In designing my new office, I knew that it had to have two uses. #1. obviously, an office. #2. A guest room. But how does one make both coexist? I guess you'll have to wait for my main office reveal post, now won't ya? :) Sorry. Maybe if you have a really good imagination you can put all the pictures together and see how it looks before the reveal?
You can obviously get this by using reclaimed barn wood. But I'm a little short on that around here. So this is how I got this look using a few tools, some paint, and cedar planks you can get from the lumber store.
What you'll need:
- Cedar planks -7 (5.5" wide, however tall you want) -for a twin bed, more for any larger size
- Nail gun/Nails and hammer
- Butcher/Craft/Wrapping Paper
dollar store craft paper I used on my Christmas presents this year.
I marked the width that I needed, 39 inches, on one side. I then made a mark at the top of the paper in the middle at 19.5 inches. I then started from the middle and drew a nice little shape down to one of the edges. I made sure to add an arch because I wanted one (or half an arch in this case I guess) that's the only real concrete idea I had in my head at the time. I don't know how it happened, but this was one of those one shot wonders. I thought I was going to have to trace and re-trace shapes until I got one that didn't look silly. But no, luck was shining on me that day :)
Anyway. Once you draw half of it. Cut out the shape. Then fold it over at the middle line you marked. Now trace out the cut out shape onto the other half of the paper. This will make sure that it is symmetrical. Easy peasy? Now cut that piece out also.
Anyway. I didn't want a stark white finish, as I said before, I wanted it to look a little worn...old...rustic. Like barn wood, but not as grimy as barn wood. Yes, I've seen some pretty nasty barn wood. I'm just sayin'.
So, in my painting technique, I missed spots on purpose and only did one coat. And I didn't care to do the bottom cuz it was going to be behind the bed. I gotta say, it was the easiest paint job I have ever done.
I have learned throughout my DIY endeavors that cedar planks are somewhat of a building necessity for me. I mean, you can make tons of stuff out of these babies; and they are soooo cheap! I think one of these posts I'm going to do a round up of everything cedar plank. Whataya think? Anyway. This project just reminded me of how awesome they are, yet again :)
Well, there you have it. An very easy and inexpensive way to add a little character to your bedroom!