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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How To : DIY Jewelry Holder / Coat Rack

Hello you, and welcome to inside the mind of an Obsessive Compulsive Designer.

What better way to kick off this creative journey than to start with a super simple DIY that adds a beautiful custom accent to your home. If you live in a smaller home or an apartment, like I do, you know how difficult it is to come by decent counter space in a bathroom. I didn’t have adequate counter space for my necklace display so I began thinking of other methods of storing them. Many people overlook wall space as being used for storage, but it is something I rely on in my home. Arranging my bathroom wall as a gallery wall serves as something pleasing to look at while being functional. That being said, I turned to Pinterest to find inspiration. I quickly found a concept I enjoyed and began working on tweaking it to my taste.

Here is what I used to make this DIY necklace display system:

Many of these products I had floating around my kitchen or garage so the only items that needed to be purchased were the hooks ($15) and the picture hanging teeth ($5). So, this DIY costed me a total of $20! How amazing is that?! Plus it isn’t a time consuming process at all.

Here is what I did:

  • I created the DIY aged stain mixture and set that aside to mix together for a few days.
  • While the stain mixture was set aside for those few days, I took care of some of the busy work. I made sure to place my order on amazon for the hooks and picked up the picture hanging teeth. Also, make sure you measure your wall area and necklaces to see how big of a piece of wood you will need. Once I measured, I cut the wood down to the ideal size.
  • Once my stain mixture was ready, I painted one layer onto the piece of wood.
    • *Be sure you do this outside, preferably in a garage. The lovely smell of vinegar is rather potent!*
  • The next day I checked on the stain and gave it another coat to darken it to the shade I wanted.
  • Once completely dry I nailed in the picture hanging teeth to the back and screwed the hooks onto the front in the pattern I desired.
  • The last step is to hang it and ENJOY!!

I am obsessed with how this turned out and I appreciate it all the more because I did it myself. The price tag is definitely a plus too! 😉 Keep in mind that this DIY can be used for a variety of different purposes. I used mine for necklaces but also explore its uses as a coat rack, a decorative way to string picture frames from, etc. If you decide to try this out, let me know your results!

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