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Inexpensive, Easy, Great Looking Headboard

While sprucing up the guest bedroom I was looking for a quick, easy, cheap and great looking headboard idea. I didn’t find any inspiration online that I wanted to execute on but I did find a box of click together, glueless laminate flooring in the basement that the previous home owners left behind and knew it would work perfectly for what I needed.

For a double bed it only took 8 pieces, about half of the box and no glue, nails or cutting. I literally just snapped the pieces together. The whole headboard rests on the floor and is held in place by the weight of the bed. For more depth and a little something extra I added 1″ X 1″ ledger boards on the back and threw an extra set of Ikea LEDs behind it for night-time ambiance. You could also mount it higher on the wall on a ledger board for a more dramatic look.

You can purchase this product or similar products at most home improvement stores and I found the same product at Home Depot for $22 a box. Cheap, quick and great looking. My kind of project. Here is the final product.

As always, if you have any questions on how I did this or need advice on making your own, just holler! Thanks for reading and remember, today’s ideas become tomorrow realities.

Junk In The Trunk

Who couldn’t use more storage? I know I could. Here’s one more way to hide your junk so no one can judge just how much unnecessary shit you have. This is my favorite kind of project… free and functional. I found this old steamer trunk in the alley. Its pretty beat up but I like that it has so much character. It’s  a little rusty…real worn.

It looks like it’s been around the world and quite literally, I think it has. On the inside of the trunk an envelope is taped to the lid. It says the trunk was sent from Saudi Arabia to Lexington Kentucky. No, the phone number doesn’t work. I tried.

There is also a fascinating little label on the outside of the trunk. “Life and Death. Questions for us all.” I can only imagine what kind of things this trunk used to contain.

To hang the trunk on the wall I used a support to position it where I wanted before attaching it to the wall. I think it was a shoe box or something. Anyway, anything will work to hold it up while you fasten it to the wall. I just used drywall screws. Depending on how heavy your trunk is and what you plan to stuff inside you might want to use anchors. That’s probably a good idea actually. Although, I like breaking the rules…which I will probably pay for when it comes crashing down in the middle of the night and I think a robber is trying to break in. Anyway, here is the final product.

Hope you enjoyed. As always, if you have any questions on how I did this or need advice on making your own, just holler! Thanks for reading and remember, today’s ideas become tomorrow realities.

The Drab Little Dresser

A coat of paint can make a big difference. This dresser was given to me by a friend and was in sore need of an update. After putting it off for a while I finally decided to do something about this drab little dresser. I had seen this idea before so I can’t take credit for it. If you Google “Chevron Dresser” you’ll get lots of different variations. This is what it looked like before.

I used painters tape to tape of the entire thing, keeping the pattern to only the drawers. I used the hardware and drawer edges to help line up the pattern. Once I had it all taped off I took the drawers to the garage for a few coats of spray paint. While those dried I picked up some hardware from the home depot. All-in-all the cost of this project was about $40 with the new hardware. Here’s the final product.

As always, if you have any questions on how I did this or need advice on making your own, just holler! Thanks for reading and remember, today’s ideas become tomorrow realities.

Recycled Futon Upholstered Headboard

I like the look of upholstered headboards but didn’t want to shell out hundreds of dollars. So, when I finally upgraded to a big boy apartment (a one bedroom versus a studio) it seemed like my futon would be better used as a headboard. Originally the futon was around $100 from Target. After all, I finally had room for a full-sized sofa. This is what the futon looks like assembled after purchase. Note the cheap looking chrome legs. I was more than ready to see those go. Target apparently uses a technology called “click-clack”… think patio chase lounge. It clicks up and clicks down to adjust the futon back from vertical to horizontal. What makes this piece suitable as a headboard is that folds completely flat and has a really solid inner structure. It’s not like a traditional futon with the mat sitting on top of a wooden frame.

All I needed to support the headboard while standing vertical was a few boards and screws that I had lying around in my garage. I simply attached them to the back of the futon while I had laying face down. I added a set of LEDs for dramatic effect at night. These particular LEDs are great because they can be changed to 8 different colors to suit your mood. Around $50 at IKEA. I opted to just sit the whole unit on the ground. It was much easier that way and I thought that since it was over-scaled it seemed better lower. Ya the back is kinda ramshackle but I figured no one would ever see it anyway. If I thought I would be sharing it with the world I might have taken more care to make the back look a little tidier.

Here is the final product. I finished the look off with some small floating shelves. Around $10 each from IKEA. These are great little space savers and easy to vacuum under.

I love using all kinds of lights to add atmosphere at night. LEDs are great because they don’t get hot, which makes them safe to duct tape to fabric as I did here. They are also low energy which I also love.

As always, if you have any questions on how I did this or need advice on making your own, just holler! Thanks for reading and remember, today’s dreams become tomorrow realities.

Stairway to Succulent Heaven

outdoor furniture used as garden storage and plant stand

This quarky little piece has been doubling as gardening supply storage and plant stand since before I moved into this apartment. My friend who lived here before me decided to repurpose it as outdoor furniture. Since its small in scale its the perfect size for the front porch and its unique shape makes it great for showing off favorite plants. The only downside is the elements have definitely taken their toll on this little gem. Spray paint to the rescue…again.

I started by removing all the drawers and hardware and giving it a thorough dusting.

It was about this time that I realized the veneer all along the top had become brittle and was peeling off. I took a putty knife to it and scraped and peeled away any areas that were loose to get the piece prepped for painting.

I chose a dark brown for the wood and a gloss black for the hardware. Here is the final product.

As always, if you have any questions on how I did this or need advice on making your own, just holler! Thanks for reading and remember, today’s dreams become tomorrow realities.

It’s my table and I’ll Krylon if I want to

I inherited this table when I moved into my apartment. It was old and oxidized and badly in need of some TLC. The overall structure of the table was pretty solid. There was a small crack in the back of one of the chairs but nothing a little gorilla glue couldn’t fix. I threw around some ideas and settled on a few coats of spray paint and a stenciled pattern on the top. Easy and cheap and I knew it would make a big difference. Here we go.

I started by cleaning up the table, washing all the dirt away and then got the stencil ready.

I had actually found this pattern on the back of a catalog. I scanned it in and then replicated it in illustrator. I mentioned in a previous post that I prefer to use paper for stencils since they’re easier to cut. This was the same deal. With the stencil all cut out and the table cleaned up, I took it into the studio for painting. This time I did apply a coat of primer prior to painting. The final touch was a small 5′ umbrealla that I got from World Market. Here’s the final product. I settled on my favorite color of blue and went with white for the stenciled area. I chose white because I wanted to add depth and texture to the table top but didn’t necessarily want high contrast.

As always, if you have any questions on how I did this or need advice on making your own, just holler! Thanks for reading and remember, today’s dreams become tomorrow realities.

Karma’s a Chair

Karma Chair

So the story goes: One night, someone stole this chair off my front porch, broke the back off it and threw it in the bushes. Granted, it was a little worn out, paint chipping, wobbly etc. but still… it was lame. I thought it would be cool to give it a new life as a statement piece. I used my favorite color paint, which I picked up in the “mistint” section at Home Depot. The total cost of this project was around $5. I took a paint pen to the chair to get my message across.

What goes around, comes around.

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