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.