Don’t you love it when a DIY blogger says, “I’ll be back tomorrow to show you the finished such-and-such,” and then they completely disappear for an entire week? So sorry. Last Tuesday, my body finally made me slow down. I got sick, and even took a little trip to the emergency room, and then practically slept away an entire week. (No worries! All is well now.) Yesterday was the first day that I actually felt normal again, so I was finally able to finish my headboard.
And the headboard is finished, for the most part. (I might still add another coat of stain, and then I need to polyurethane the whole thing.)
It’s big, it makes a bold statement…and best of all, it was cheap. I only had to purchase eleven cedar fence pickets at $2.25 each, and everything else I already had on hand.
I wanted a really big, bold headboard to fill a good portion of the long, white wall in this room, and the easiest way to do that was by using inexpensive materials. And if you’ve read my blog for long, you know how much I love cedar for that very reason!
Here’s a quick run down of the steps I covered last week:
So to finish up the headboard, I needed to start by doing a lot of sanding. And I mean A TON of sanding. As in, it ended up taking me about two hours to sand the whole thing.
If you’ve ever taken a close look at cedar fence boards, you know how incredibly rough they are.
So knowing how much sanding I had ahead of me, I decided to do the job inside to spare my neighbors the noise. And knowing that the job was going to be a long one, I decided to dig into my box of goodies I recently received from 3M™ TEKK Protection™.
The Digital WorkTunes™ Hearing Protector and AM/FM Stereo Radio was just what I needed!
Y’all, these things are amazing. Truly. I was using a very loud Shop Vac along with my loud rotary sander, and yet with the Digital WorkTunes™ Hearing Protector, all I heard was a very low hum, and I was able to listen to music the entire time I worked.
And music always makes work more enjoyable, right? Yep, I was a content DIYer.
Yep, these things are definitely going to become a regular part of my DIY life. I love listening to music while I work, but so often with the loud tools I use, it’s just not possible. But now it is!
The only bad thing about them is that they block out so much sound that if Matt needed me, I couldn’t hear him talking to me at all. At one point, I took a break from sanding, and I went into the breakfast room and sat down at my computer, but I was so enjoying my music that I didn’t take off the hearing protector. Matt was right there at the table talking to me, and I couldn’t hear a sound. Not at all.
The moral of that story is that when you’re using these, be sure you have your cell phone on you, keep it in your pocket, and be sure it’s set to vibrate so that people can actually get in touch with you if they need you. Because otherwise, once you get focused on your project while enjoying your music, you’ll be oblivious to everything going on around you. I know from experience.
So after a considerable amount of sanding, the boards were starting to look really pretty. Here you can see what a difference the sanding makes.
After it was all sanded, I used pre-stain wood conditioner on the whole thing, waited the recommended amount of time, and then gave the headboard a coat of Early American stain.
It was pretty, but not quite as dark and rich as I wanted it to look. So after that was dry, I followed up with a coat of Dark Walnut. I like it much better, but I still might give it another coat. I’m going to wait until I get the bed and bedding in first before I make that decision.
So that’s it. Not too bad for $25 dollars, right? And I think the stained wood works well to tie in the stained wood countertop and shower floor mat in the adjoining bathroom.
Plus, I think the stained wood will also keep all of the bright colors in this room from looking too much like a kid’s room. Hopefully.
This room is coming together! I still need to make the curtains, hang some shelves above the desk, find a bedside table (I’ll have to rummage through my storage to see if I have something I can use), cover the desk chair, and then find some really inexpensive bedding. Oh, and I need a bed! Ha! Fortunately, my brother has one I can borrow. Now I just need to see if he’s willing to deliver it.
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