before I painted it. I did start with another plan and even got as far as hanging the piece over the bed but it didn’t look right. I’ll tell you the story.
I bought the architectural piece at my favorite junk store several years ago. I used it on the mantel and you can see it here. After that it’s just been hanging out in the workshop. I couldn’t see selling it because it was just too special.
First step in the makeover was to give the piece a good cleaning. I used Simple Green and you can see how much dirt was in that one small area on the back where I started cleaning. Yuk. That black grime just built up over the years.
My first plan was to paint over the green details with blue because that is the color I’m using for small accent pieces in the brown master bedroom. I spent a good hour painting all those details blue.
For the hanger, I drilled two holes on the back.
Then placed screws in each hole. But didn’t drill them all the way in.
Next I wrapped wire around the screw just below the head……then I finished screwing the screw all the way in.
This is the easy way to hang stuff and I’m all about easy. It doesn’t work with everything but for this piece it’s perfect. I added foam wall protectors to the back also.
Now it was time to hang the architectural decor above the bed. And I did. And I looked at it several times during the day thinking I did good on the blue but something didn’t look right.
It needed to be painted so it would flow with the color of the headboard and also because the brown wood blended in with the brown of the wall. The paint I used is a special mix and I’ll share the details on that next week.
Now you guys know I have to distress all those lovely details. Since I wanted to save the pretty original wood stain I used Simple Green to distress the paint. You can see a tutorial I did before on using Simple Green as a distressing agent here.
It took a while to distress the whole thing but it was worth it.
I’m very happy with the results. Several areas on the long arm sides showed alligatoring of the old stain and it distressed nicely. You can see one of the areas on the left in the photo above.
I’m keeping an eye out for other special pieces to hang above the architectural piece. Maybe two or several small round items of some kind above each arm of the piece?
What do you think? Does it need more above the bed? I promise to have more photos and full bed and wall shots in the nightstands reveal post.
If you missed the headboard you can see where I put it together and set it up here. You guys have a great long holiday weekend and stay safe. Thanks for being here, Kathy
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com