Sunday, March 20, 2011

Personalized Makeshift Headboard Design

Hey everyone! I have been working on this project for a while now, and I really liked how it turned out. It came with a lot of time, patience, and work though. I had to start, restart, paint over, and paint over so many times I lost count. But, in the end it was worth it and I really like it! So if you are a poor 'ol college student like me and can't afford any headboards you even like then here is a cute idea you could use. :)

First a painted a canvas with acrylic paint in Pewter Grey

I used a pencil to trace on the words I wanted

Then I painted over the pencil with Antique White paint. (this is actually my husbands finger... hehe:) )
And as you can see, there were a lot of things I needed to go back over, and fix. Many, many times!

Eventually it will look like this

and cut off the corners 
Then I took a doily with a square design in the middle (instead of round) 
then I painted the doily Ballet Pink and glued it on the corner with Matte Mod Podge

I did that to ever canvas. Here they are before the letters. I was going for a handwritten look so I free handed it (plus I don't have a vinyl machine) but I'm sure you could do the same thing with vinyl

Since I live in an apartment and get charged for each hole I leave... Command strips are my best friends!
I took the letter "K" for my name and painted it Ballet Pink to match the painted doilies
hello there best iPhone 4 ever !! :)
and put a layer of distress ink in Antique Linen all the way around it
Then I painted an A for my husband. He of course insisted on painting it Carolina Blue, because he is a die hard North Carolina TarHeels fan. It totally clashes, but whatever makes him happy right?? haha To make a border he just put painting tape all around and I painted it.

The end result! 

I decided to put love you forever because it is a personal belief of mine that after we die, we can still see and be with our family and loved ones. There are so many things you could put here, but that is just what I chose. 


Vivienne @ the V Spot said...

That is super cute! I think it's very sweet to let him have his blue letter. My husband would never agree to pink! :)

Jana said...

Too cute!

La-Dee-da crafter said...

I like this as a headboard. I am looking for ideas for my girls beds without spending tons of money. This would be fun for them and cute!!
Thanks for sharing.

La-Dee-da crafter said...

Oh and forever is so right! Families are forever.
wink! wink!

Julie said...

I'd love for you to link up at Inspire Me Mondays!

Natalia Lynn said...

This is really cute, nice work!

shopannies said...

love it perfect for any girl or mom like me in fact I like it so much I may try to adapt it for my room

Heather@The Black's Best said...

Very cute! I love how everything turned out...good to know you can make something so cute on a budget.

Brandy J. said...

I just found your blog and am your newest follower. This project is so personalized and lovely -- I love it! Thanks for the great blog and inspiration.

NANCY said...

Following you thru the blog hop! Hope that you'll take some time to check out my blog as well. Have a great day!!


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