I am so excited to share this project. Like, I’ve been sitting on it for a week waiting for the perfect day to style and photograph this baby so I could share it because I want it to be perfect.
You could see a glimpse of this project in my earlier post about my
little hoarder dipped jewelry dish. It’s one of those project that I dreamt up late at night while trying to fall asleep, then spent half the night thinking and planning before rushing off to the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore the next morning to pick up my supplies.
My middle two daughters share this room and queen-sized bed, and I’ve been itching to get a headboard up for them since we switched their bunk bed out for this. I could never find exactly the right one that I was willing to either spend the moolah on or pull the trigger and DIY. For a while I was sure I would do some version of a tufted, upholstered headboard for them, but then I remembered–these are my girls. Within 30 minutes of an upholstered headboard going up, there was sure to be a nail polish mishap or a lip gloss attack or a marker party. Whatever I put on this wall had to be completely scrubbable.
And here it is! I made this headboard out of molding scraps and cast-offs from the ReStore.
I spent $27 on all this, plus another $10 at the local hardware store where I purchased two eight-foot MDF door casing pieces and two eight-foot 1×3 pieces of white wood. So for around $40, I have a completely unique and special feature wall for my girls’ room.
Let’s get to the nitty-gritty of how I put this all together, shall we?
For starters, here is what this wall looked like before (unmade bed, kid-shelved books, and all).
No pillow shams, no accent pillows, just a duvet and two sleeping pillows. Each girl has a bookcase nightstand (more on those to come) to keep her treasures on, but the bed itself was pretty underwhelming. I measured the width of the mattress and googled around to see how wide a standard queen headboard is. I settled on 62″ for this space and wanted the headboard to go at least 36″ above the mattress.
Some of my molding pieces were longer than 62″ inches, but some were shorter. I marked off the long ones and use my miter saw to cut them all down, then I organized the shorter pieces and the left over ends by width. I knew I wanted some of the “slats” of my headboard to be composed of two different pieces of molding, so I needed to know which pieces would go together to create one row.
I then marked the finished dimensions I wanted off on the floor of my garage with painters’ tape and got to work. Below is a shot of the finished configuration, but it took a bit of playing to get it just right.
This part is like a big jig saw puzzle. I generally used wider boards and pieces of molding at the base of the headboard to add more visual weight at the bottom, and I tried to intersperse plain wood pieces with molding so that there wasn’t too much smooth next to smooth. A few of the matched-up rows of two pieces had portions hanging off the end, so I marked and cut those down to size. I also made sure to stagger the seams where two lengths of molding or wood met so that they were spread across the headboard.
Finally, I noticed that in a few places, the two wood pieces that were the same width were wildly different depths. I decided to angle the ends of the thicker pieces to help transition from piece to piece instead of having such a strong angle. An easy way to help me remember which angle I wanted to cut the piece to was to simply mark my boards accordingly.
Once I had everything cut and laid out exactly where I wanted it, I turned each board over and numbered it on the back with a sharpie. Don’t skip this step! You think you’ll remember or you can refer back to a photo, but in the long run, numbering is soooo much quicker.
This is the photo I instagrammed that had every single one of my local friends that I saw that week asking “WHAT are you making????” After marking all the numbers, I roughed up the fronts of each board and molding piece to make sure my primer would adhere nicely. A few of the molding pieces had clearly come out of homes and had paint chipping away, cracks, and other flaws, so they got sanded a bit more thoroughly.
So, after sanding everything, I spread a picnic blanket on my daughter’s bed, moved it and the bookcases back off the wall, and got to work. I used my brad nailer to secure each piece of the headboard in place, checking for level with each one.
As I saw the headboard taking shape, I got really excited.
I carefully measured the spacing for the top, tapered pieces. Once everything was secure, I filled all the nail holes with wood putty, smoothed down the excess with a sanding sponge, then sprayed the whole piece with 409 cleaner and wiped away all the dust. Then I taped off the edges and got to priming!
I was quite concerned as I primed because I had a few pieces of unfinished oak molding that yellowed horribly with the first coat of primer. The second went on a little cleaner, and then I used two coats of Valspar’s Ultra Kitchen & Bath Paint+Primer that I had left over from my kitchen cabinets, and that seemed to cover up the last of the yellowing.
I am so happy with how this project turned out. I love how the headboard breaks up all the pink on the wall and connects the two bookcases on either side. Eventually the wood-finish bookcase will get painted the same blue as the other, but it’s just one of many items on my list at the moment.
I also love that the edges are slightly imperfect (seems to be a theme lately, huh?). The different profiles of the wood trim pieces used are so interesting to me, and I love that texture behind the pillows I found to complete their bedding set.
At this point, I am planning to go back in and cauk the joints between the trim and wood pieces. In hindsight, I should have done this while I was filling in nail holes before I started priming, but as is usually the case with me, I was anxious to jump ahead. I am working on slowing down and doing a project right the first time, I promise! So just imagine that all those little nooks are filled in.
So, what do you think? Am I a crazy lady who nailed random pieces of wood to her wall? Or a brilliant visionary *snort*? Really, I’m just happy momma with two thrilled little girls. And for that–nailed it!
Really, though, I could see endless variations of this type of treatment. A whole wall of interesting molding and reclaimed wood pieces, all painted or stained in the same tone could be gorgeous–sort of an update of the ubiquitous DIY planked walls that are everywhere. Can you see it?
Linking up with Home Stories A to Z and Miss Mustard Seed!
I’m also sharing this in East Coast Creative’s Creating with the Stars Upcycle link up. Have you seen the amazing entries in the Creating with the Stars contest? Who did you vote for?