I’m not sure why all our DIY projects seem to take FOREVER but it could be that we’re just like you and have full time jobs and family obligations and church activities and on and on.
So we won’t talk about the fact that we revealed our master bedroom makeover last August and I’m just now getting the DIY headboard tutorial onto the blog!
Our budget bedroom makeover stemmed from the ghastly gold walls and hodge podge accessories. It.was.not.pretty.
If you look closely enough you can see the headboard matched the furniture.
Okay, maybe you shouldn’t look TOO close.
I actually (and yes, that was me!) chalk painted the headboard to go with the rest of the room makeover before we changed directions and gave it to our newlywed son.
My DIY hubby is going to share all the pertinent details. Have at it, sweetie!
One of the perks of being in a construction-related business is that you can claim any discards from job-sites that might be re-purposed. Such is the case with this project and these louvered closet doors. I salvaged these from a client that preferred new solid wood doors installed, and they made the trip home!
I didn’t know what they would become, only that they would become. The day came when that need was revealed…a re-purposed headboard!
Given the structure of these doors, I really only had two choices as far as sizing the headboard; using the larger top section or the shorter bottom section. In either case, the door would be cut horizontally at the center brace.
This is far easier than cutting through the slats and then trying to re-build the door. I was also pretty sure that I wanted more headboard to show above the mattress and bedding than the small section would allow, once installed.
After that decision, I just marked a line across the center of the brace where the door would be cut. Each of two sets received the same treatment from here forward.
Flat on saw horses…cut with circular saw. Nothing much more at this step.
That really is it as far as cutting and sizing! Here is my headboard ready for the paint department to take over…oh, wait. That’s me, too!
Now, here’s the interesting part. We knew we wanted a distressed look, but doing so through white paint over pine was not going to provide the desired result. So, I sprayed a light coat of Rustoleum metallic gray aerosol paint over the entire surface. This would allow me to chalk paint (white) over the gray and then distress back down to expose the gray. Sounds like an extra step, but it made the difference we were looking for.
I’m guessing you could get a similar result by just chalk painting and using a dark wax to achieve the distressed look, but I just don’t like that dark wax.
Why metallic paint? It’s just what I happened to have in my shop! No sense buying something when you can use what you already have.
This didn’t have to be solid coverage. I just wanted enough to show through when sandpaper was used to distress. Two light coats did the trick.
This picture shows the process of chalk painting over the top of the gray spray paint. Painting louvered doors is a pain! It is one of my least favorite surfaces to tackle, so it’s a good thing you don’t have to be perfect with chalk paint!
I used two coats of Annie Sloan Pure White and a clear wax, but Marty has also used Americana Chalky Paint from DecoArt on home decor accessories and it’s a cheaper option with tons of color options. (You can find the paint here, as well as the wax.)
Now on to the distressing! (Marty: I did that part! Because it’s kinda hard to mess it up!)
And here we are, all sanded and ready to use! Remember, I used two sets of doors, so there are four panels, attached with hinges at the center joint.
Just a closer look at the other two panels. Oh! Don’t forget to wax! I used clear wax.
And here they are installed. Ideally, you want to screw through the panels into the wall studs. If that is not possible, just pre-drill the holes, marking the wall where the screw lands. Install wall anchors of your choice and then drive screws through the panel and into the anchors.
I originally also attached the bed frame to the panels, but everything squeaked with the slightest movement, so I nixed that and just left them independent of each other.
From Marty: Here you can see the headboard installed, but I wasn’t quite done with the finished piece.
The fabric rag banner (all the details here) and the “always kiss me goodnight” sign just completed the makeover, don’t you think?
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