DYI Transform a screen into a custom headboard

If you have one of these cheap folding screens and want to upcycle it, why not make it into a custom headboard!  It’s easy and you can do just about anything your heart desires.

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Step 1:  Spray Paint~ I used a more expensive paint to avoid having to spay so many times.

Tip: Take your time when you spray paint, it’s best to do in light layers.

Step 2: Add metal hardware on back of screen to avoid the screen to fold.  Then Hang on the wall behind your bed.  Either drill a hole through the wood or add hardware on the back.

                Tip:  Resist adding your decor to the screen, as this is large and awkward to hang and you don’t want your hard work to get ruined.

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Step 3:  Collect and create the decor you want to add to your screen.  Use Velcro to affix items to your board.

Tip:  Don’t be afraid to add a few things to start then add over time, as this is a large space!

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I made my own Fishing sign by hot gluing store bought pebbles onto letters!  Use shells or seaglass as well!  The Bait bag is actually an old clothes hanging pin bag!  I hand painted the words and picked up vintage wooden fishing hooks to add to the bag.

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My son collected stickers, shells, and driftwood and I picked up the signs, handmade fishing pole and the clothes pin bag from a yard sale, and the Pottery Barn pin board shark

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My Mantel-DYI

I picked up this wood mantel down the road at a yard sale a good six years ago for $45.00.  I adore the elderly couple who I bought it from and enjoy knowing that this was in their home as well.

We took out our cast iron wood burning stove, since I have allergies and found the wood to be messy and hard to restock and replaced it with a gas burning remote fireplace- now were talking!

Once the fireplace was installed, we started to add the buy-on’s like a stone background, fake logs, etc.  It took us a while to figure out how to incorporate the wood mantel since we had a larger opening…with some additional building, painting and molding we were able to ‘fake’ our professional looking fireplace.

I wanted a light colored mantel but didn’t want it to be flat, so found this texture paint by Valspar, called Tuscan Accents.

As you can see we had a lot going on here.  To unify everything I went with neutral color paints.

First coat came out smooth and creamy in color.

I also brought the brush they suggested to use, which was basically a long bristle brush.

The second coat is where the texture gets added.  You must make sure to get this into all your nooks so that you will have an even looking project.  As you can the paint has these bits that you have to flatten out with a plastic or metal tool.  I used the same tool that I use to remove the excess putty from a hole that I’m filling in.  I did this step in stages as you want to flatten bits before they dry, so take your time.  Once you get the texture that you desire, then your job is finished.  It is a very simple DYI project.

You can see that the Tuscan texture is very light, but gives good depth to the appearance of my mantel.

We painted our other accessories a similar color, but there isn’t any texture to the finish.

We have a light marble tile that completed our entire look.

The tile on top gives our mantel a lot of natural color and texture.  I have some panels high above that have a similar texture and coloring of our mantel.