DIY Rustic Wood Headboard

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I have never had a headboard prior to this custom one I made (with the help of the fiancé and some power tools). I have always wanted a headboard but could never find one I liked. Then one day it hit me. Duh! Just make my own! It wasn’t a hard process by any means but I am a perfectionist. I may have taken a few extra nonessential steps along the way to ensure we made the exact headboard I was envisioning. For those of you who have been around here since the beginning, you may remember my very first blog post. It was a DIY jewelry holder that was very similar to the piece I wanted to show you today!

Here is what you’ll need :

  1. 2×6 pieces of wood (amount depends on your design)
  2. A large piece of plywood
  3. DIY aged wood stain
  4. Nail gun w/ nails
  5. Saw
  6. Sandpaper or a sander
  7. Drill
  8. Bolts w/ washers
  9. Stain (if preferred)

The Process :

  1. First, I started out with a scaled rendering of how I wanted the pieces laid out. Once I tweaked the design to my liking, I labeled all of the measurements
  2. Cut down your 2×6 boards to your specified dimensions
  3. Cut your plywood backing to the overall size of your headboard
  4. Once you have your pieces cut, attach them to the plywood by using a nail gun (we found this to be the easiest)
  5. Once all of your front facing pieces are attached, attach the two vertical pieces that will attach to your bedframe (we took special care that we knew exactly where these posts would line up with the frame
  6. Give your headboard a good sanding (remember you will have your head close or on this many nights)
  7. Apply your DIY stain/store bought stain (we used both to give the headboard a more gray appearance)
  8. Line the headboard up with your bedframe and drill holes where you will need to attach the bolts
  9. Attach the bolts and secure the headboard to the wall if necessary (depending on the height)

This DIY was a little lengthier and hands on than the jewelry holder but it is so worth it. If you have all the tools on hand, like I did, then this headboard will cost you close to nothing. It could be even cheaper if you have the wood on hand. (For reference, I made my headboard queen sized.) This DIY cost me about $100 for a gorgeous custom headboard that people normally pay hundreds, even thousands, for. I’m so happy with how it turned out! I think it looks amazing. It’s better than store bought because I got to take the time to make it exactly how I wanted, from design to the finish. I love it. Let me know if you would like to see other DIY’s soon and I can definitely arrange that. Have a great day!

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Creating Your Personal Oasis

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My favorite room in a home is the bedroom because it is the place where you start your day and also where you end it. It sets the tone for the day and helps you wind down at the end of the day. It should be your personal oasis that your mind can feel relaxed and peaceful. I have never been in more love with my bedroom than I am now. There are several ways I like transform my bedroom into a sanctuary.

  1. Pillows, pillows, pillows. Yes, they make the process of making your bed 20x longer every day but they are SO worth the hassle. Adding plenty of accent pillows to your bed can add your personal style in a comfy pleasing way. I love adding pillows with different textures and subtle patterns rather than overloading on color and being too overstimulating.
  2. Window treatments are another great touch to add to your bedroom. Not only for the purpose that they serve to help block outsider’s gaze into your home, but also to add dimension, texture, color, really anything you want. Now that I’ve been thrown into the adult world and my body is accustomed to a 8-5, I have chosen a sheer white curtain to let light in around the time I wake up everyday. I love the softness they add to the otherwise harsh blinds. Also, going for sheer ties into another one of my key points: light.
  3. Lighting is so very important in every room of your home. In the bedroom, I love using my sheer curtain to let in light 24/7. Getting the sunlight in my room in the morning really helps get me out of bed and natural light creates the perfect ambiance. However, after the sun sets and I have to switch to using artificial light, I like to keep a dimmer warmer toned bulb in my lamps. Anything too bright or an LED with a high lumen count isn’t as easy on tired eyes.
  4. Florals are a great way to add life into a home and add a pop of color. As more of a minimalist with color, I selected a faux succulent. (Yes I said faux, I would kill any living plant. Sometimes I wonder how I keep myself alive!) Succulents are a huge trend right now and they offer the option to have a floral without too much color.
  5. Candles are a secret addiction of mine. The one you see in my bedroom, I found at Home Goods. The smell is to DIE for. However, I’m too much of a perfectionist to light it and damage the wick. Even without lighting it, it gives off such a strong smell that I often mistake it for lit. Another option is to add a Scentsy. (I keep one in my kitchen to eliminate nasty food smells.) Smell is a great way to help us ease our minds and get relaxed at the end of the day, which is why I always have a candle next to my bedside.
  6. Texture is my go-to in the bedroom to avoid overstimulating color. I love the mixture of linens, furs, and wood. No one can deny a big fuzzy blanket! Same as no one can deny that freshly washed sheets are always the comfiest. Touch is one powerful sense and one of the most important when diving into your bed after a long day. So, keep your sense of touch on its toes and switch up materials and textures in the bedroom.

*My headboard is a DIY project I did about a year ago. Let me know in the comments if you would like to see step by step instructions on how to get this amazing rustic headboard for CHEAP!

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