Friday, September 30, 2011

New project!!

So, I decided on Wednesday that I had found a headboard on Pinterest that I absolutely loved!!  Naturally, being the crazy person that I am, I decided that I would make it.  First stop, going to see Mom (the structural draftsman) to help me figure out how much wood and such I was gonna need.  I had decided that I was gonna do it without asking Mr. B for help.  Once we figured out how much wood we needed to make this headboard for a king-size bed, off we went to Lowe's to get the wood.  Luckily for me, since I am a total spaz, Lowe's cut the wood to size for me.  My sister and I started to put it together last night, and of course, Mr. B helped us a little bit.  We got it totally put it together last night, but didn't have time to stain it since it was getting too dark.  I got up this morning, ended up with Prissy B staying home because she is sick, and took Fireboy B to school.  When I got home, I decided to go on and stain it before it got too awful hot outside.  That leads me to an image of the finished headboard.   
I will put a totally finished picture up once we get the headboard attached to the bed.  I am also gonna make a banner/bunting to put on the top.  Just in case you are really liking this headboard, here is what I used. 

4 - 2x4 cut to 6ft.
12 - 1x6x8 cut to 80 inches
1 can special walnut Minwax stain
96 8x2 wood screws
a bunch (and by that I mean at least 20) rags - just by the box at the paint area

Measure your frame on your bed to find out how far apart the outside boards need to be apart.  Lay your four 2x4 boards evenly spaced between the total amount of space between the edges of your frame.

Start screwing your 1x6x8 boards down on your frame of 4 2x4s using 2 screws on each 2x4.  You will have some 2x4 sticking out on the bottom when you are finished. 

Follow the directions on your can of stain (I stained it, let it sit for 20 minutes, then wiped it off).

Once you get all that done and the stain is totally dry, get a couple of really strong people to carry it into your room and screw the bed frame to it.  (You will also need to get whatever screws you feel are necessary to hold your bed frame to the headboard.

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