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Vintage Boxspring to Wall Art

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Isn’t it great when unexpected circumstances put us in the right place at just the right time?

This was a lesson I learned one gray, misty Sunday afternoon, as my son and I left for the mall.

The sport coat that had been altered while he was away at school still didn’t fit.  Grrrr.  What an aggravation.

Vintage Boxspring Turned Into Wall Art

On the way out of the neighborhood, in fact, just a few houses down the street, my neighbor had just dragged an old boxspring to the curb for garbage pickup the next morning.   And, this was not just any old box spring.  It was about 75-years-old and in perfect condition.

Vintage Boxspring Turns Into Wall Art

Unfortunately, it also weighed about 75 pounds, was a full-size spring, and wouldn’t fit inside my car.  Again, with the grrrr!  As we threw it back to the ground, my heart broke into a thousand pieces.  I thought my chances of getting this little beauty home were gone forever.

Vintage Boxspring Turned into Wall Art

Then, it hit me.  Just get the guys to use one of our hand carts and roll it down the street.  Yes, roll it down the street.  Yes, in the misting rain.

Vintage Boxspring Turned Into Wall Art

And, that’s exactly how this sweet piece made it home.  I’m sorry there are no pictures of it laying on the curb or of its comical ride down the slippery hill and up the steep driveway, but the rain was just too much for my camera or phone to manage.  In fact, we just had to drop the springs onto the driveway and leave it…….for several days…..until the weather finally cleared.

Vintage Boxspring Turns Into Wall Art

Once the sun popped out, it was power washed and allowed to thoroughly dry.  Then, the top part of the springs was brushed with a creamy-white chalk paint and then slightly covered again with some diluted brown glaze.  The rest of the orignal, chippy, rusty, teal goodness wasn’t altered.

To support the weight of the springs on the wall, a shelf the width of the box spring was constructed.  Four brackets, that could hold 150 pounds each, were installed into four studs.  Then, the shelf and the brackets were painted the color of the wall.

Vintage Boxspring Turned Wall Art - The Shelf

To secure the box spring to the wall, a type of wood cleat had to be constructed.  See how the springs sit on the shelf, but the flat area of the boxspring is a few inches away from the wall?  A cleat was built to reach out to this flat area of the springs so that a screw could secure the springs to the wall.

Vintage Boxspring Turns Into Wall Art

It really isn’t a difficult build.  I just measured the distance from the wall to the flat side of the frame, then stacked wood strips until it created the right fit.  For my space, three stacked furring strips worked perfectly.  Then, each of the strips was cut to 24 inches in length.  To make the stack, the first strip was attached to the wall studs.  Then, the other two strips were attached to the first strip and into the wall.

Vintage Boxsprings Turns Into Wall Art - Wall Attachment

Two of these cleats were used, one at the shelf level and one at the top.  The picture below is a view of the top cleat.


Once this step is complete, it’s time to accessorize.

Vintage Boxspring Turns Into Wall Art

The first layer on the springs is a refinished piece that I made from upcycled bifold doors.  The second layer is an upcycled mirror in a refinished frame.  And, the third layer is a store-bought wreath.  The lamps were refinished….huuuum…. about four times  🙁  … but that’s another story………and topped with new store-bought burlap shades.

Vintage Boxspring Turned Into Wall Art

Now, everytime I look at that boxspring, I wonder, “What if the sport coat alterations hadn’t needed a redo?  And, what if the redo hadn’t been put-off until the last minute?” It’s likely that I wouldn’t have been out on that rainy Sunday afternoon and equally likely that I would have missed the thrift score of my lifetime.

Vintage Boxsprings Turns Into Wall Art

This story is shared to make a point.

Maybe, the next time something doesn’t go quite right….

is the perfect time to just go with it.

Because, sometimes buried within those aggravating moments,

can be any kind of wonderful thing…

…..that is only possible

when unexpected circumstances cause a change in direction…


put us in a totally unexpected right place

at a totally unexpected right time.


Until next time,

Keep celebrating the unexpected,





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  • Reply Toni | smallhomesoul.com April 2, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    This is a fantastic find and I’m seriously impressed that your hubby agreed to hanging it on the wall. I think mine would think I’d lost my mind. It seriously looks awesome, great job!!

    • Reply theChelseaProject April 2, 2016 at 11:32 pm

      Lol.. I don’t remember asking him. Lol. I just remember saying “trust me…I have a plan” … I developed the hanging mechanism and built it and the rest is history.

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  • Reply Sam@Raggedy Bits May 4, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Oh my Susie!! This is BRILLIANT!! I just love what you have done! It looks amazing!! I felt exactly the same when I saw my recent mattress on the kerbside and nearly couldn’t get it home. What a great way you managed to get it home also! 🙂

    • Reply theChelseaProject May 4, 2016 at 9:43 pm

      Thanks Sam…. Yes, the big drag home in the rain just adds to the great story drama….LOL…

  • Reply SheilaG- PlumDoodles June 2, 2016 at 10:42 am

    The box springs look amazing on the wall. That sounds so funny, but it’s true. 😀 I love all the layers you added.

    • Reply theChelseaProject June 2, 2016 at 7:22 pm

      Thanks, Shelia. We love the unique look it adds to our traditional home.

  • Reply Toni @ Small Home Soul June 4, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Susie, thank you for linking your very creative bedspring art with us at Waste Not Wednesday link party, (http://www.smallhomesoul.com/waste-not-wednesday-link-party-1/). I would never have thought to bring this inside but it is just beautiful!

    Please come visit us again.

  • Reply Denise June 7, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Love this project….so creative and such a great repurpose.

    • Reply theChelseaProject June 8, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks so much.. Denise..

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    • Reply theChelseaProject June 8, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks so much for the feature…. I’m so honored….

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    • Reply theChelseaProject June 8, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks so much for the feature. I’m so honored….

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      Thanks so much for the feature…I’m so honored.

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