I had posted a while ago about our headboard inspiration for our new house here in Portland. Click here to catch up. There are times in life when you see something you love, try to recreate it, and it turns out horribly. Your expectations were so high, the original too good…you know how the story goes. I am happy to say this was NOT the case with our headboard.
Mr. Fancy Pants never ceases to amaze me. We joke with him all the time that he should be able to do everything, a Jack of all Trades if you will, because he is an Eagle Scout. In all seriousness though, the man can do everything. I had no idea he knew how to use power tools or BUILD something for that matter! Only one thing to say about that. I was wrong.
If you didn’t see my previous post, here was our inspiration for our bed in our new house.
We discussed wood first. Considering the wood would pretty much make or break the piece, we wanted to make sure that we had lumber with character. A friend in Austin suggested going to The ReBuilding Center–the area’s largest collection of building and remodeling materials. That was our plan until my mother called and offered to bring up the wood that used to make up the fence from my childhood home in Texarkana, TX. Free lumber that has already been aged for 10+ years? YES please!
Mom graciously (though there is not really a word that will touch the surface of what all she did for us) offered to come help us pack in Austin and unpack in Portland. She brought about 20 panels from the old fence with her up to Austin and we loaded them into the moving truck along with everything else. For those of you who care about the construction, I am going to go through our process as best I can, for those who don’t, enjoy the pictures!
- 10 recycled fence boards (6′ x 8″)
- 3 extra stained boards (6′ x 4″) — We threw these in for some variation
- 4 pieces of wood to act as braces (88.5″ x 3.5″)
- Table saw (thank you ADX!!)
- 2 x 100 count boxes of black wood screws
We wanted our headboard to be 92″ tall which is how we determined how many boards to use. We had extra stained wood from our shelving project (more on that later) and we decided to mix it in to break up the board sizes. We also decided that we wanted to have more of a “laid brick” look to it. Rather than keeping all of the boards the full 6′ long we cut them in varying lengths to mix and match. You’ll see from the pictures, all of the boards were different colors so this added a lot to the overall look. The boards were 6′ long. We arranged the rows the boards into three variations:
- Full length (6′)
- 1/3 + 2/3 (24″ board + 48″ board)
- 1/3 + 1/3 + 1/3 (3 x 24″ boards)
We set out next to buy a mattress, find bedding and a bed frame. The mattress part was easy. We snagged amazing bedding from Restoration Hardware on sale and then were just waiting to find a bed frame. After about 2 weeks of searching, we decided, what the heck! We can build that too! And so we did. Stay tuned for the finished product!