Dumpster Delights: Headboard Turned Shabby Chic Shelf

This is my first roadside find. Pretty sure it was a headboard before I got ahold of it. I was inspired by Infarrantly Creative’s “Roadkill Rescued” posts (here) to spy people’s “trash”. This headboard called my name. I thought I would be a little embarassed, but quite the contrary. I was empowered. I just knew something lovely was going to come of this abandoned treasure to be.

I sanded lightly, then sprayed 2 coats rustoleum gloss black spray paint (dry in between 1 hour). I removed the plywood backing, sanded and wiped with damp cloth, then adhered scrapbook paper (4 12×12 in sheets, making sure to line up the stripes). I used matte gel medium applied with sponge brush to the back of the paper, smoothing out air bubbles with my AWESOME new brayer (again, thanks to Infarrantly Creative’s tip, here). Thank you bunches, Beckie. This thing is fantastic applying scrapbook paper to wood, something I do often. I can’t believe I went so long without it. Mod Podge would work here too, but I prefer the matte gel. The adhesion is seamless, and it is not as messy, for me anyway. I stamped speckles onto the scrapbook paper with Ranger Distress Fire Brick Red, and inked around the edges using Ranger Distressed Vintage Photo. I nailed the back into place and sprayed 2 coats of Mod Podge clear acrylic sealer, with 15 min dry time in between. That is it. Keep your eyes peeled on trash day!
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