Monday, September 9, 2013

I made a headboard for $4.70!!

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Yup, true story!  $4.70!  I got all my supplies at the Habitat for Humanity Restore, that’s a mere 10 cents a foot for the wood.  And did I mention I built it myself???  No, I am not proud, why do you ask?

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I wanted it to look a tad shabby, not perfect.  And I love how it turned out!  I used a homemade chalk paint, using a mixture of two paint colors, both Valspar free samples from Lowes. I mixed 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of powdered grout, and then added it to 1 cup of paint.

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I found the bed frame and the mattresses on FreeCycle and guess what-- it was free! I never thought I would get a used mattress from someone I didn’t know but let me tell you, when this owner told me she had shampooed the mattress and it had dried outside in the sun for two days, I decided it was a safe bet. The owner told me she got new bedroom furniture and she had decided to buy a new mattress set with the new furniture.  I did check it out really well, and covered it with a zip mattress protector.  Even the bed frame was in perfect shape.

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It took me all afternoon to design the layout and cut the pieces and put it all together. 

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I don’t usually do such big projects so I had to pull out the sawhorses.

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I thought about leaving it like this but decided I wanted it all the same color.  Although I do like the white posts and top. I sealed it with Kilz as I was not sure what the spots on the wood were.  I didn’t want the stains to bleed through when I was done with it!

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After the chalk paint, I used a sealing wax and it has a soft luster to it!

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I am very very proud of this project and also how much money I spent on it!  Gotta love a great DIY project!

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I will be linking to these great parties!

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17 comments:

Amy said...

This may be my favorite project of yours. I love it! Great job!

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

It's gorgeous! I love Restore!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

You did an amazing job, I love it. Super tutorial too. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Julia Klimek said...

WOW!!! Look what you did for the cost of a large coffee!!! LOL! It is beautiful and I love the color! Julia

Gracie Lathrop said...

This is awesome! I've been searching for easy DIY bed ideas for out guest room and stumbled upon yours :) I would love it if you would share at my weekly party
http://gracelangdon.blogspot.com/2013/09/making-monday-4.html

Kammy Wielenga said...

great job - LOVE the color!

My Way to Fit and Fab said...

WOW! If I could find materials that cheap I would totally try this! It is so cute!

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Jennie said...

Looks amazing!!
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TaMara @ ImplausiblyBeautiful said...

I love it! Good job and that price can't be beat!

Life Between Potato and Rice said...

Looks great ! You did such an amazing job ! most of all love the price tag :)

Best,
Marlin

Becca Diestelkamp-Woodham said...

Looks great! I really need to check out the Restore. They just opened a closer one up to me. Thanks for sharing! Stop by my Friday's Five Features tomorrow and link up this post (and others)! http://diy-vintage-chic.blogspot.com

Creative Raisins said...

That is fantastic, Imagine what it would have cost you in a store to buy that. Great Job ~ Lisa

Joy Candrian said...

You should be proud! Fun pop of color too.
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Shaffer Sisters said...

Very beautiful. I love this.

Deidre said...

FABULOUS!!! Im so proud of you! this is not only a real deal but a beauty too!

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

That's fantastic - so cute and so inexpensive. Good for you for taking on the project yourself.

Mary Leigh said...

It looks great! I'm needing to make a headboard myself and this is some inspiration for sure - and for less than $5! That's awesome.
http://thriftfortoday.blogspot.com