Headboard Shelf






At the end of this post, tell me about things in your home that have been passed around your family.  

In our family, my Grandma is famous for witty sayings such as; "necessity is the mother of invention".  Case in point, this shelf made by Grannie herself…









It started life as a twin headboard. 

After Grannie (a seasoned Antique Dealer) got a hold of it, it became a shelf.  She removed the bed posts, sawed off the bottom of the headboard and screwed the pieces together on a 90 degree angle. Then, she added the brackets and vintage iron hooks.



It eventually found it's way to my Mothers Cottage where it lived a short life as a hall tree at the front door. When it was my turn to have it, I put it to use as a towel rack in the master bath.  






It never stayed anywhere long enough to get a real name (it may end up as a pot rack someday. I have contemplated that a few times).  Therefore, we refer to it as the "Whatchamacallit". 








Grannies whatchamacallit is one of my favorite pieces.  Not only because it's a unique piece made from vintage furniture, but because it has a history in our family.  


Do you have a piece of furniture in your home that has made the rounds in your family?  
What is it, and where has it been?  

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25 comments:

  1. This is so nice!! I love it..and a great spot for it!
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    With all my heart...Deborah :)

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  2. What a lovely shelf and the history behind it makes it special! It's perfect for the powder room!

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  3. You've got one cool Grannie!! Gorgeous shelf! :)

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  4. I heart this! I love that there is a history behind it. Is it weird that I just want to hang out in that powder room. So charming. Have a great weekend!

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  5. What a cool family heirloom! I love that your grandmother did that! It is great that it is mulit-functional too!

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  6. Very beautiful and very clever! I love items that have a family history. Thank you for sharing! Check out my 100th posting giveaway!

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  7. That is gorgeous! Your granny was ahead of the times!

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  8. Love this repurposed shelf! very pretty!

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  9. Of course I'm wanting to see the before and during pictures but sometimes that's just not possible. Darn! Great piece.

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  10. What a great shelf and something special to you now. Your grandma was pretty creative and it looks great in the bath!

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  11. Way to go Grannie! I love it in the bathroom, it looks perfect ;0)

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  12. Oh I absolutely LOVE this!!!
    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  13. Oh this is soooo sweet! I too love the background story on it...wish I had a grannie to make me some pretty shelves : ) Have a fantastic weekend. Stacey

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  14. Beautiful job Grannie! I'm loving her creativity!

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  15. What a lovely shelf and the history behind it makes it special!

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  16. Aesop coined the idiom "necessity is the mother of invention" in his fable "The Crow and The Pitcher". This actually predates Plato's use of it by nearly a century.

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  17. Absolutely LOVE this!! Will be scouring the thrift stores asap! By the way, do you know the name/manufacturer of the paint color on the walls? It's just lovely!
    kaorx44 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  18. Lovely shelf and the color is nice too :)

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  19. Sometimes I am still really shocked at how some people think. This is one of those times. It is awesome.

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  20. Sometimes I am still shocked by how some people think. This is one of those times. What a clever and really well done idea.

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  21. I WOULD LOVE 2 OF THESE GORGEOUS "SHELVES"......WHY NOT MAKE AND SELL THEM
    ON A SITE LIKE "ETSY"....I HAVE OSTEOARTHRITIS IN MY HANDS AND CARPAL TUNNEL.
    ANY THOUGHTS????
    ASHLEYYJAMES

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