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Shabby Chic Headboard that started it all....

This morning I posted pic's here of what I do to relax... smash china.  But it wouldn't be complete without the story of what started it all, my first cracked, hammered and smashed project 9 years ago.

If someone would of told me someday I'd want to smash plates with 22 carat gold rims I'd of thunk.... ummmm no...

The story goes like this..... 
Oldest daughter moving in at college (9 years ago).  
Sad after dropping her off so we stop in to visit friends on the way home.  
Friend is making a very detailed mosaic table.   
Me- What is this mosaic thing you are doing?  How do you do that?  Smash stuff?  Glue?  I can do that! 
Friend - Thrift store is having a Labor Day 50% off sale Monday, wanna go?   
Me -  If they have plates... YEAH! 

At the time we were re-doing daughter #2's bedroom and she needed a creative headboard.  So at the thrift store's 50% off sale I buy everything in pink and black.

I wanted to make it personal and added a couple of these lipstick cases.  My mom had given them to my girls to play with and smear all over their faces and my carpet.  I wanted that never to happen to another child in my home again, so I immortalized the lipstick in cement.

This horseshoe is special.  Brawn and I bought it 32 years ago to hang on our wall for good luck.  Did you know you should always turn horseshoes open end up?  Otherwise your luck runs out.

By that night Brawn had made me a form, (because I said NOW and meant it - I'm in the zone - the ready to craft zone). 

Using the pool table as my craft area, I smash everything I bought and bark out orders to the family - "don't anyone talk to me till I finish thisYou want to eat?, make your own... and bring me some". 

Glue, smash, glue, smash.  BRAWN... I NEED MORE BLACK STUFF WHAT 'YA GOT???  Old marble tile?  SURE!

24 hours later the headboard was ready for grout.  The size is about 57 inches wide and almost the same tall.  Two days after grouting it's hanging over daughters bed and she loves it.  After that I was hooked on smashing plates.  I amassed a plate collection of about 200, so many Brawn had to vacate one of his new shelves in the garage for my stash. 

My friend has hundreds more.  Years later I borrow a couple hundred additional plates from her and serve up a wedding using mis-matched patterns for daughter #1.  I also never use paper plates again when company comes.

I grabbed whatever was around, like mugs and cups.  I left the handles in tact.

My plate collection gets around.  I have rented them out for receptions for brides who also want miss-matched plates for a shabby chic look.

Linking the headboard up to:


  1. OH MY GOSH, this is totally unbelievable!!! And it reminds me of that movie with Meryl Streep where she says, "More is more!" xo Cindy
    ((((hugs)))) to you!

  2. It's easy to see why she loves it - it looks fantastic !

  3. That is an amazing headboard! You have a great eye for placing the pieces and different elements and bringing it together wonderfully!

  4. I love the headboard! Thanks for sharing even more inspiration!

  5. You weren't kidding that you started out big! What a unique piece!

  6. What a great job! Love the lipstick story / addition. Awesome. I love the little red heart next to it as well. : )..

    1. Thanks. I enjoy making them, it's not rocket science, and most of my friends would never take the time to make something like that so they enjoy receiving the gift. I like the color the stuff adds outside. That is where my favorite projects are at.

      Did you know you are a "no-reply blogger"?.

  7. I have always wanted to try this on a table top. It looks great...

  8. So so amazing and creative! Seriously, a head board? And the personal touches (the never to be smeared on my carpet lipstick) are so perfect.


  9. Such a funny post, and interesting.I've seen a few of those mosaics done aroun here and always wanted to attempt one but I never have. Hopefully one day soon I will go for it! Love the pink and black, and the handle sticking out looks so cool.
    Eileen @ Cottage beach house

  10. Anonymous1/26/2012

    I now know what I will do if my mother surprises us with a tube of lipstick for my daughter. I will run straight to her house, grab some plates and have a mosaic party! This is a great piece and I adore the mug with the handle.

  11. That is incredible, especially the horse shoe!

  12. I love that, I would so want to so that on a whole wall in a small bathroom or something!


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