Make an old oak headboard new again!!! Headboard makeover with caning and paint….

My poor husband. Nothing he has left from his pre-Jen days is sacred.
With our budget bedroom makeover I really wanted  a new headboard for my bedroom makeover.

This one from Ballard’s was my dream; but way out of my budget, so I decided to use it as inspiration instead and pretty up the one I already had. After all, it was solid wood and has a ton of potential!!
Update your old oak headboard with caning and paint
Update your old oak headboard with caning and paint
Oak, 80′s. UGH.But it is solid wood. It has that going for it.
Update your old oak headboard with caning and paint
 I purchased chair caning from  Van Dyke’s Restorers and I already had an architectural piece from an old dresser.
I first added my dresser piece ( sorry, no pics… my bad.) to the top. Then I primed and painted the whole thing white.
Update your old oak headboard with caning and paint
I then cut the caning to size.I spray painted it with white primer to make it easier to paint later.
Once it was dry, I stapled it onto my headboard. Use A LOT of staples. Believe me. I unloaded my gun into it.
Update your old oak headboard with caning and paint
later, you’ll paint right over them and you can’t even tell they are there.
Update your old oak headboard with caning and paint
I then cut molding to frame around the rough edges and hold it in place. I mitered them so the ends match up and it makes a frame.
Update your old oak headboard with caning and paint
Where it didn’t match exactly, I just wood filled it white white wood filler. After it was dry,then I painted the whole thing again.
Here’s where I cried.
I guess when caning gets wet it relaxes and buckles.Which I did NOT know. When I pulled it in that night, I noticed it was all wavy and bumpy. After a full day of work on the darn thing, the tears flowed with a few expletives.
But then the sun came out the next day and when it had dried overnight, the caning tightened up again and it was flat. I think my saving grace was all of the staples.Use lots of staples.
Update your old oak headboard with caning and paint
The total cost was $23.00 for the caning with shipping. I already had the other supplies on hand.
Update your old oak headboard with caning and paint
It just added the right touch to our new bedroom space.
                 It wasn’t hard either, just time consuming. I love the idea of using caning now on other things…
Jen

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Comments

  1. WOW!! You are Fabulous girl!!!
    LOVE it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Gorgeous! It is right in line with your inspiration piece! It is stunning!

  3. I have a chair in my bedroom that the chicken wire has broken (probably from MY behind!) and want to put caning in it, honey. Is it substantial enough for a chair? I mean the kind you’re buying. Or is that just regular caning and can take a lot of use?
    xoxo,
    Connie

  4. Oh brother!!!!!!! That is one great make-over you have done. It is beautiful and so very clever. I love it when someone repurposes something.

    Xo

    Jo

  5. Love the transformation! What a great idea! take care, Maryann

  6. Soooo cool! And way better than the inspiration piece :) I wish I could bust into my hubby’s “pre “me” furniture…ugh!

  7. NO….WAY!!!!! That is one of THE best makeovers I’ve seen (and trust me, I’ve seen my share).
    I’ll be sending all my blog friends over here for a look.
    Beautiful job.
    Angex

  8. Jen:
    It is one, beautiful headboard! It went from a true Ugly Duckling to a Fabulous Swan! Congratulations, girl!
    xoxo
    Donna

  9. Love this! What a great makeover… I love cane!
    Your bedroom makes me want to make mine pretty too :) Michelle

  10. Wow Jen! Love it love it. I saw it in your previous post and figured you’d just painted it.

    Gorgeous :)

  11. Really great! Totally jealous!

  12. You need your own show on HGTV!
    Seriously! :-)

  13. Amazing, what a gorgeous headboard!

  14. Jen, The headboard is fabulous! What a great idea using the cane insert. Perfection. Hugs, Sherry

  15. JEN!! I just sent this link to my sister who’s making her own headboard. CANING – that is SUCH a fabulously inexpensive idea…..GASP! I love it so.

    Your eye, your talent and your tears made this piece into a masterpiece! fabulous.

