most of my diys consist of spray painting something. and that really isn't a diy at all. well, it is to me, but certainly not blog-worthy. and now that i've said that, maybe i will do a post of all the things i have spray painted. (it would be a very long post!) i could do a diy post on the pair of shorts i made once, but that would just be a picture of me cutting the legs off a pair of old jeans. and i doubt any of you would really learn anything new from that post. so, when i actually really honestly made something, i was so proud of myself. even chris was proud. and in a very unlike chris moment, he actually said to me, "stay still while you're drilling that so i can get a picture of you. you need to blog about this." and trust me, it's a point of contention when it comes to chris taking pictures of me for the blog! so this was kind of a big deal.
i love decorating and redecorating my house. i thrift so often that i am constantly finding cute little knick knacks (i.e., globes), art, and even furniture for our house. i have a basement full of side tables that i no longer use, and i have so much stuff that i can usually just dig in our storage room any time i feel like decorating. it's a little sad, but also really nice when you need something in a pinch, and pretty much know you will find it in your basement. our basement is a regular five and dime.
anyhow, i am telling you this for a reason. when i decorate, it's usually rooms that are visible to guests – the living room, dining room, etc. our bedroom has been in a pretty stagnant state of decor for a while now (here is a very old picture of our bed, and here is a more recent picture). partly because we have two huge dressers that i really don't like, but chris loves, and partly because i just haven't found anything at a thrift store that screams bedroom to me. i have wanted an old antique iron headboard for a while now, but couldn't find one that i loved that was in our price range. so, i gave up on that idea and decided that i would make our very own headboard.
i searched craigslist until i found an antique door that i loved, and that was the hardest part. luckily, i found the perfect one for $20 and snatched it up quickly. i then formulated a quick and easy way to make a headboard. i went to home depot, and after telling a very helpful employee what i had in mind (he actually told me my thoughts were a smart and safe way to build the headboard), he cut my 2X6 pieces of wood to length. i bought some stain, and headed home with my project in hand.
|i felt like a regular tim the tool guy at home depot|
i then simply stained the wood (this probably wasn't even necessary as our bed butts up to a wall), and then let it sit for a week – not because it needed to dry or anything like that...but because i got lazy.
after a week, i got sick of looking at the wood and door just leaning against the wall, so i got down to business.
i wasn't sure which end i wanted on top...hinges or handle. i went with handle.
five times twice and drilled once. i can't believe i got it right...normally i am the person who hammers five nails into a wall to get the picture just where i want it.
i screwed the 2X6s into the door, drilled some holes in the legs and bolted the whole thing to the bed. sure, it was very easy...but i am proud of myself nonetheless. i made a piece of furniture, and no one can say i didn't!!