Friday, September 30, 2011

Destruction Before Reconstruction: Headboard

**Warning, Mrs Hawley is about to bombard you with a ton of pictures; brace yourself & consider yourself warned**

After a lot of hunting in the stores and perusing blogland and pinterest, the Mr and I never found a headboard we liked.  Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of great headboards out there, but there was always something about it: it’s too expensive, it doesn’t fit us, it wont match the room. You get the idea.  Perhaps I’m a bit “particular”. 

My top two favorite headboard options were these:

I loved the idea that I could make this one all by myself and for a great price.  I planned on using the same stencil and paint that I used on the nightstand (here).  I thought it would still have that rustic romance feel I was going for and that the stencil would tie everything together but not too match-matchy.  Phil said he really didn't like this one because it looked “unfinished” and I could see where he got that from.  I mean it is just a bunch of 2x8’s.  Maybe it was a bit girly too.heather_after
So my next favorite option that I could make was this one.  I was thinking that I would cover it in burlap like the lamp (here) and then use upholstery nails on the sides.  But then I felt like I was settling, because while this one IS gorgeous, it didn’t feel like it was me.  Ya know?DSC_0707 
  After about 4 weeks of nothingness I was getting a bit discouraged; I felt like I was hitting a brick wall with this room make-over.  Then I went on a drive……I wish it was as amazing as it sounds, but to be honest, most of this drive was spent sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic.  That is besides the point though.  I generally do my best thinking in the shower and in the car; on this particular day, I had my brainstorm in the car.
Remember these shutters?DSC05667-2 from this project?DSC05708-2

Oh yeah, I think you know where I’m going with this. 

For my shutter picture holder I only used 1 panel.  Meaning that I had 2 more just waiting to be used for something (Yes I feel like a complete idiot because it took me about a month of tripping over the extra panels for it to finally click in my brain).  All I needed for this project was a few screws, a drill, a saw,  and some muscles! (enter sexy husband)
Phil cut the feet off of the panels.DSC05960
Turned the panels horizontally, and drilled them to the wall.  Yes they were small screws in case I changed my mind so as not to destroy the wall, but big enough so it wouldn't fall down.DSC05962-2


Shutter headboard

Does it get easier or cheaper than that?!DSC06005-2DSC06003-2DSC05999-2DSC06000-2
What do you think? Am I sticking to rustic romance, or am I a cheap-o that needs to stop trying to be a designer and just go to Pottery Barn?
xoxo Darby


Shannon Boyer said...

I LOVE it! Not a cheapo at all! Very crafty!

Joy said...

DIVINE!!! It's perfect! I love it! Now, when are you coming to do mine?? =)

sherri lynn said...

Not a cheapo at all! I love shutter headboards and yours turned out great! I'd say hold of running to Pottery Barn as long as you're pumping out these awesome projects! :)

Lindsay said...

This is so beautiful! I am very impressed! Great job!

Ashley said...

hey girl. looks great!!! great job!

Irish Italian Blessings said...

So funny because when I saw the shutters I totally wondered what you would do with the other panels, I think they're perfect!! Oh and so looking at the pic of you and your hubs from your wedding, is he really tall or are you really short? : )

Crystal said...

BRILLIANT!!! I love it, Darby! It looks perfect!

Natasha in Oz said...

It's good that you have used Pinterest as a starting point and that you are coming up with your own ideas in the process. Pinterest is great like that! Your inspiration pins are great but I think your project is fabulous. Great job!

I have posted about a few of my favourite pins on my blog today and if you have 5 Minutes to spare please pop by! I would be honoured if you could also link up your post to my new Pinning and Singing Linky Party as this post is just fabulous!

Best wishes,
Natasha @ 5 Minutes Just for Me

Anonymous said...

Awesome! So so cute! I may totally steal this idea...just love it! Why would you go to Pottery Barn when you can do it yourself? :)

Maggie @sweetwaterbaby.blogspot

Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

I think it's a great idea! And look at it this way...if you get tired of it in the near future, what have you lost? Nothing!! So ENJOY! It looks great with all your neutral bedding!

Natasha in Oz said...

I just wanted to pop back and say thanks so very much for linking up to my Pinning and Singing Pinterest Party. I am so thrilled that you joined in. I hope to see you again this weekend!

Best wishes and happy pinning!

Marie said...

Love how it turned out! Thanks so much for linking up with us at Show & Share!


The Sims II said...

NO way this is awesome!! I have tagged these photos in what I like to call my "forever house" files. For when we end up in the house of our dreams!!

Crystal said...

Hey! Just stopping by to let you know I featured this tonight. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)

Kirsten said...

Love it! Very creative!

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