Tuesday, November 1, 2011

My Master Bedroom - Headboard Tutorial

I am so excited to start sharing all the tutorials for my new master bedroom with all of you. 


Isn't it so pretty and peaceful???  Right after I finished it all, my husband and I both stood there looking at it (it was too nice to touch), then we both turned to each other and at the same time we both said "It is so tranquil in here."   I am still working on making a comforter, but for now I will share the tutorials for the headboard, lampshades, night stands, chair re-do, minky blanket, ruffle pillow, and wall molding.  And by the time I get through all of those tutorials hopefully I will have a pretty new blanket on the bed.  And maybe a new bed skirt.... hmmmm.  


Today I am going to share with all of you how made my headboard.  I love it.  The boards I chose where 1X8 pine boards cut to 60 inches.  As usual I had the guys at Home Depot cut them for me.  (It saves so much time.)    I also bought two 1X4s, and a box of 2.5 inch wood screws and about 8.5 yards of fabric for the curtains.


After painting and adding some wood molding to the wall I started the headboard by screwing the 1x4s into the studs in the wall.  I used 4 screws per piece of wood.  Next, starting at the ceiling I nailed the 1x8 into the boards using 4 nails per piece.  I saved out 2 pieces of 1x8 to create to cornice box thingy at the top.


To create the cornice box top I first took pieces of 2x2 cut to 8 inches long.  I screwed them into the ceiling with 3 screws.  Then I measured the length from the wall to the end of the 2x2 add 1 inch and cut down one of the boards I set aside, so I had 2 shorter pieces of the 1x8.


I nailed the shorter piece into the headboard and the 2x2 on each side.  Then I nailed in the long board on the front (one nail into the 2x2 from the front and 3 from the short piece on the side.)  To nail in the long board I did also have to get husband to hold the board up while I nailed it in.  So you will want to have someone helpful on hand unless you have 3 hands, then you are good to go.



Then I used Minwax Water Based Express Color satin in walnut, mixed with water, to satin the wood.  I wanted it to have a kinda old look to it and watering down the satin really helped achieve that look.    I used a dry brush to apply it in sections and then used a lint free clean cloth the rub it in.

Once the stain was dry I used a staple gun to hang the curtain.  To make the curtains I cut the fabric to the height of the wall.  Then I folded over the bottom to hem it and left it folded in half so both sides of the curtain where the pretty side of the fabric.  When stapling the fabric to the cornice box I made sure the fabric would just barely pool at the floor.  I stapled each end to the inside ends of the cornice box.  Then I found the middle of the fabric and stapled it to the middle and then stapled those middles.


It makes such a great statement in the room.  Or maybe it just seems so awesome because of what was there before.


Yeah.... My room was just that good looking before.  We have been married for over 8 years and we had a rubbermaid container for a nightstand and a mattress on a frame.  In my defense, we were in school 6 of those 8 years and college student are poor people.

Make sure you check back for the other tutorials.


25 comments:

  1. Amazing transformation! Love the wood on boards for your headboard! It looks great! Awesome job!

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  2. Love the nature look. Very cozy room and pretty look.

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  3. This bedroom is just beautiful! I love everything about it and I agree...it's so tranquil!

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  4. I am so in love with this headboard! Great job! I have been wanting to do something like this and now I have the inspiration!! Please come link up tomorrow at Passionatelyperfect.com. Your newest follower!

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  5. Absolutely STUNNING! Fantastic job!

    www.laurenlanedecor.ca

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  6. I love this twist on the reclaimed look headboard!

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  7. Laura this is Awesome! Loved how it turned out!
    I'd love it if you shared this at my #7 Link Party at Project Queen.
    www.projectqueen.org
    I'll definitely be back to see the rest of your tutorials. I'm a new follower.

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  8. oh my gosh, that looks amazing! the whole room does, great job!

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  9. Totally love your new room!! Looks fabulous! New follower via Blog Hop!

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  10. Oh this is so cool! I wish I had enough stuff to do this somewhere. Please join us for our first linky party at:
    www.ladybugswithzoi.blogspot.com

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  11. Really, really beautiful. Just love the serene, green, woodsy.
    ~Pam
    pamspaintparlor.typepad.com

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  12. Wow! This is the most amazing headboard I've ever seen! Awesome job!!!

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  13. Oh my goodness...Wow...I'm at a loss for words. The transformation is amazing! And I'm in love with the headboard!! Wow! You did a fantastic job!

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  14. Hi Laura - I wanted to let you know that I will be featuring your cornice headboard project at the #7 Linky Party Highlights Monday eveniing at Project Queen. Thanks so much for linking up and I hope you do so again!
    www.projectqueen.org

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  15. I absolutely love your new headboard. It would be perfect for my daughter's room...kinda like a princess bed for the modern world!

    Great job!

    Hugs,
    Natalie

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  16. What a gorgeous room changer! I love the headboard and you make it look totally easy! Thanks for the tutorial. I can't wait to see how you refinished the nightstands and lampshade!
    Jenny

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  17. Wow! Where did you get the vision for this? It's amazing!

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  18. I am featuring your AMAZING headboard over at my place tonight!!! Thank you SO much for linking up-----I am IN LOVE with this look----wow are you talented!!!! :o)
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

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  19. Absolutely gorgeous, I'm so glad you shared this at the link up! ~Jen @ www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

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  20. Question, what color and brand of paint did you use for your master bedroom wall color?

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  21. Hi! Wanted to tell you that I LOVE your headboard, and you did a great job! I love the rustic look, and I especially love that it goes all the way up to the ceiling! LOVE!

    I'm featuring this on my Friday's Fabulous Furniture Finds at Chase the Star!

    Please go check it out, and grab a button! Congrats!
    http://chase-thestar.blogspot.com/2012/05/fridays-fabulous-furniture-finds-3.html

    {Barbara}

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  22. Love the headboard! Fantastic Job :)

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  23. Wow, that looks fabulous!!! I have this linked to my headboards post as well today, for inspiration!

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