    Someday when I grow up, I want to be talented just like you. xoxo

  16. It really looks terrific!!

  17. Love it! I think you could add some finial thingies or fence post tops, depending on how wide the top is, and it would look even more like the example. But I like it the way it is.

  18. Perfection!!! I would NEVER thought of the using the cane!! And the dresser piece! This looks Custom!!

    LOVE IT!

    Lou Cinda :)

  19. This is an amazing makeover! You worked miricles on that thing.
    I recained a chair for the first time a few weeks ago. I did a horrible job. But I knew I was going to paint and distress the chair,and all in all it turned out ok. I have one more to go. I’m not scared anymore though. I’ll never over look another piece where the cain is damaged.
    Again… your headboard is soooo cute!
    Kelly

  20. You are so crafty…I love it! I can’t wait to see what you do to the dresser :)

  21. Wow, wow and WOW! What an incredible transformation! It is beautiful!

    Blessings,
    Heather:)

  22. What an absolutely fantastic makeover! What a talent and inspiration you are!

  23. Your headboard turned out beautiful!!

  24. wow! Awesome – I am quite impressed.

  25. You know you are amazing….right???!!!!

  26. Absolutely love it! It’s waaay more gorgeous than the Ballard one!

  27. That is a fantastic makeover. It looks awesome.

  28. OMG, Jen you are an effing GENIUS!!!! Of course, I knew that already. But, WOW! And, the best part, thanks to you, after how many years? I finally know what to do with my bed!!!! When I finally do it I will definitely tell the whole world it’s because of you and your genius talented self.
    XO,
    ~Angela :-)

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  30. Oh my goodness, it’s gorgeous! You have done a beautiful job.

  31. That is beautiful! You would never know that was the same bed! I bet your husband is thrilled with the changes. I didn’t know you could orderthe caning in a roll…great idea!

  32. You did such a great job. I think your headboard is more beautiful the the one from Ballard, and you can say,I made it myself! Love, Penny

  33. Dang girlie… that makeover of your headboard is amazing, well done!!!!

  34. You really inspire me with all of your thirftiness and your clever ideas. This has made me want to get back to fix up those things I have been threatening to do but haven’t. I too have a room I don’t reallylike anyone to see.

  35. What a beautiful job, I love it!

    Sue
    xo

  36. Okay. Now THAT was clever.

  37. I want to live in your mind…or at least visit just a little. How on earth do you come up with these great ideas? If you hadn’t included all the instructions, I would never have guessed that this was not an original piece. Fab job!
    Debbie

  38. SOOO glad that you didn’t have to cry in the morning! I can only imagine how annoying that would have been. You did an amazing job. The headboard is totally unrecognizable! Ballards Schmallards!!!!

  39. Wow, what a creative idea! I would never of thought of that. I didn’t even know you could buy caning! You did an excellent job!

  40. I love it! Very nicely done!!!

  41. I love it! Very nicely done!!!

  42. I love it! Very nicely done!!!

  43. I love it! Very nicely done!!!

  44. I love it! Very nicely done!!!

  45. I love it! Very nicely done!!!

  46. I love it! Very nicely done!!!

  47. I love it! Very nicely done!!!

  48. I love it! Very nicely done!!!

  49. I love it! Very nicely done!!!

  50. Awesome headboard and what a great idea buying the caning and doing it yourself.

  51. what a fantastic idea!!! and i love all teh colors in the room- so soothing. the wall color is great, love the bedside dresser and lamp- just awesome!!!

  52. what a fantastic idea!!! and i love all teh colors in the room- so soothing. the wall color is great, love the bedside dresser and lamp- just awesome!!!

  53. what a fantastic idea!!! and i love all teh colors in the room- so soothing. the wall color is great, love the bedside dresser and lamp- just awesome!!!

  54. what a fantastic idea!!! and i love all teh colors in the room- so soothing. the wall color is great, love the bedside dresser and lamp- just awesome!!!

