DIY Personalized Headboard

One of the things that I had told my seven year old I would do this summer was redecorate the guest room so that she could have her own room. The girls have shared a room for a few years and Ella has been asking for quite some time if she could have her own room. I gave in.

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I think I’ve mentioned a few times how much Ella loves fashion. She actually has a really good eye. She spent weeks on Pinterest looking for ideas and colors. Yes, she’s seven. We had thought of a few ideas. At first my sister (this one) was going to make a fabric headboard. But, because Ella had her opinions on what style of bedspread she wanted, I finally decided to create a plain white headboard so she could pick out her bedspread. It was so simple to make and I think it turned out really cute!

DIY Headboard:

I bought 7 pieces of wood at Lowes. The width is 7 inches and because she has a full bed I cut them to be 53.5 inches long. If you don’t have a saw then Lowe’s or Home Depot will cut your wood for you.

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After they were cut, I sanded the edges down so that they were smooth. Then I stained them with some dark stain that I had on hand. It’s up to you whether or not you want to stain them. After I painted them white I sanded them again to give it a weathered or distressed look. The stain helped it to show up darker than the actual wood that I bought. It’s hard to tell in the pictures, but it does look good.

I have to apologize I did not take pictures of me actually putting up the headboard. I was in sort of a hurry that day and actually forgot! But, it was very simple. First, find where the studs are in the wall. Starting at the bottom, put your board on the wall and measure where you are going to screw it into the wall. I made small dots on the board and screwed it in with 8 x 2 flat head Phillips wood screws. Once the first board was in it was easy to just measure where the other screws went on the following boards.

Then we decided to personalize it with her name. I basically used the exact same steps as I when I made these faux mini pallet signs. The only difference was that I had to cut each individual letter out one at a time because I only have a small Cricut. I also used contact paper instead of vinyl. It’s sort of hard to see the white on white, but it’s there. 

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Once you line up the name and are happy with how it is centered then paint away! 

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Then comes the fun part. Peel off the contact paper and lightly sand over the name again to make it look a bit weathered like the boards.

*Those two purples are really the same color. I took the pictures at different times during the day. Funny how a little less light changes things

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I also forgot to take a picture of the old guest room. I remembered right before I started painting and had removed everything out of the room and off the walls. For all of my family members that are wondering where they are going to sleep when they come visit, don’t worry. We made it very clear that if we let Ella have the guest room, she had to give it up to ‘guests’ and go sleep with her sister while they are here.

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I also spray painted her old lamp with a purple color that matched her bedding. Luckily I had that perfect color on hand. She also needed a side table, so I bought a cheap one ($12) at Walmart, but it was black, so I painted it white. We also thought it was cool that her Bible totally matched her bedding. Ha!

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It is such a cozy room and Ella LOVES it. We have a few more things we’d like to do, like hang pictures and possibly make a fabric banner she liked from Pinterest. But, for now she is happy. And so am I.

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~Jenny

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