I told you guys I was in a bit of a building kick...
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.
Then I saw this plan on Ana White.
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...
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.
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