  55. what a fantastic idea!!! and i love all teh colors in the room- so soothing. the wall color is great, love the bedside dresser and lamp- just awesome!!!

  56. what a fantastic idea!!! and i love all teh colors in the room- so soothing. the wall color is great, love the bedside dresser and lamp- just awesome!!!

  57. what a fantastic idea!!! and i love all teh colors in the room- so soothing. the wall color is great, love the bedside dresser and lamp- just awesome!!!

  58. what a fantastic idea!!! and i love all teh colors in the room- so soothing. the wall color is great, love the bedside dresser and lamp- just awesome!!!

  59. what a fantastic idea!!! and i love all teh colors in the room- so soothing. the wall color is great, love the bedside dresser and lamp- just awesome!!!

  60. what a fantastic idea!!! and i love all teh colors in the room- so soothing. the wall color is great, love the bedside dresser and lamp- just awesome!!!

  61. Poor guy:) Just kidding…I’m sure he understands why you must re-do all his things!!! Your new headboard looks outstanding!!!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  62. Are you kidding?? This is beautiful! Great job!

  63. I am so amazed by this makeover! I never ever would have seen that headboard and thought I could transform it in any way to make it look like the one from Ballard’s. Gorgeous!!

  64. Wow this looks so great! What a fab idea to use the caning – it looks like you bought it at some upscale store.
    Congrats!

  65. That is an amazing makeover

    Cheri from its so very cheri

  66. THIS IS AWESOME! I can’t not believe all the great things that people in the wonderful world of blog can do! We had water damage and excessive mold in my daughters room, so we had to strip it to the studs and start over once the leak was fixed. With my budget, I bought that Ballard’s Design headboard, but I will tell you…I LIKE YOURS BETTER! It is so great and I think the fact that you MADE it makes it that much more wonderful! It looks like a professional! I feel inadequate in blogland…I have an eye for beautiful things, but not so much any talent! I am so inspired here to get my act together! Come check out my daughter’s room at http://threepixielane.blogspot.com/2010/07/swedish-intent.html. Thank you for sharing!

  67. Stopping by from the Met Monday party!! How creative!! I didn’t realize you could buy the caning like that, but of course there isn’t much you can’t get on the internet these days!! This turned out just awesome and on a budget! I love it!

  68. gorgeous headboard. you turned an old junk to a beautiful piece. making my own headboard is in my list of projects too.

  69. STUNNING! Go you putting your own canning on!

  70. Jen, this is just perfect! You did such a great job — hopefully your hubby doesn’t mind since it looks fantastic! :)

  71. Wow! I had no idea you could do something like this. Gorgeous!

    -Rene

  72. That’s awesome. What a great transformation. I’m vising from the DIY showoff. I hope you’ll stop by my site also.

    Kristy
    http://www.illgetyoumypretties.blogspot.com

  73. REALLY nice job. So glad I found your blog. Following… :-) Hope you’ll stop by mine, too!

  74. Way to work with what you had! I never would have envisioned your current headboard becoming so much like your inspiration. The caning added so much detail and the white is so fresh. Beautiful work!

  75. Beautiful makeover! You just gave me the guts to try redoing the chair caning on a rocking chair I have. thanks!

  76. That is one fantastic makeover as everyone has said. You’ve done an amazing job and it’s a perfect choice of materials.

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  77. awesome job jen! i love everything about it!!

  78. I am SO impressed! I wonder if oil based paint would have not caused the caning to buckle. Latex paint has water in it, so I can see how that could happen. Anyway, glad it dried and shrank because it looks absolutely AMAZING!!! You did good! Love your site!

  79. I am revisiting this because I love it so much… how did you measure for this… on the site it says sold by the inch… is that square inches? I want to order some to recover the back of a furniture piece.
    Thanks for the info in advance!
    Michelle
    michelle@vintagejunky.com

  80. Elaina Comfortable@Home says:

    Wow. I bet sales of Caning materials are going to reach record highs this next couple months. Maybe I should buy stocks. After I buy some Caning that is. Inspiring.

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