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How to make a Decorative Bedroom Headboard

Written by; Tevin Pennington / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Mon Sep 21 2009


A bedroom is supposed to be a sanctuary from all of life's stressors. Go into your bedroom and look around. It is probably not all it can be. With some de-cluttering, cleaning and organizing, your bedroom is nearing its full potential. Add new bedding and a fresh coat or two of paint and you can almost hear the strumming of harps!

The finishing touch? A decorative headboard you can make following straightforward instructions.

Making your own headboard offers so many advantages. Firstly, you can decide the color.

Colors are associated with feelings, so say the experts. Cool colors, such as blue, green, turquoise and silver have a calming effect. Warm colors, such as red, yellow, pink, gold and orange, are considered exciting. Colors that have mixed cool and warm color tones include purple, lavender, green and turquoise. Of course, neutral colors include brown beige, ivory, beige, grey, black and white.

You can coordinate with your bed linens. It is less costly than purchasing a new headboard.

Customization is a huge part of the appeal. You can alter the size of the headboard by whether you have a twin bed, a full-size, queen-size or a king-size.

There are few supplies and tools needed to make a decorative headboard.

The tools list includes:

A flexible spatula about 10-cm wide, a roller tray, round artist paintbrush 1 cm in diameter, a round paintbrush 6-cm wide, a short-bristled foam roller and a lead pencil.

Materials needed for this project are:

Acrylic paints, primer, a glaze, primer sealer and plywood.

The first couple steps involve preparation.

Using a jig saw, cut a 14-mm pine wood into the following dimensions: 1.22-m long, 45-cm wide and 10-cm thick. A wave pattern is cut using a jig saw and forms a facade.

Forms are very important to a painted headboard. Likewise, texture is also noteworthy because of the depth it brings.

Sand the wood very lightly and apply a coat of primer sealer. Allow 4 hours for it to dry. Then apply two coats of acrylic paint in the color of your choice. Allow 4 hours for it to dry. Then apply a special "suede" paint using a plastic spatula. This paint gives an object the rich look of suede.

Leave small areas to let the base color show through. Allow to dry for 6 to 8 hours. Tint the glaze with 3 parts glaze to one part paint.

Using a paintbrush, apply the glaze at an angle. Trace the motifs onto the headboard using the artist's paintbrush and paint. A great touch is to install a simple lighting system under the headboard in order to allow nighttime reading.

So the next time you want to just purchase home decor, ask yourself if you are willing to take the time and effort and make a customized product for yourself.

While you may be tempted to say that the store-bought is better, you will not feel that way when a visitor during a tour of your house, inquires about your decorative headboard.

Be creative and enjoy the experience of designing your home!


Copyright: 2009

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