Before & After: McCobb Headboard

My use of the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser on my Pro-Keds was just a bonus side trip on the road to its original intention.

Last fall, we won a McCobb headboard on ebay for $50. We picked it up in Connecticut en route to our anniversary weekend spent in Concord, MA. While we were loading the piece into our car, the guy told us to just take it – no charge. It had been part of his mother’s bedroom set, and he was glad to see it go to a good home. Nice! (But, I do wish we had gotten a few of the other pieces of the set…)

The headboard is not in perfect condition (but, hey, neither is anything else in our house). Overall, though it’s a solid piece. The top had a lot of water rings (many bedtime water glasses) and scratches (more like graffiti), and the sliding grasscloth panels had some nonuniform staining. So, I applied Howard Restore-A-Finish in Golden Oak (the lightest shade available at our Home Depot) to all the wood, and Erased away with all my might on the sliding panels. And here are the results:

As distracting as that nasty wall paneling is, I hope you can see why I am so happy with the way the panels came out (not quite as happy as I was about my Pro-Keds, though!).

As for the wood – most of the water rings have been greatly reduced. But, I’m thinking we should have used the lighter Maple/Pine shade of Restore-A-Finish (the piece is maple, afterall). Because now, the scratches are more accentuated. Now, we can more clearly see that, at some point, someone really wanted us all to “Eat at Joe’s”.

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6 thoughts on “Before & After: McCobb Headboard

  1. I don’t know, I kinda like the scratches and graffiti…they give the piece some character and provenance. Are there any scratches on the front? Because I can’t see any on the photo. Anyway, it’s a really cool piece, especially for free!

  2. Tim said the same thing. :) And as deep as the scratches are, it would require a lot of sanding to get them out. They are mostly on the far end of the top surface. There’s just one scratch on the front (under the left side of the middle panel) and that may end up covered by a pillow anyway. At this point, it’s good enough for us!

  3. Hello,

    Great job. I’m starting a similar project on a sideboard and wondered if by “erasing” you literally meant that you were using an eraser? I’ll probably just leave the grasscloth alone as the sideboard has not seen as much oil as a headboard would.

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