Tricia
Tricia
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  • Houston, TX

DIY Ballard Designs Headboard

4 Materials
$75.00
5 Hours
Medium

This headboard sells for over $600 on Ballard Designs website, but we made one ourselves for only $75 in wood (and a little birdy!)
diy ballard designs headboard, bedroom ideas, home decor
We started off with some boards that we glued and doweled together.
diy ballard designs headboard, bedroom ideas, home decor
We decided that the horizontal boards alone seemed a bit flimsy. So we added boards going vertical on the other side, and reinforced all of it with some nails.
diy ballard designs headboard, bedroom ideas, home decor
To get the image on the boards he printed out a copy of a picture I had of the original headboard...traced it and cut it out.
diy ballard designs headboard, bedroom ideas, home decor
Then we used the old school projector I bought on e-bay to project the image and trace it out onto the wood...
diy ballard designs headboard, bedroom ideas, home decor
Once the image was projected onto the wood we traced it out to the size we wanted.
diy ballard designs headboard, bedroom ideas, home decor
Using a skill saw we cut out our design...
diy ballard designs headboard, bedroom ideas, home decor
diy ballard designs headboard, bedroom ideas, home decor
Once the design was cut, we went back and sanded down all of the edges so that it would be smooth.
diy ballard designs headboard, bedroom ideas, home decor
Our little bird was getting rather impatient to take his perch, but there was still a bit more work to do!
diy ballard designs headboard, bedroom ideas, home decor
I painted this piece using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in French Linen...
diy ballard designs headboard, bedroom ideas, home decor
Then we added hooks to the back for hanging the headboard on the wall.
diy ballard designs headboard, bedroom ideas, home decor
We used remnant wood pieces to construct our own finials...
diy ballard designs headboard, bedroom ideas, home decor
The finials added a little character, and finally our little bird was in place!
diy ballard designs headboard, bedroom ideas, home decor
And here is the headboard finished and in place. Not bad for under $100 and an afternoon's work!
diy ballard designs headboard, bedroom ideas, home decor

Resources for this project:

Random Orbit Sander, Tacklife 6 Variable Speed 3.0A 350W / 13000...
CHALK PAINT (R) by Annie Sloan - French Linen (Quart - 32oz) –...
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To see more: http://littlecottageonthepond.blogspot.com/2013/03/headboard-construction.html

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5 questions
  • Judy D Harne
    on Apr 30, 2018

    Where did you find the bird?

    • Tricia
      on May 1, 2018

      Hobby Lobby- about six years ago.

    • Dee Simmons
      on Jun 13, 2018

      Hobby Lobby still has them. I bought one the other day.


    • Barleysue
      on Jun 13, 2018

      I also saw them at Pier One.

    • Dianne
      on Jun 17, 2018

      Not bad for under $100 and an afternoons worth of work you say? Give yourself more credit than that girlfriend! Those finials and the bird took your project up a couple of notches  I am a big fan of Annie Sloan's French Linen as well . . . great job.

  • Jacquelyne May
    on Jun 13, 2018

    What is the bird made of? How did you attach it?


  • Judith S Farmer
    on Jun 15, 2018

    Why does it look like you have all these random length boards? And why a can of Behr paint in pic when you say AS?

    • Jo
      on Jun 18, 2018

      She painted the bird with AS chalk paint. The bird.

  • Sophia
    on Jun 19, 2018

    Why is there no bird in the final shot?

  • Carolyn Carraher
    on Apr 11, 2019

    Hi.. Love the pillows. Where did you get them?

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