Friday, January 14, 2011

My Girls' Beds ~ Part 1


I told you guys I was in a bit of a building kick...

It's addicting.

I have wanted beds for my oldest girls' room now for years but never could bring myself to buy any.  I have made my own headboards in the past but I was really wanting something more permanent.


I loved the lines on that headboard!  I knew that it would be perfect for the girls.
I took Ana's wonderful plan and "shantied" it up a bit :-)

Today I am showing you the headboard.  It is so super easy and cheap.

I went to Lowe's to get my wood.

Here is what I got...

12- 1x4x4


4- 1x2x4


This was so simple.  It may not be the most professional way to do it... But it worked perfect for me!

I laid my boards out on the ground.  Because I bought 4 footers I didn't even have to cut any of them.  My middle 10 boards are lined up 8" higher than my two sides.


I would buy your boards as straight as possible.  I thought mine were super straight and I still had some space when they all lined up.  I do think it will add to the shantiness though so no worries.


I cut one of my 1x2's the width of my boards.  I then put a line of Gorilla Wood Glue on it.




Lined it up along the bottom boards...


And I used my brad nailer to put a nail through the 1x2 and into each 1x4.

I then used my other 1x2's going up the rest of the headboard to secure all the 1x4's.
Here is the backside...



For the next part you will need a jigsaw.  If you don't own one and can't borrow your hubby's, you can rent one from Lowe's or Home Depot.  I think they are under $20 for the day.  They are easy to use and fun.  It kind of reminds me of sewing... Not sure why :-)

To make my pattern I used the sports page:-)

I cut the paper to half the width of my headboard.  I then used a big plate and a pencil to trace and free hand the simple design.  I tried to copy Ana's design and I think I got close enough.


I then used a pencil to trace both sides on the back of my headboard.


Now the fun part...

I used my DeWalt Jig Saw to cut my boards.  I cut one piece at a time starting from the outside.




I cut all of my boards in a matter of minutes and I was done.  In total I bet I spent less than an hour getting the headboard put together and cut.

The best part??

My total cost into the headboard is $24... Whooop!

Here it is...



And one with my shadow...


Now it just needs a bed....

That will be one of my next posts!!

Thanks Ana for the wonderful inspiration and how-to's!  You are definitely to blame for this addiction.

Tomorrow I will be announcing the 8 winners of our ScotchBlue Edge-Lock giveaway.  You can still enter before then by going HERE!

~Whitney

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26 comments:

Mel said...

Fabulous! I'm looking forward to how you put your touch on it.

The Green Pea said...

Very nice, please share the finished headboard. sandi

Brandi said...

Amazing! You are so very talented! love your mini-me!

Rachel Berry said...

Love LOVE the headboard, it's so girly! Don't you just love Ana's site, that woman is just amazing. We made her farmhouse bed last year and blinged it out with some Crown molding. We love it!!

http://eoberrys.blogspot.com/2010/04/farmhouse-bed-part-2-knock-off-wood.html

p.s. Loving your blog!!!

June@I will craft said...

I can't wait to see the whole bed.

Sommer said...

Oh you've done a fabulous job! I can't wait to see the finish product. I fell in love with Ana's designs early on and sadly I've only made a book shelf of hers thus far. I plan to build vs refinish a lot more this summer! Finances didn't allow much more than sand paper and spray paint last year.
I have to ask... what color will it be finished in???

Sherryd said...

Great job as usual! I've been reading your blog for a year now and you guys never fail to amaze me.

{ The Painted Home } said...

i love this, i've got to find somewhere to use this! thanks, denise

Blessed Mommy of 2 said...

It's looking so good! And what a sweet little helper =) Can't wait to see it when you are all done!

Creative Escapes said...

How awesome is that!!! I want to make my daughters headboards too!

Pam said...

Great job. I love it and you did so well.

Dana said...

Awesome! We are redoing my daughter's room and needed a new headboard....Could you hear me yell "Todd come look at this!!!"?

KirkKrew said...

So cute and your helper is the cutest! :) I can't wait to see the finished product!

Sarah @ Handbags*N*Pigtails said...

I love the shape...and all your hard work!:)

A Plain Path said...

Can't wait to see the finished bed....awesome!

Sharon said...

I an SO doing this. My daughter is 3 and still in a toddler bed. We have been looking for a daybed but the prices are rediculous! I may do this but somehow make it a day bed. Any ideas would be welcomed!
I am waiting for the next post!

... oh the suspense!

Look out hubby, here I come... with my jigsaw!

lynn said...

this is so wonderful! can't wait to see it finished!

Sarah Erwin said...

I am SO not creative or handy, but I don't think I will ever buy a headboard again. You truly inspire!

Toni said...

Oh my that is cute!

Δρ. Βρακατόρ said...

Just perfect!!!From Greece with love

My House of L said...

That is so cute...and so simple to do!

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

This bed is so adorable!Your skills are impressive! What a darling helper you have and she sure looks happy with the finished product.

amberdawn said...

Whitney! It's adorable! I can't believe you are a mom of 4 and can still do ALL of this!!!! Super Mom!

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

That is awesome!!! You could NOT have bought a more beautiful headboard! Well done!

thefarmprincess said...

So cute!! I recently discovered Ana's site and I just feel in love. I'm currently designing my little one's toddler room, I may have to use this for her headboard. Thanks for sharing!!

~ Regan said...

Beautiful! Keep the building going! I just got my air compressor and nailer, so I hope to join in on the building fun soon. :)

 
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