How can I make a headboard out of a fireplace mantel & columns?

I inherited a fireplace mantel from my great grandparents home. Initially I had planned to paint it white and use as a headboard. Once I stripped the paint and varnish the wood itself is beautiful. Now that I have decided to stain not sure how to use the set of salvaged columns and half columns as they can not be stained. Just not sure how the painted columns will look with the stained mantel. Don't know if I should use the half columns to frame the mantel and cut the whole columns and use at foot of bed. I have a blank wall for canvas and want it to be a wow when you walk in. I've been sitting on this project for 5 years! Need suggestions!

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