Friday, June 13, 2014
Can I just tell you how much I love my new guest room? I love it more than words :) I think it is the color...the mint, the yellow, the brown..even the purple flowers. I like it so much I'm actually thinking of adding more color into other rooms in my house....adios all white decor!
Anyway. On the journey to redoing my guest room, I had this grande idea for a crazy grande headboard. Like crazy idea..serious. One that would extend from the floor to the ceiling and then cover the whole ceiling. It looked wonderful in my head :) But, alas, I decided to tone it down and just do it to the floor the ceiling. I didn't realize how low the ceilings were in here and thought that would just make it way too claustrophobic.
So, here's how to do the floor to ceiling headboard! It's super easy.
Here's the supplies I used:
Random width and types of boards ( I did this to add more interest) cut to 60 inch (for a full size bed)
Stain (I used two types, Dark Walnut and Providential)
Two 1x2 or 1x3 boards that will go the height of your wall.
Nail Gun (or just nails and a hammer if you are feeling adventurous)
First off, get your boards and make sure they are all cut to the same length.
Next, stain. I used two types of stain in hopes to give variation and interest to the completed headboard. The boards I used were pine and cedar. I noticed the cedar really absorbs the stain and will become much darker than the pine, so plan accordingly :) Wait for the stain to dry and if you would like, coat it with some poly. I didn't do this on mine, and haven't had any problems yet.
Now for the wall.....Find where you want your headboard. I placed mine in the middle of the wall. Since the boards were 60", I marked 5 inches in from that on both sides. This is where the support boards are going to go. As always, it is better to make sure these are in studs, so if you have to adjust your measurement a little bit, so be it; you won't be able to see it anyway. Make sure they are somewhat level and screw in some 2" screws. I had this little attic access deal to work around. Luckily, the molding was the same width as the 1x3, so I just used it to extend the 1x3 essentially. I used a 1x2 on one side and the 1x3 on the other. Doesn't matter, just used what I had on hand :)
Now, you can secure the boards straight to the wall if you like, but I like the idea of if I ever wanted to take these off, I wouldn't have a gazillion holes in my wall, just the holes from the screws from the support boards.
Once I got the first board up where I wanted it, securing it into the studs with a nail gun, I grabbed some painters tape and dropped it down the wall, making sure it was level of course. This line gave me somewhat of a guide as to where the end of the board needed to be. I know you can follow the board above, but I just wanted to make sure :)
I love this look. It really makes the ceiling seem taller and of course, the bedroom bigger. It did take a little bit to get the stain smell out of the room...so keep that in mind when doing this ;)
I think the headboard brought so much to this room. It's the complete focal point.
For the cost. I had most of the supplies and wood on hand, so I can only speculate. This will probably come up around $50...give or take. It depends on the width of the boards you use and the type.