Thank you for all the wonderful questions you sent me over the past month. They ranged from transforming nurseries to selecting wall colors. Regardless if it’s hot and humid or below freezing temps outside, I believe everyone should have a warm and sexy bedroom. One question clearly stood out to help you achieve this goal.
“I need ideas for a DIY headboard for $100 or less.” – Carrie (Concord, CA)
Here are three design directions to suit your taste and skill level.
Nic’s Tip #1:
Placemats are not just for your dining room table.
|Think outside the box and use a common household item in an unexpected way. Make a headboard using placemats! This is a fantastic way to create a textural focal point in your bedroom.
Try: Pier One . Target . Cost Plus
Floor to ceiling placemat headboard.
Nic’s Tip #2:
Paper Bags: Free
Leather Headboard: Priceless
Make a faux leather headboard. This is an easy DIY project for the entire family. The ﬁnished product is an ultimate “wow factor” perfect for any bedroom. All you need is a sheet of FSC certiﬁed plywood or luan cut to ﬁt your bed size, paper grocery bags, Elmer's glue and a paint brush. FSC stands for the Forest Stewardship Council. For more information go to www.fscus.org.
Dresser covered with paper bags and antique glaze.
Mix 1 part glue to 2 parts water in a container. Tear up your grocery bags and decoupage them onto the wood, making sure to layer and wrap edges of headboard. Pieces can be as big or small as you like. Paint a layer of glue mixture on the wood ﬁrst, then lay the paper down and ﬁnish with another coat of glue mixture on top. It will tend to wrinkle, this is normal. Make sure you place the paper graphic side down. Once paper is dry you may antique with a water based stain in any color and seal with a water base sealer. Mount headboard directly to wall with either nice looking screws into studs or a cleat. (A cleat is a 2×4 ripped lengthwise at a 45 degree angle. One half is mounted to the wall, the other to the headboard)
Nic’s Tip #3:
Fabric is your friend.
|This is a simple project to create a warm and luxurious feel in your bedroom. You’ll need a sheet of FSC certiﬁed plywood, an electric staple gun, organic batting and fabric.
Fabric upholstered headboard.
Use cleat to mount to wall. Another option is to cover the entire wall or outer side of bed with fabric. Secure a 1×4 along the top of wall. Staple and pleat fabric across length of room. Hot glue coordinating trim to cover staples. If fabric is not too heavy, you can also staple directly to your walls. Try purchasing ready made curtains as a cost effective alternative to unﬁnished fabric.
Pleated fabric side panels with center block of color.