Monday, June 25, 2012

"H" is for Headboard #2

Build: monogrammed carved headboard

I built and painted this simple carved headboard for my girl #1:

I designed a similar layout and cut the headboard from 1/2" MDF with a jigsaw.
It has a low profile and pretty, girly, curvy lines:

And I added her monogram to make it personal and add a bit of color:

Her bed sits in a funky spot right under the eaves so this headboard made for a good fit:
It's attached to the wall with a French cleat and not to the bed.

Supplies cost:

1/2" MDF (4' x 8' sheet) = $24
French cleat = $15
primer, paint, poly (had on hand)

Total cost to make this headboard = $39

I gave her space a makeover, here's the complete before and after:

Here's how I made the headboard:

1. Draw headboard design on craft paper (only half of size needed):
This is a full size at 55"w, the paper is 27.5".

2. You need 1/2" MDF cut at 55"w x 48"h.
Layout the pattern at the halfway point and trace the curvy edge:

3. Flip the pattern over and repeat for the other side:

4. Cut curvy design with jigsaw:
(MDF cuts like butter but it's heavy, you could use plywood but it's much more difficult to get a smooth, curvy cut.)

5. Sand rough edges:

6. Prime one coat Zinsser cover stain.
Paint two coats Benjamin Moore high gloss white enamel:

7. Print out monogram.
I used Monogram KK font at 500 and 625 point:

8. Using a ballpoint pen trace the letters with heavy pressure:

9. The pressure of the pen leaves a slight indent in the MDF, just visible enough here:

10. Using a DecoArt Traditions round #3 brush and Americana acrylic paint in peony pink:

11. Paint on and inside the indent, two coats needed:

12. Seal with spray clear acrylic gloss:

13. Attach one side of French cleat to back of headboard:

And other side to wall:

Hang and enjoy.

I'm linking up to:

Weekend Wrap Up @ Tatertots and Jello
Whatcha Got Weekend @ Lolly Jane
SAS @ Funky Junk
Sister Sunday @ Sisters of the Wild West
Just Something I Whipped Up @ The Girl Creative
DIY Fall Festival @ The DIY Showoff
Nifty Thrifty @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Good Life @ A Beach Cottage
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
SAS @ Just a Girl
Feathered Nest @ French Country Cottage
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
All Things Furniture @ Perfectly Imperfect
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
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  1. fabulous! exactly like the inspiration, but better b/c you made it!

  2. Wow! You are a one woman dynamo! What a sweet bed for a little (or big) girl!

  3. So pretty! You sure are great with wood! Do you think this same idea would work for a King size bed? I was thinking I could try it to make a headboard for us.

  4. Hi, I'm visiting from Primitive & Proper and I just love your headboard!! What an amazing job you have done! :)

  5. This looks beautiful. Great inspiration as I am looking to make a headboard for my daughter.

  6. Better than Land Of's great! Love the before and after pictures. Wow, it's a wonderful transformation.

  7. I've been dying to make a headboard... just can never decide what I want! LOVE this one! Totally girly shape! Wonder what my husband would think of that in our room..... ;)

    Stopping by from Primitive & Proper

  8. Sooo beautiful! I am in love with this!

  9. Your headboard is beautiful! I'm so impressed!

  10. What a fabulous build. Great shape, and I love the lettering.

  11. I so thought you were going to say you used your silouhette to do the monogram...but no!! You hand painted it, well done!! Looks gorgeous!!

  12. Thank you for sharing how you made and hung this adorable headboard.


  13. Wow! That is awesome. It makes me nervous just looking at it though. I do not think I could EVER do that. Great job.

  14. Just beautiful!!! I found you at DIY Project Parade and I'm your newest follower! Would love to have you stop by for a visit! Blessings ~ Judy

  15. I love that! We just made a headboard (an upholstered one, not painted) too! You did a great job. I TOTALLY thought that the monogram was a vinyl decal...I'm SO impressed that you painted it!

  16. Super pretty! Amazing job and great tutorial. I've been wanting to make a headboard so bad - I've considered donating the ones we have! lol You're not helping! ;)

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity and hard work. I always love seeing what you've been up to!

  17. What is the bed on now? A metal frame?