Monday, September 9, 2013

I made a headboard for $4.70!!


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?


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.


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.


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


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


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!


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


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


I will be linking to these great parties!



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

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!

Jennie said...

Looks amazing!!
Come link up with us today!

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 :)


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)!

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.

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.