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.
Check out my blog for more details: benandashleyras.blogspot.com Thanks!
I'm on a bed building binge, and was wondering what milk paint was when I saw it on Rockler.com. Now I know, thanks!
This is beautiful, it looks so cozy. I am going to build a build two beds soonseeing what everyone is building is very encouraging. You did a great job. Thank you for the photos and the finish info.
That looks so nice! I like how you put the books on top. Great natural finish, too.
and very professional. taking your time really makes a difference. i lose my patience sometimes
This is one of the most gorgeous headboards I've ever seen! I used to be a lover of sleek, modern design..but now that I have 3 kids under the age of 6, I've given up! Too many dings and scratches and Ana's website have made me come over to the cozy, lived-in and loved-in look. I'm hooked! I love that Ana's furniture has clean, simple lines (a touch of modern), but it's SOLID, and TEXTURED...and best of all, the kids can't destroy it! Right now, we're almost finished the modular office desks. Then onto building some beds! Thank you Ana and Ashley!
Where did you get that awesome wall hanging above the bed?
I actually got it at Pier One--Thanks!
Here's the blog link just to the headboard post itself: http://benandashleyras.blogspot.com/2011/03/build-headboard.html
Thanks for all your comments--they are much appreciated!
Where do I find the building plans for a Mason Headboard. I printed out the Farmhouse Cali King, but really like the Mason Headboard better. Ive never seen the milk paint, but I love it. Hopefully I can talk my husband in using it on our bed.
Where did you find that quilt/comforter I love it!
The finish is beautiful, nice job Thank you for posting I will be making two beds this year.
Your headboard is absolutely gorgeous. Can you tell me what color of milk paint you used for the distressing?
The headboard is amazing and I love the color on the wall. What is it?
I actually purchased my quilt from Pottery Barn. The comforter, skirt and sheets on ebay. The milk-based paint is General Finishes Antique White. I used the dark walnut stain after I distressed the paint, and then the poly-acrylic (3 coats) after I wiped the stain off. I've since moved from that home, so I don't know the wall paint color--sorry! Hope that helps!
By the way, the books have never fallen on us, for those who are curious:).
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