Monday, September 19, 2011

Tween Girl Room: Headboard

Having redone the older boys' room recently I figured I should turn my attention to the 3 kid rooms upstairs (the girls and K2). I've started on Erin's redo first only because the idea for it seems to be falling together first (Erin has had some fun ideas for her room that I think are pretty cool. Yay for my creative 7 year old).

The first project for her room was getting the full size bed in and the twin bunk bed out. In order to get the full in she was going to need a headboard. I saw this on Pinterest (originally from here) and loved the idea. Now, I don't have any salvaged wood so I went new. Also, for the theme I working on in there I thought "grow" would be a good word to put on hers instead of "love".

I cut 5 1x6 boards (about $3.50 each) down to 54" and 2 1x3 to 48"

I stained the front and sides of the boards and used the 1x3 for legs. The square made sure I had it all at the correct angle. I left 20" at the bottom for the legs (the height of the mattress comes to 21 so it will overlap a tiny bit) and inset the legs a little so they weren't visible from the sides. I did add another piece of wood in the middle, that isn't pictured here, so the whole thing wouldn't tilt later (needed!).

I made stencils for the letters from printer paper, one sheet each for the r and the o and two sheets for the g and the w. The ruler was definitely my friend here but I free handed quite a bit. To make the o symetrical I folded it in half one way, traced against a window, and then folded the other way and traced that side. That way all 4 sides would be the same. I did the same for the top part of the g as well.

Then I traced the outline of the letters with a pencil. It was barely visible on the stain color, which is perfect so that if I missed painting over a few bits (and I did) then it wouldn't be noticeable.

And voila! One full size headboard for about $20 for lumber and stain (paint I already had left over).

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  1. Would LOVE it if you would link this project up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!!

  2. LOVE this! I need something like this (and in these colors) for my craft room. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. This is the best headboard I have seen for a kid, ever! I love it! I think I want to do this as just a wall hanging in the kids' room. I LOVE it! Perfect!
    You did such a great job!
    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking...

  4. very pretty, I love the contrast of the paint against the dark stain. such a creative idea!

  5. Wow!! Really love this! Definitely a new follower!

  6. Seeing as how my last name is Grow, I love it!

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  8. This is great! I want to do this for my own bed!! :)

  9. you did such an awesome job! I really want to do this for our bed, but it's a King! Under 20 bucks! Wow! Thanks for sharing!

    Kelli @


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