remember that bed?

Remember that bed that didn’t sell?

I ended up repurposing the headboard into a Farmers Market sign

I was hanging onto the foot board for a similar purpose.  To make it into a sign.  Only this time one with a holiday theme.

And here it is.

I scuff sanded the foot board and gave it two coats of Dixie Belle’s Drop Cloth.  Then I added the stencil using their Honky Tonk Red, Evergreen and Midnight Sky.

I’d ordered the stencil from Wallcutz in just the right size for the foot board (sorry, can’t remember exactly which size it is, but the point is that you can order in a variety of sizes specifically to fit your item).

I love the way the curve of “Rudolph and Co” mirrors the curve at the top of the foot board.

And the classic red and green color scheme works beautifully on my red carriage house.

I debated adding a row of hooks in that bottom section, which would have made it the perfect spot to hang Christmas stockings, but I knew I’d be using this outside so I left them off.  And speaking of using it outside, I just used clear wax as my top coat.  I’ve done that on quite a few things that I use outside and I never seem to have much of an issue with it not adding enough protection.  Especially for seasonal items like this one.  It will be hung up for about two months each year, and the rest of the year will be stored inside the carriage house.

For those of you who may be newer-ish to my blog, this is my carriage house, a.k.a. the ‘garage’ a.k.a. ‘the barn’ a.k.a. my ‘workshop’ (in summer).  Technically it is a carriage house as evidenced by the doors which slide open to the side, rather than a barn.

Although our house was originally part of a dairy farm, the carriage house would have been used to store carriages and was never used to house animals like a barn would have been.

There is a 2nd floor that we use for storage.  In the summer it’s mostly empty, but in the winter we keep all of our patio furniture up there, plus a good bit of nnK’s garden furniture and pool parts.  I have thought about how fantastic it would be if I could use that space as a workshop, but carrying furniture up and down the steep staircase all the time wouldn’t be terribly practical.  And putting in an elevator wouldn’t really be practical either 😉  Also, heating it in the winter would not be cheap.  And I’m nothing if not cheap.

That’s an old photo, by the way.  We did get a little snow this week, but not quite that much, although more is coming this afternoon.  Maybe I’ll get a good opportunity to update that photo later today!

So, how do like my re-purposing of the foot board?

Although I’m starting to wind down on creating Christmas décor pieces to sell for this year, I’ll be keeping an eye out next year for more unique pieces that I can use this stencil on.

Next week I’ll share the rest of my outdoor Christmas décor, so be sure to stay tuned!

22 thoughts on “remember that bed?

  1. Love, love, love this! When I saw the transformation I immediately hoped you were keeping for your carriage house. It’s perfect!


  2. It is a perfect makeover! Looks so good against the red. I love your carriage house. Each time I see it it makes swoon! 😉
    Smiles, Alice


    1. It is very picturesque, although not always super practical. Like when the doors freeze shut in the winter (although we did pretty much solve that problem by raising them up a few inches a couple of years ago), or the fact that it’s very much not sealed up so I get critters in there (one year a possum moved in and scared the bejeezus out of me). I do love it though, despite its flaws 😉


  3. I love this Christmas sign! It looks perfect on your carriage house. You do such a great job on your signs. I love them all! ❤️


  4. Love it-repurposing at it’s finest! I also work in a “barn” to paint and installed a woodstove last year so now can paint anytime. It also has steep stairs and stored stuff upstairs and you’d do get used to the hike.


    1. I probably shouldn’t tell you this Laura, but my in-laws had a beautiful workshop heated with a wood stove, and it burned down (I posted about that here). They did end up determining that the wood stove was the cause of the fire (even though it was new and well maintained). At the time, they were also using a wood stove to heat their house. But they have since removed the wood stove in the house, and rebuilt a workshop with a traditional furnace. Once bitten, twice shy. I don’t think I would ever feel comfortable using a wood stove in my carriage house. It would go up like a torch if there were an errant spark.


  5. Well I love it Miss Quandie! Will you perhaps sell it next year? I’m looking forward to seeing your Christmas outdoors!


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