Earth Day Thursday- Old Fence or Amazing Headboard?

"That wood? Right there? With all the splinters and rusty broken nails sticking out of it? You are going to use that for a headboard?"
Um, yeah...
"I don't think that's what you want to use for a headboard."
Tell me I can't do something and look at what happens!
I even mounted our bedside wall lights onto that no good old wood that some crazy person gave me for free.
I had this to start off.
Then I saw this photo on Pinterest and it became my mission and all I thought about until I finished the project.
I love everything about this bed, the colors, the materials, the rustic vibe. I also like how grand it is, but I was just going to stick with my basic upholstered piece, because I honestly didn't want to spend any money and this was a total whim. Check out all of my inspiration photos here.
I ripped that shelf off of the wall and had my blank canvas.
I gloved up and pulled all of those rusty, bent, and broken nails out of a bunch of boards.

and started measuring and cutting.

Meet Mr. new miter saw.
I am not the measuring or planning ahead sort so I was nervous it was going to be a bear to get everything lined up and even and all that. But really it worked out pretty well and theENTIRE PROJECT TOOK 2 HOURS
I swear-start to finish it was fabulous and easy.I cut the boards in the garage and hauled them up to my bedroom. I just drilled 'em in and since the boards were so old and worn out the screws went in super easy. I was careful to be sure that the edges were all varied so it looked haphazard and not all lined up.

I even threw a little ledge up there because it all went up so quickly and I had energy and boards left over.

And I love it!

I keep looking for reasons to go upstairs and walk by my room!

Those lamps are from Home Depot about 2 years ago and they used to be silver.

The moral of the story is, when someone tells you something is probably not a good idea it becomes your job to prove him wrong:)

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  1. Wow…what a great transformation!! 😀

  2. Love it! I like your spontaneity, and well done proving that naysayer wrong. Gorgeous job…I really like how you hung the lamps too, it all just looks really well done.

  3. Gorgeous! I can't believe you did it so quickly! Amazing!

  4. Love, love, love it! It looks fabulous! I'm so glad that you proved him wrong. And how does he like it???


  5. My vote? Amazing Headboard!!! 🙂 Post this everywhere! You are about to get a TON of features for this one! Super Super Awesome! I think I will Pin it too!

  6. This is just amazing!

  7. WOW!! That is an amazing transformation!! I LOVE it!! Would love to know what that "someone" said after you were all done:P Hehe

  8. That is AmAzInG!!!! Good job, Girl. Virtual pat-on-the-back-high-five-hug!

  9. LOVE it! It's just fabulous, like in a "I can't believe how creative, imaginative, and brave some people are" kind of way! Great job!

  10. I like it even more than ANY of your inspirations! It's really great!

  11. great job!! It looks awesome. I like Mr. Handsome 😉

  12. Bravo! We are getting a new king size delivered on Monday.. I opted to make my headboard instead of buying one.. great inspiration!

  13. Kim! That makes such a difference! I love it!! It definitley makes the bed a centerpiece and adds to the feel of the whole room. I am telling you I am going to hire you to give me ideas for my rooms! =)

  14. Seriously Incredible!!! I would have never thought about putting wood around it, but it looks awesome! Way to pull off the rustic glam look!

    @ Creatively Living

  15. It looks amazing! I need to muster the courage to tackle bigger things like this. It looks gorgeous!

  16. That looks fabulous!

  17. Hey Kim…It's official, we opened today!!!

    Love that headboard!! 🙂


  19. You go girl! I feel the same way when someone tells me I can't. Motivated me to do it! Looks great!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

  20. That looks awesome!! I wish I didn't have a window directly above my bed so I could daydream about making something like that…. 🙂

  21. This is an awesome transformation!!! Wow! I love it!

  22. Oh my goodness, I love this! I have so many headboard ideas, I need a couple of bedrooms…. For myself. 🙂 Awesome job!

