Loblolly Manor: Guest Bedroom Headboard Makeover

Today, I’m giving all the credit for this guest bedroom headboard makeover to my crazy creative Dad who took two headboards and made them into one like a total boss!

As you guys know, my Mom and I are always dreaming and scheming up all sorts of home décor ideas because we work on so many different projects together.  Even when I draw her a primitive sketch of what I’m thinking, she “gets it,” or at least she acts like she does ha ha.

Well, one day early last year we were strolling the aisles of the charity shop in our hometown and we found a gorgeous vintage headboard.  On the outside it was a perfectly patinaed linen color that had pale pink underneath when it chipped.

And it was $5.

I am kicking myself or not taking a picture of it because it was next level fabulous.

The reason we were shopping in the first place is because we wanted to replace the headboard in the guest bedroom.

I mean it wasn’t awful or anything and the headboard was definitely still functional.  It’s just that even after we gave it a makeover in 2015, it still felt a little too modern for the style of the rest of the room.

As soon as my Mom and I saw the shape of that vintage headboard though, we knew it would be amazing in the guestroom.  But – and this is a big but – we had no idea how we were going to merge the two pieces given we needed the height of one headboard and the style of the other.

Dad to the rescue though, right? As you can see here, he kept the basic shell of the old headboard.

Then added different pieces of wood until it was built up far enough to reach the size my Mom envisioned.

Looking back, we were basically asking him to go all patchwork quilt style and create a French vintage inspired headboard.

I should probably inert here, we found this applique while at the Renningers Extravaganza last year and called him with a last minute add request.

He might have the personality of Rambo but he’s a fantastic problem solver and loves a challenge, so he made it work perfectly.

I think might have even added 2 more smaller appliques on each post since then.

My Mom chose these blush pink sheets. They are super soft and have such a vintage feel too.  I wish I had gotten a set for my bedroom too, but they sold out before I could order them.  I’m keeping my eyes peeled though so if they ever come back in stock, I’ll let you guys know.

Once the new sheets and a French linen coverlet was in place, it was all about adding layers of pillows with subtle textures and matelassé.

Even now as I look back on this project and these pictures, it’s hard to believe this…

became this!

You can find out how we painted this once 80s orange guestroom nightstand here, how we gave the dresser that matched the modern headboard a makeover here and the desk makeover that’s currently on the other side of the bed in this post.

Have you guys ever patched together a piece of furniture like we did for this guestroom headboard makeover?

I’ll see you guys back here tomorrow.  It’s been a great week celebrating birthdays, shopping for a new buffet, and painting the dining room.  I’ll share scenes from our week, menu ideas and all our favorite things from around the web.  Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. Another inspiring, beautiful project! You nailed it Coco. And mom. And dad. Bravo!

    1. Thanks so much, Anne! I will pass your praise along to them both. Since I know them so well – they will tell me to tell you – they appreciate it 🙂 Big hugs, CoCO

  2. This is such a pretty room. I love those pink sheets. Can you share where you got them? Thanks

    1. These are from the Lauren Conrad line at Kohls and they’re fabulous, Sarah. I would love to get a set for myself so I’m keeping my eyes peeled too and will let you know when they’re back in stock. Let us know if you see them first though 🙂 Hugs, CoCo

  3. Shelia P. says:

    Hi Coco! Love the headboard creation! What a great Dad you have, and a Mom to help too! You know what would make it really pop is if you rubbed in a little of that antique gold guilting in that decor wood piece you added. Check out Soft Surroundings French headboards and see what you think? Make it stand out so you can see it a little better. Just a thought.. Thanks for sharing and enjoy the rest of your week!
    Shelia P.

    1. Love this fabulous idea, Shelia! Oh my word, that whole line from Soft Surroundings is next level gorgeous, right? I love it all. I think my parents added a few embellishments to the frame after I left so using a bit of Antique Gold would definitely help it pop. Thanks so much for the tip. Hugs, CoCo

  4. Shelia P. says:

    I typed gilding but auto correct changed it to gilding ha! You can get it in little tubes on Amazon, great stuff! ?

    1. That is such a great idea, Shelia! It would really help bring out all the detailing too. We’ll look that up lady, thank you so much. Hugs, CoCo

  5. CoCo- Rambo is fantastic! We wish that you would lend him out LOL! What a fabulous job – from the find, to the dream to the execution. Just beautiful. Team Goat did it again! Much love.

    1. When he said he was going to have to piece those headboards together, I had NO idea how it was going to even turn out. Talk about a lesson in trust 🙂 Thankfully, he pulled it off like he always does. We’re lucky to have him. Hugs, CoCo

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