Happy Housewarming

Things have been a little busy lately! If you’ve read my “about me” section of the blog, or know me at all, then you know I make string art with my Designs by Devan business. (Check it out, here)

Well, I made a string art for someone who is a LuLaRoe consultant, and she shared it with other consultants, and I now have 50 orders to fill! Crazy!!! So, needless to say, I have a lot of work to do. But, there’s always time for a personal project, and I’m going to share that with you.

My bestie is in the process of buying a house, so of course she is always on Pinterest to find decorating ideas. I saw that she pinned a DIY headboard, so I took it upon myself to build her a similar headboard.

I was just back in Maryland for a few days, which is where she lives, and I was going to keep quiet about building it for her, but it’s a good thing I didn’t! I needed her to get me some measurements of the bed. I thought she had a queen size bed, but turns out she has a king. So it’s a good thing I did ask her!

The bed was going to require a 77 inch long headboard. I didn’t want to make it any longer, because I have never seen the space, so I didn’t know if there was any room for extra length. From the floor to the top of the mattress was 20 inches, so I wanted to take that into account when I planned the headboard height.

I came up with a plan of using 1x6s for the slats on the back of the headboard. For this, I used six of them. In order to make them 77 inches, I needed to buy 1x6x8 and cut them down. I used 2x4s for the legs of the headboard, and I also used a 2×4 for extra support along the bottom. The legs were 4 feet, and the back support was 77 inches. I don’t have a large vehicle, so I took advantage of Lowes offering free cuts, and had everything cut down in the store, instead of cutting it at home.

The first thing I did after coming home with the wood was sanding. I sanded down the rough edges with my Detail Palm Sander from Harbor Freight. Following that, I lined up the slats.

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The next thing I did was decide where to place the legs. I decided to put the top of the leg halfway down the top slat. After that was finished, I connected the bottom support to the legs. I did this first, because I wanted to be sure that the structure stayed square, and didn’t move around.

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It was all easy from here! Next, I attached all of the slats. For the slats and the bottom support, I used 2 inch screws.

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Since the headboard is so long to accommodate a king size bed, I wanted to add some extra support in the middle of the slats. For this, I used the pieces of wood that were cut off of the 1×6. Since I was attaching 1×6 to 1×6, I needed to use a smaller screw than a 2 inch. I used a 1.5 inch screw for this step, and I put them in a diagonal pattern for maximum support.

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Normally, I wouldn’t gift an unfinished project, but in this case, I didn’t want the stain to get all over everything during transport, so the staining was done by Heather (my bestie), later on.

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Here it is! Heather stained the headboard in Minwax Jacobean to match her night stands that she made from wooden crates. She sent me a picture…

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It looks great, and I can’t wait to see it in her finished bedroom! Here is the happy Heather with her housewarming present!

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