From Inspiration to Inexpensive: Headboard Edition
As I’ve mentioned before, I live in an old house. With this in mind, it can be assumed that my home has the same challenges as other older homes. In this instance, it’s a smaller floor plan where the size of my bedroom dictates that my bed be placed directly in front of a window. This can be a tricky situation, but after a little online shopping I found some beautiful headboards that could go in front of a window without blocking the light. Problem solved, right? Absolutely, if I wanted to spend $400 on a headboard, but I did not. So, I turned this inspiration into an inexpensive design solution.
I love both of these headboards, they’re light and airy and instead of blocking light, they make it an even more appealing feature. I knew I wanted this look in my bedroom, so I started obsessively checking Craigslist in hopes that someone would be selling their gently used West Elm headboard. That never happened, but I did find something that I thought would work.
For $30, this headboard has all the features I love about the ones from West Elm, it just needed a little work. To give it the same white enamel look as the inspiration piece, I started by sanding the wood so the paint would stick, then wiped it down with a damp towel to remove the dust. Next I applied three coats of bright white satin finish paint. Even with the satin finish, it still didn’t have the enamel look I was after, so I finished it off with an aerosol clear coat to make it shine. Here’s the final product:
So, a $30 headboard + $15 in paint = $45 project. This very simple DIY headboard saved me $355! Here are some side by side comparisons.
In the end, I’m even happier with my headboard, not only because of the money I saved, but because it’s a one-of-a-kind piece.