This project was a blast to make. And, it really is doable and a lot less time
then you would think. And finishing it with milk-based paint is even more enjoyable. I used screws and a drill (pre-drill!) and it was wonderful.
Here's some advice for the plan:
- Mount the back of the headboard with a piece of wood and use a metal support as shown here
Just make sure the board is wide enough to be level with your back
trim, or else the metal support won't be even when you screw it down.
And when you pre-drill this board, make sure you don't go all the way
through, or else you will have holes through the front! It stunk to have
to putty them all in, but thank heavens for putty.
- Although the instructions say to make your top 1 x 3" trim to fit in
line with the top of the headboard, I made mine one inch longer on both
sides, and then the 2 x 4" one inch longer to go on top of that 1 x 3"
on both sides. That was just the look I wanted. Although you can get
your wood pre-cut, I would recommend cutting it all yourself, especially
since you will need these cut afterward once the rest of your headboard
is put together.
- Ana's 'get started
' tips are very helpful. Be sure to check them out first!
- Make sure, make sure, make sure you dry thoroughly between coats. Patience is a virtue.