  23. I'm dying over this. SO AWESOME! I need to figure out where I can put one in my house.

  24. I can understand why you keep finding reasons to go past your room – it looks beautiful! I love it!

  25. You go girl I LOVE it!

  26. You go with that power saw! It looks fabulous!!

  27. Wow! I LOVE this! It looks fabulous!!
    Thanks for linking up to this week's Catch a Glimpse party. I'll be featuring this tomorrow. 🙂

  28. I like your headboard much better now! GREAT job!!

  29. That's gorgeous! Way to go!

  30. So I saw the picture of your saw and thought – "this is a fake picture, I've never seen a saw that clean!" Then I read the caption. Good job! Enjoy your saw – mine is one of my prized possessions!

  31. WOW, this is amazing!!!


  32. Love it! Great job!

  33. It looks fantastic! The sconces are the right touch! Would you be able to link up to my Friday party? I would love if you would! It's so well done!

  34. Kim, your headboard turned out totally awesome!! Way to knock it out of the park again:) Shelly

  35. What an amazing job you did. Love the rustic warmth of this bed!

  36. OH MY GOSH!!! I LOVE YOUR HEADBOARD. It's gorgeous!!!! You've got yourself a new follower 🙂

  37. HAHAHA! I prove mine wrong too! I love it, and YOU did such a great job on your own! I'm fascinated with headboards at the moment, totally need my own! I would love for you to link up at Handmade 52!

  38. I am kind of in love with what you did. It looks amazing – picture perfect!

  39. I am in LOOOOVE with this!! Seriously – I so wish I had your tufted headboard instead of my wooden one…because I WANT that wood around it!! 🙂

    I featured this on my blog today:

    And I pinned it too:

  40. It looks fantastic and perfectly rustic! I love the mix with the refined white headboard. We are in the process of making a headboard for our basement guest room makeover, using planks that were laying in a pile leftover from my fil's old sawmill.

  41. Kim,

    You are so smart! I love it when you see something that you know will look great and then are able to do it. The icing on the cake was being told that it won't work and you shouldn't do it. Did you take a picture, show this person and say "NA, NA, NA, NA, NA"?


  42. I am going to be featuring this tonight on Blissful and Domestic. Stop by and grab a button:>

  43. I love your version MUCH better than the inspiration piece! Good for you for proving that you can do it and do it better!!

  44. Very nice!!! Makes me want to run home, tear down the fence, and get to building! (wink)

  45. I love this Kim! Thank you for linking it up last week! I wanted to let you know I featured you this week! Stop by and grab a button!

    • Thanks, KIM! When I could figure out how to add your button to my feature section with this new fangled blog I will do it:)

      • Hey Kim, I think this looks so amazing and am am trying to build a similar type head board. I am wondering if for the top part of the frame you just used the 2×4’s straight from the fence, or if you cut it to smaller pieces width wise? Thank you so much for your help, I look forward to hearing your response!

  46. I absolutely love, love, love this!!!! You did a beautiful job. I’m actually pretty jealous right now lol.

  47. This looks so wonderful. The contrast of the soft fabric against the rough wood! I love it. I saw you featured on 504 main. Congrats. I am your newest follower!

  48. No way!! I pinned the same headboard (after looking at a million, I swear) and we are in the process of building it!! Hope mine turns out as lovely as yours!!!

  49. Your headboard is gorgeous! I found you through 504 Main. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  50. Hi!
    Just found your blog and absolutely love it!! just my style. I’m a new follower!

  51. Oh my goodness, I found you somehow because your inspiration photo is currently MY inspiration too!!! What you did turned out SO great!!!

  52. Katherine Landreneau says:

    Awwww Sommmme!!!
    Know what you mean-don’t tell me it can’t be done! It’s the “spark that starts the fire!” lol
    Wonder what a little wood frame would look like around your small window!

  53. This is stunning! Great job!

  54. i was wondering how you attached everything together? And what you attached to?


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