So I was kinda under the gun this week, & I've been super busy. I styled the guest room of one of my clients a few days ago (so super excited about how it turned out, but I'll post pics of that at a later date!), and we were in need of a queen-size headboard. Now, I've been traipsing through countless thrift stores throughout the last six months and have seen dozens of adorable headboards. Do I find a headboard when I actually need one, though? No, sadly, I do not..... I think its the Murphy's Law of shopping that you can't find what you're looking for when you actually need it. My client had some friends coming into town soon and really wanted to get her guest room finished before then, so I rolled up my sleeves and decided to just build her headboard myself. For projects such as this one, my go-to spot for easy-to-accomplish furniture plans is Ana White's website - love her! You can find the plans for the headboard I made here: http://www.ana-white.com/2010/03/plans-mason-headboard-its-all-in-finish.html
It took me an afternoon to build and then another day to paint & seal (accounting for drying times). I felt the project was pretty easy for the most part and pretty straight forward. The best part was that my client LOVED it, which always makes this designer super happy and fulfilled! I like the satisfaction of building things from scratch, so when I look at the before picture of a pile of mismatched lumber and then see the final project - I get downright giddy! Sometimes making your own furniture can be a better option for some people's budgets & time constraints. I like how the piece is made of solid wood, constructed well and has the farmhouse styling that is so popular right now (but classic enough to withstand changing styles). What could you build with just a little help planning? Good luck & as always - happy designing!