Friday, February 15, 2013

The Master Bedroom Chronicles: Step 6: DIYing A Headboard, Part 1

Welcome Back, Master Bedroom Chronicles! We haven't seen your yellow, gray, cream, and teal face since October. Sheesh! 

It is time to put on your construction hat and check out a DIYed headboard!

Did you happen to notice that this is only part 1 of this chronicle chapter? Part 1 gets the effect I was looking for and was apparently good enough to reside above our bed-heads for over a year before part 2 found its time to shine.

I've had "make a headboard" on my house list for at least 5 years. I didn't know what I wanted the headboard to be, but I knew it needed to happen. And, finally, it did. It started from my love of reusing things. I had a brand new bamboo rug that my father in law had given me from his storage unit (this is also where I acquired the floral turned skeleton turned chevron desk). Who knows what other magical things are in this storage unit!

The rug resided in our garage for a while until one day, I spotted it among plenty of other sad objects that were just aching to show off their beauty. The rug was trying desperately to make its way into our house. So, I put my brain to work. Obviously, the first thing that came to mind was to make it a headboard.  So, I pulled it out and apparently my father in law's magical storage unit has some water problems because there was a bit of mold on one end of it.  No problem... I bleached it like crazy and got rid of it.  Then I took out my fancy sander and sanded the bamboo down to a more natural color.  

Next, I threw it behind my bed.  Done! Well, as far as part 1 is concerned I am done. In part 2, I will trim the headboard to make it look a bit more finished. (PS you can see the finished product of part 2 in the after photos at the end of this post).

Shall we take a look at some headboard befores? Here I tried to reuse some other items hanging out in the "please use us pile." In case it isn't blatantly obvious, those are twig table runners wearing the disguise of headboard.

Next up, a painting tries its best to make you forget that there is a headboard missing, but it clashed too hard to work.

New lamps and a comforter helped, but the bed was still calling for a real headboard (or at least a random rug stuck behind the bed). 

Now, the moment you have all been waiting for... the bamboo headboard rug reveal!

There you have it! We are over halfway through with The Master Bedroom Chronicles! Below are all of the steps that got us here and the four remaining steps. Be sure to check out the final after shots too!

Step 1: Move in. Throw a bunch of random stuff into the room and live with it for a while to figure out how we wanted to use the space.

Step 2: Rearrange the furniture and add a seating area.

Step 3: Redo a desk with a funky chevron pattern.

Step 4
: Redo an old chair for the desk.

Step 5: New comforter and lamps.

Step 6: Headboard, Part 1

Step 7: Make some wedding related art.

Step 8: New entertainment center.

Step 9: Add some new art

Step 10: Headboard, Part 2. Finishing touches. Try to bring it all together.

Do you want more chronicles? Are you ready for the next chapter of The Master Bedroom Chronicles? I am sorry to tell you that it's not here yet. But go ahead and catch up on the rest of your stories: The Nursery ChroniclesThe Bonus Room Chronicles, and The Living Room Chronicles.


  1. I love it!!!!!! I am going to so need help when I go to do this...and guess who I am going to, not Ghostbusters...Lar Lar!

    1. waaaahoooo!!!! You may have more projects going/ in your head than I do!