I'm so excited to reveal what I've been working on the past few days!
I've seen a lot of headboard DIYs on Pinterest but I thought I would try something different for my space. Instead of an actual headboard, I decided on a large-scale artwork collage. That way, the space where a headboard would be is covered, but it is also easily changed if I ever decide I want to try something different.
I shall call her... the Faux Headboard.
As always, I definitely wanted to use as much stuff that I already had on hand, so I built my idea around that Plumes poster that I talked about in this post. Also lying around my house were a couple 16x20 canvases and some paint, and a great piece of art from this shop on Etsy that I actually purchased in a local gift shop in Cleveland a while ago. The artist has a lot of awesome "alternate" maps of cities like Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Cleveland that include giant lake monsters, zombies, and other sweet characters. I love his artwork and I just might have to buy more some day!
To start the faux headboard collage, I broke out the paint and brushes and got creative. I am not a painter by any means, but I am proud to say this is actually the second painting I have completed in my life! Go me. That should tell you something: do not be intimidated by painting. Really, if you can hold a pencil, you can paint. All I did was pick a few coordinating colors and hash out a big, fat, geometric pattern. I chose triangles because I have a plan for some triangles in my bedroom's future, which you will see some time later, and I knew this canvas would end up tying all the triangular goodness together. One thing I found that was a good way to get the canvas to "pop" was to add a contrasting color to the edges. It just helped the painting stand out and look completed, don't you think?
If you are renting an apartment or house, think about how you can use other materials to create looks that you might not be allowed to do according to your lease. Want to paint a statement stenciled wall like this one? Use a combination of canvases to accomplish something similar. You can find canvases on sale at places like Michael's or JoAnn's, and with their 40% off coupons that they often have via their respective phone apps, snagging canvases over time is not an expensive endeavor.
If you really like the look of this kind of wall stencil, but it is just not possible in your apartment or rental home, well..... stay tuned because I have a great solution for an upcoming post. :)
For this project I ended up only using one canvas. Now, both the Plumes poster and the Alternate Cleveland History piece needed frames, and since I was feeling productive and cheap, I decided to try my hand at making some. I loosely followed this tutorial from Young House Love, but since I am lazy and hate following directions, I kinda made it up as I went. Turns out that wasn't so smart but hey, in the end it worked and I will show you how I did it. This whole tutorial is doable in an apartment because it requires only a tiny bit of tool action. The only part you will have to do in a larger space, or outdoors, is the spray painting. Fumes are not good, people. But you should know that. What you might not know is how to make a frame. Well I'll tell you.
First thing I did was take some measurements of the posters. Keep in mind that when you measure your posters, you want the insides of your frames to be smaller the whole way around by a half-inch or so. I say this because I didn't do it. I was so excited about the sunny weather and the prospect of doing projects that I stupidly made my frames exactly the right size. Which proved to be a problem when I went to staple the artwork to them. Oops, there was nowhere to staple. The art didn't overlap the wood at all. I AM DUMB. But my stupid pain can be YOUR gain! Hooray! I lose, you win!
Time to gather the materials. For my frames I decided to lay the wood flat, rather than on its edge like John and Sherry did in YHL. For the wood I used two 1x2x6in pine boards. I had a nice fella name Ryan cut them for me at the store, into 8 pieces according to my [wrong] measurements. They didn't charge me for cutting, which was cool. In addition to the wood, I needed to purchase some items which from now on, I will have on hand: wood glue and a staple gun (with staples). I already had a sander and spray paint at home. My total at Lowe's for all of the materials came to just under $30, at $29.92. But if I hadn't had to buy the glue and staple gun, I would've only spent $6.66 on the wood. Ooh, creepy. That number should've warned me of the annoyances that were to come in this project...
Anyway, when I got home, I got to assembling. All I did was glue together the pieces of wood, then added staples to the back for extra holding strength. After letting the glue dry, I made sure there were no rough edges by sanding any splintery parts. Then I used a couple coats of spray primer and a couple coats of metallic gold Valspar spray paint.
The next day I attached some sawtooth picture hangers that I already had on hand. The ones I have are equipped with the teensiest, tiniest nails with which to attach the hanger to the back of your picture. Super annoying. To fix that little irritation, I nailed a "pilot hole" into the frame with a much-easier-to-handle nail, pulled it out, then nailed in the tiny baby nail. Look at this picture for reference to how small these nails were. Ridiculous, right? My thumbs are far too big for that nonsense.
After I attached the sawtooth hangers, I was finished making the frames. Yay! Time for the fun. EXCEPT NO. Because like I said, I made the frames the exact size of the pictures and I didn't realize my stupid, stupid mistake until I was all done. But luckily I am a champion at improvising so I figured out a way to secure the artwork in the frames without bashing my head against a wall. For the Cleveland print it was easy--all I did was duct tape it to the back. Voila. The Plumes poster took a bit more of an effort: I found a large piece of cardboard and stapled that to the back of the frame. Then I glued the poster to the cardboard. It wasn't the route I wanted to go, but in the end it worked so whatever.
Consider these frames completed. Consider me humbled. Consider reading directions important. I know the frames are a little rough around the edges, but I'm a fan, and hey I made them myself! Check it.
To hang these frames, I used wall anchors because the walls in my house are plaster. For something light like the canvas, it is acceptable to use nails (which I did), but anything with a bit of weight should definitely be equipped with secure wall hangings. Putting in wall anchors is actually very simple, so long as you own a drill. If you don't you should get one. Or ask your boyfriend for one for Christmas, which is what I did.
Let's take another gander at how these beauties look on my wall.
GASP! Why, wait a minute? What's that? Could it be new sheets? WHY YES. I found these adorable Ralph Lauren 100% cotton, vintagey-looking sheets at TJMaxx for a mere $39.99! I had to snatch them up. And by snatch I mean I waited in line and purchased them like a good American consumer. Having all-white bedding was a good theory, but it was just not practical in real life. I absolutely love these darn sheets. I can't wait to sleep in them tonight.
So there you have it! Headboard, schmeadboard is what I say. Faux headboards are where it's at. Boom.