Remember the new bed that is in our master bedroom? I showed you the other week when I shared my new night stands…
Well, my whole bed switcheroo came about on a rainy Monday morning when I had a serious case of the blahs.. What better way to get out of my funk than to rearrange my entire house? Right? You do this too, I hope..
I kept passing the guest room – AKA the disaster zone dumping ground for all unwanted throw pillows, discarded craft projects and random Christmas decorations. All of a sudden it dawned on me that the bed in there would actually be a nice change in our master bedroom. It was a hand me down Pottery Barn platform bed from my parent’s guest room, which I loved, but I always thought it needed a headboard. Then I thought duh, I can build one now with my trusty jigsaw and nail gun (me and my power tools are slowly taking over the world, ok well maybe just the house).
So, being the extremely level headed reasonable person I am,
I decided to wait until the Mr. got home from his business trip to try to move it I had to drop everything and move it that minute all by myself. Well, little man was there too, and he clapped for me, but he certainly wasn’t pulling his weight.
I really wish I could have caught it on tape, because it was probably one of the more hilarious things I’ve done (right up there with my DIY upholstered bed fiasco). Just envision me putting each section of this bed (it breaks down into 3 parts, 3 extremely heavy parts) on a rug and dragging it toward the staircase…
(oh did I not mention our guest room is on the main floor, and our master is on the 2nd? Yeah, up the stairs we go…)
then attempting to slide each piece up the stairs,
grunting like I’m in some sort of Iron Man competition or an episode of American Gladiators (my brother watched this show endlessly in the 80’s) only to get it to the top and have it come sliding down at me in slow motion…
your basic Pottery Barn bed staircase avalanche – I’m sure it happens all the time.
Well, I survived, the bed survived, the bottom of our stairs survived (with the help of some touch up paint and spackle) I finally got all 3 pieces up the stairs and we all lived happily ever after. Although I could barely move for 2 days afterward…
Now onto the diy headboard! This was so easy and you could make this for just a plain bed frame too. It’s actually sort of a faux headboard, because it is just a few pieces of moulding nailed to the wall.
Here I’ll break it down for you with this handy graphic –
I used a little liquid nails, a level, and my brad nailer to secure the pieces to the wall. I wanted a fairly simple style since the bed already has the baskets underneath and my nightstands are more the star of the show anyways.
Once I had my design down, I caulked everything to get a seamless look and gave it 3 coats of Silent White paint in satin by Clark+Kensington (which is quickly becoming my go to white color).
TADA! Instant headboard. Bonus it only took about 2 hours and $40 to make.
The width of the headboard measures about 67 inches (for a queen bed). I made my headboard about 2 inches wider on either side than the actual bed (although in these pictures for some reason it doesn’t look that way, weird camera angle I guess) to make it look a little more substantial. You could use more intricate pieces of trim if you wanted a more formal look, the possibilities are really endless with this one.
I’m finishing up a few more changes in here and pretty soon I will be ready to share the whole room reveal with you guys!
PS If you follow me on Instagram you will notice a few sneak peeks of some big projects coming up, blog post coming soon!!!
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