I think we junkers all have at one time or another been told we are hoarders. My children like to throw that word around, albeit as they are tripping over a pile of 35+ picture frames strategically placed on the floor. Let me define the differences:
A hoarder likes to collect and save things. A junker likes to collect and save things.
A hoarder sees value in what others see as garbage. A junker sees value in what others see as garbage.
A hoarder has more "stuff" than she can possibly ever use or need. A junker may have more "stuff" than she can possibly ever use (I do periodically go through and take some crud, aka treasures to the thrift store or dump).
A hoarder does not want to part with her junk, she stresses out and experiences anxiety if the junk is removed. A junker is HAPPY to find a use for her junk, happy to create with it and change it and sell it.
Okay, so even though I have been packing this headboard around for 14 years, I finally found a use for it--SEE, I am a JUNKER not a hoarder.
I realize the headboard bench has been around for several years and I could have made this years ago but, I wasn't inspired to do so, I thought the headboard had a different calling.
But, when I was asked to make a bench for a wedding I wanted to use what I had so this headboard was the ticket. I picked it up when I first became a junker. It had tall posts and was partially stripped. I cut the posts down to use for another project.
I tried to strip the rest of the paint off because my customer wanted the bench to be unfinished wood. They are having guests write wishes for them on it--isn't that a fun keepsake?
Some of the old paint was ingrained in the wood of the headboard so I painted a very watered down cream paint and then sanded it. It is nice and smooth and a great surface for writing on. I did spray a light coat of a clear sealer so the Sharpies do not bleed.
The customer is happy. I am happy that this lovely headboard has found a new home and use. I am happy to be a junker!