Monday, November 29, 2010

Headboard Tutorial (as promised)

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and now for that tutorial I promised.
First, you acquire a refrigerator box (the cardboard is double thick). Also, you will need to have a picture of the headboard (I snagged mine from the Ballard Designs website). Print it out as large as you can. After printing it out, you will need to use a ruler and pencil to create a grid on the picture aka:Elementary Art Style.
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I knew I wanted the overall width to be 40” so I scaled it so each half would be 20”. Draw a grid on one side of the box to match the overall with you are seeking (sorry I didn’t get pictures of that).
Once you have the design scaled up on the refrigerator box side, use a handy dandy jig saw to cut it out. (Remember the cardboard is extra thick so this is the easiest way).
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Add ”posts” (I used 4 thicknesses to add depth) I then decided I wanted dimension on the edges, so I cut strips the width of the yardstick, and hot glued them to the scrolled edge. Then use spray “Kilz” to seal cardboard and make a white background.
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Now it’s time to get messy . . . Disassemble the romance novel of you choice (I chose Jane Austin’s “Pride and Prejudice”). Mix good old white glue 70/30 with water and decoupage to novel pages to the edges first followed by the flat surfaces.
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When completely covered in pages from the novel, I used watered down, left-over wall paint to “age” the pages. Then I sealed all with clearcoat spray.
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Attach this: (museum mount style picture hanger)
using this:
and the final result is an “Anthropology” Style”, “Ballard Design Knock-off” headboard that any young college-aged girl will go Ga-ga over.
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Thanks for stopping by.
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  1. Love it! Very creative with supplies!

  2. WOW I am super impressed at this project....I just love it...of course I love anthro but seriously how many of us can afford their prices. Well you certainly did a great knock off!

  3. I have to follow you, I have a feeling you have some more good tricks up your sleeve.

  4. That is the coolest idea ever! love it

  5. What a neat project and a spectacular outcome. Thanks for the tutorial. Also, thanks for visiting my blog... I think your ceiling suggestion for my dining room (silver leafing) is a great idea!

  6. I signed up to be a follower. Anyone who can make such a perfect knock-off must be followed!

  7. OMG! This is so creative and cool. Thanks for sharing such an awesome headboard! Terry

  8. Fabulous! I would have never guessed it was made of cardboard if it wasn't for your wonderful tutorial. Your room is stunning :D
    Thank you for linking up to the first ever "Amaze Me Monday" blog party.

  9. Nice information, valuable and excellent design, as share good stuff with good ideas and concepts, lots of great information and inspiration, both of which we all need, thanks for all the enthusiasm to offer such helpful information here.

  10. I feel that there will be some appliance boxes, kiltz and hodge podge in my future very is gorgeous! Thank you for the wonderful idea and tutorial!

  11. Holy Smokes ! pretty impressive...puts my little paper flower to shame...:o( haha....awesome job ! thanks for letting me know about it ! :o)

  12. I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

    God Bless You :-)


  13. FABULOUS! I ADORE this idea! WOW.

    Warm blessings,

  14. Oh, my goodness! This project has everything I love -- re-used materials, book pages, and glue! I MUST try this! Thanks for stopping by House Revivals!

  15. This is fantastic! I pinned it and stumbled the post. Brilliant.

  16. I like yours much more than Ballards!! What character!!!! It's BEAUTIFUL.

    Anne Nonimus (not really--Just don't have blog!)


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