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Something from almost nothing: DIY Cottage Headboards

April 27, 2010

Chers Amis,

Ever since I saw this post on how Remodelaholic made a DIY Headboard from Kitchen Cabinet door, I had been secretly itching to make headboards for Caddie and Scarlett’s  refreshed bedroom. They are finally finished and I wanted to share them with you and link to Just a Girl’s Show and Share Day and Kimba’s DIY day too at A Soft Pace to Land.

I say I was secretly itching to work on these beauties, because at that time dh was mired in building NEW shutters for le moulin and I knew he would not be amenable to yet another project. Also,  I didn’t have any nice old cabinet doors to paint; mine are all dumpster worthy. Hmm. So, I put that idea on hold …

…UNTIL dh pulled these mud-encrusted, rusty nail-studded, red shutters off the house. Eureka! Old shutters + scraps of leftover bead board from last summer’s front porch project = DIY Cottage-style twin bed headboard. Here is a short version of how we did it:

#1 –I removed all the nails, scrubbed the mud dauber’s nests, spiders webs , and caterpillar’s cocoons (no joke!) off the red shutters and gave them a good sanding on both sides. We didn’t want little fingers full of splinters.

#2 – After a bit of cajoling (and kissing), I convinced dh to remove the center battens from the red shutters and cut three of the shutters in half with his newish Cr.list. table saw (love it!).

#3 – The girls and I made a trip to HDepot where we purchased (2)42″ lengths of pre-primed 7″ wide MDF baseboard, two wood appliques, four outside corner baseboard blocks, 10′ of panel molding, and (2) 6’pieces of 1/2 decorative trim with little beads. (Truth be told, it took several trips to get all the supplies 🙂

#4 – I gave all the pieces two coats of a white satin finish all purpose paint by Rustoleum.

#5 – Using Liquid Nails, we glued the outside corner blocks to the cut edges of the baseboard and clamped it in place. We also centered the painted wood applique on the baseboard “topper”, applied a thin coat of LN the the back and pressed it in place.  It was too difficult to clamp, so I used painter’s tape and weighed it down with a can or two from my pantry (high tech, huh!).

#6 – Construction.  Dh and I flipped the baseboard topper face down and laid  the three half shutters on the back, carefully lining up the outside edges of the shutters and topper. Dh screwed them securely in place, centered the third shutter half and secured it as well.

#7 –  To provide stability, we cut a piece of 2×4 to fit along the bottom of the shutters. We left 4 inches from the edge on both sides to allow us to add the legs later. (See the legs in grey – paint them now!) This will be where the headboad is bolted to the bed.  Be sure to measure your bed to see how far apart the holes are.  Also, measure the distance from the floor to the top and bottom hole so you can pre-drill holes for the bolts!

#8 – Cut the beadboard to the desired width and length. We had two piecs of BB left over from last summer that were 29″ long.  Dh cut the width to allow the addition of a thin piece of ‘panel’ molding along the raw edge.  It was about 1 inch wide with a little lip that covers the edge. At ony $1 a linear foot, it was perfec for the budget! We painted, cut, and glued the molding to the edges of the beadboard and gave the whole unit a few coats of our satin white paint.

#9 – Flip the headboard over and apply a coat of LN or another strong adhesive to the shutters.  This will hold the bead board section in place without the need of nails.  Place the BB flush with the topper and even with the edges.  (We were off a touch but it still looks great!) Clamp and wait for it to dry.

#10 – Add a thin line of decorative or shoe molding along the seam between the topper and the BB and along the very bottom edge of the BB for a very nice finished look. At this point, I gave everything a quick touch up coat of paint.  It covers all sorts of scratches, nicks, and imperfections.

#11 – Based on your measurements of the distance from the floor to the bottom support, cut and attach 2x4s for ‘feet’. Be sure to paint them!  I did not (impatient/lazy) so now I will have to artfully arrange Caddie’s bed skirt or try to paint them in situe. It would have been sooo much easier to do it before we cut,but it was left over primed wood from dh’s enormous new shutter project.

#12 – Carry very solid, lourd headboard up a flight of stairs and attach to bed-frame with heavy-duty bolts.  Gorgeous!


PS – Check back soon.  I should have a DIY post on DH’s custom shutters and a reveal on Caddie and Scarlett’s room!

2 Comments leave one →
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