Monday, January 31, 2011

Simple Headboard

We wanted a simple headboard for our son's room.  He's away at college, so only uses the room during school breaks, but we still wanted the room to look finished.  (We moved into this house after he was in college.)

To match the style of the other furniture in the room, we used a piece of hardboard from Home Depot.  The sides are 3 1/2" MDF pieces.  The center dividers and the top rail are 2 1/2" pieces of MDF.  All were glued then tacked with a nail gun.  The nail holes were spackled and sanded and the piece was sprayed with Rust-Oleum semi-gloss black.

The bed is full size, which is 54" wide.  The finished headboard is 57" wide by 54" tall.  Right now it is resting on the floor.  We plan to attach it directly to the wall with this "Picture Hanging System" that we purchased at Lowe's.  It'll hold up to 200 pounds, which is more than enough for this headboard.

The entire project cost around $60. 

The nightstand is from Ikea.  I found it in the "As Is" room for $7.99!  A little cleaning and a black sharpie to a nick in it and it looks great!

Thanks so much for visiting!


  1. Your son will appreciate his new and improved room. What a bargain! Everything looks so nice.

  2. What a good idea! My daughter is wanting to update her room so this is a reasonable option! Thanks for sharing.

  3. What a beautiful headboard! You make this project look so easy! So easy that I might just have to try it in my daughters bedroom makeover! :D

  4. Don't you just love those "as is" bargains! Great job!!!

  5. Hello,

    That room looks great!
    Thank you for sharing.

  6. So happy to meet you, Love your headboard and your kitchen also. I look forward to seeing more. I am a new follower also. Hugs, Marty

  7. Nice blog. Thanks for your nice comment on my blog - Queen B. I'm following you now and can't wait for your next improvment!

  8. Hi Pam...

    I just read your sweet note that you left over on my winter mantel post and came right over! You said that you used to follow me over at RMS? Please forgive me...I'm trying to place you but have such a bad memory! Nevertheless, I am just tickled pink to find another friend from RMS!!!

    Well my dear friend...first of all...I just want to give you a big hearty "Welcome" to Blogland! I'm sooo glad that you started a blog! I just spent the last few minutes going through all of your blog posts and you have a delightful blog! I see that you have also recently moved to a different's really beautiful! I love all of the changes that you've made to it so that beautiful front door and your kitchen island! Your honey is a very talented, love, LOVE how your new kitchen island turned out! Ohhh...and it really does give so much more room turned the different direction! I also like the fact that you can get chairs or bar stools under the one end now! Awesome, my friend! get up to date on your lastest project...your son's new headboard! I just love it! Again, you and your honey did a fabulous job building it and it looks sooo pretty in the bedroom! Can't believe that you found that nice little bed table for just $7.99...yeeehawww! Hehe!

    Well my dear, I'm sooo very happy that you stopped by and let me know that you now have a blog! I have added you to my list of blog follows and really look forward to our visits!

    Warmest winter wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  9. Looks awesome Pam! I love it!

  10. You did a great job on the headboard. It looks really nice and perfect for the room and a great buy on the table!....Christine

  11. Hi Pam, what a wonderful surprise to find another friend from RMS days, please refresh my memory as to what you went under. Those days were so much fun in the beginning. It's always nice to rememeber the good 'ole days. lol
    Welcome to Blogland darling. It is one of the nicest places to be. Everyone is always so kind and generous.
    I have to say you have one handy husband. What a gift he has.
    Thank you for swinging by to see the mantel and saying hello... I look forward to catching up with you. hugs ~lynne~

  12. Hi, I'm a new follower stopping by from Debbie's Newbie Link Party!! This is awesome!!! I am dying for a new headboard, one that I can paint white. This is fabulous. The hubs is reluctant to let me paint the one we have. I keep thinking I'll just build one, well I'll just add that to my growing to do list. you have an awesome blog!!!

  13. Love the headboard. We made one too. Aren't they fun? Check ours out! We actually made it to the This Old House Blog one day with this little DIY. We were so excited.

  14. Great headboard! My hubbie has a poster from, probably the 80's, of the exact picture you have hanging on the wall. Nice room!!

  15. How great!! I love a good handy project :0) Im your newest follower and I cant wait to see what else you come up with.

  16. I can't believe it! This is exactly what I want to do. This is the look I want to go for. Thanks so much! I am so excited to get started. Going to talk to my hubby about it now!


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