DIY Ballard Designs Headboard

4 Materials
5 Hours

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

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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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.

    • Cheryl Gloe
      on Nov 25, 2019

      Judith, I wondered the same. The photo clearly shows the headboard being painted with BEHR.

  • 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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  • Linda Premo
    on Nov 26, 2019

    It turn out very pretty unique and special❣️ I love the addition of your little bird and the shape you chose for your headboard🤗

  • Tina Meckley
    on Nov 30, 2019

    Great headboard!!!!

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