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March 29, 2014

Crafting a headboard

Salvaged items turn into bedroom focal points

Since the headboard of a bed is often the focal point of a bedroom, crafty people are resourcefully using a number of unusual items to create an original piece with flair. Expensive headboards can be purchased, but more and more they are being rejected for homemade alternatives.

Fashioning a headboard takes less brawn than you may expect. Creativity is the secret sauce that makes a memorable piece — and repurposing old, worn items seems to be the rage.

In an effort to cheer her after a difficult move, friends visited Christa Sterken (whose home is filled with treasures she has crafted) and promptly shut her out of her own bedroom in order to surprise her with a new headboard.

Having salvaged some wooden blinds before they were trashed, her friends painted them black. After forming a rectangle on the wall with molding and trim pieces, they painted the center white. Fastening the black shutters in the center of the rectangle, they created a striking focal point.

At first glance, the arrangement appears to be an actual headboard. Upon closer inspection, a visitor can see that the entire addition is attached to the wall and not the bed itself.

“We were a little nervous when four women descended on the house and took over,” she admitted. “But I love it and it is a wonderful gift. It is so touching to sleep every night under such a personal gift. I know they love me.”

Desiring a unique headboard that matched the color and romance of her room, Lisa Pay enlisted help from her friend, Gina Stuckey, to choose appropriate fabric and, oddly enough, an old porch door.

Turning the door on its side made it the perfect dimensions to top Lisa’s bed. The duo then set about lining the door with padding and fabric before aiming the staple gun. Choosing three rows of mismatched buttons added even more interest to the piece.

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