Category Archives: Furniture

Decor: Chic Screen Headboard

Cozy up your bedroom by unfolding a fireplace screen and hanging it on the wall behind your bed as a headboard. For an antique look, use spray paint to cover the screen in blue. After it’s dry, dip a sponge in bronze paint and wipe a light coat on the screen. Repeat with copper paint. Finish with a clear spray-on sealant.


Decor: Tall Order – Headboard

Create a custom headboard that rises to the occasion by covering an inexpensive artist’s canvas with fabric. Just pull the fabric tightly across the frame and secure with a staple gun. Then prop the canvas behind your bed — no power tools required. When it’s time to change out your bedding, simply re-cover the canvas with new coordinating fabric for a fresh look.

Decor: Wall-Paint your Headboard

Love the look of wrought-iron headboards, but not the price? Get the look without the cost by painting one on your wall. Find a stencil at a local crafts store or make your own. Cut the stencil from acetate with a crafts knife, affix the stencil to the wall using a spray adhesive or low-tack tape, and apply paint inside the stencil. Use acrylic paint or specially formulated stenciling cream.

Decor: Wallpaper Headboard

Turn a ho-hum headboard into a charming focal point simply with wallpaper. Trace the outline of the headboard on a large scrap of paper and cut it out. A light coating of wallpaper adhesive is all it takes to make your bed ready for some sweet dreaming in style.

DIY Tip: Make sure your piece of wallpaper is large enough to cover the headboard. If using multiple pieces, take care to match the pattern for a chic, finished look.

Decor: Picture-perfect Headboard

Inexpensive photo frames can be found at garage sales or thrift shops and make a magnificent headboard. Remove the glass from the frames and cut batting the same size as the frame back. Cut fabric to size, adding 3 inches on each side. Lay the batting on the frame back and cover it with the fabric, wrapping excess over the back. Pull taut and fasten with duct tape. Insert the back into the frame. Hang three frames side by side for a picture-perfect headboard.

Decor: Modern Mystery Headboard

No one will suspect such an elegant metal headboard was created from a cheap find at a discount home store. Look for metal scrollwork in interesting motifs. Two panels can be hung together to create a modern headboard. These pieces were covered with two coats of brushed-silver paint to give them a soft, chic look.I even love the color of it! Very modern!

Decor: Modern Masterpiece Headboard

Adhesive decals make it easy for anyone to become an artist. Create your own masterpiece by attaching designs to painted foam-core board. Surround the creation with a black metal frame.

(I customized the frame with a coat of bronze spray paint.)

Finish the look by using ribbon as trim and hot-glue it along the inside border of the frame.

Decor: Build a Birch-Log Coffee Table

I’m seeing tons of nouveau-rustic furniture in trendy catalogs and shops right now. It’s one of the hottest looks on the furniture runway. Hello, sticker-shock. I knew there had to be a cheaper way to score this designer style. Turns out, a few basic tools, materials, and a weekend are all you need to get the look for way less than designer price tags.

I love the look of birch. It’s smooth, light in tone and texture, and easy to handle. For this project, I used 34 birch logs, each about 3-4 inches in diameter. You can use a miter saw to cut birch logs to size, or you can pay a nominal fee at a lumber store to have the logs cut for you.

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Decor: Hip Upholstered Headboard

Wake up your bedroom with a hip upholstered headboard prized by high-end designers and boutiques. The project takes just a weekend and costs about $215 (beats the $1,300 price tag I’ve seen for a similar design online).

What you need:

  • Kraft paper or newspaper
  • Masking tape
  • Pencil
  • Two sheets of 4’8-foot medium-density fiberboard (MDF)
  • Two sheets of 4’8-foot, 1-1?2-inch-thick insulating foam board
  • Two packages of mending braces
  • Foam board adhesive
  • 6 yards decorative fabric
  • 4 yards muslin
  • Piping cord
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Scissors
  • Jigsaw
  • Sewing machine Read the rest of this entry