This is one of my most prized projects. It took a little more money, time and effort, but I couldn’t be happier with the final result. My teenage daughter actually wanted to move into the guest room once it was finished. There were a lot of components to this project, and my husband helped me with most of it. I found the fireplace mantle for $70 on Craigslist from a guy who was remodeling an old house. I knew I wanted to gray-wash the piece, which involved trial and error faux painting to get the desired color and texture. The good news is that this is mostly a trial-and-error process, there is no right way. It’s completely up to your design discretion. After I painted the piece, my husband and I built the padded insert and attached it to the mantle frame. I absolutely love this piece, and if I had room in my house, I would build another one. This Mantle Headboard project cost me about $225; totally worth it and still cheaper than buying even a generic headboard. Stay tuned for details on transforming an old gun case into a beautiful gray-washed armoire to match the headboard!
I’ll have several tutorials coming soon for the different components of this project and other pieces like it.
Here are some additional Pinterest DIY Headboards to browse through.