Making Headboard and Cornice Box

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

I have been thinking about doing this for years, and i feel i just may get to this project this winter.

I found a DIY link to making padded cornices out of Foam Insulation Board... looks simple enough. And would do the headboard in the same manner. [and have to figure out how to attach it to the wall.]

The main question I have is... where my bed sits, between two windows... the width of the bed is exactly the width of the space between said windows. So the headboard will come to the edges of the windows on each side.... I just dont know if that would look stupid or not.

I plan to leave the walls the same color. I'm going to use the curtain panels to make the headboard and cornice boxes, and go with new Cream colored panels [looking at the black out / insulated ones, probably pocket rod type] I also plan to pull back the curtains in the same manner, to the sides, away from the bed.

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Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

My other option is to move the bed here.... where the dresser is....

if i did that, then I could make the head board a few inches wider than the bed.

unless that would look silly too?

I've been contemplating getting a metal head board [all my furniture is Oak and i have not been able to find an oak headboard] Or i was thinking of a platform bed... both of which are more money then a foam headboard

any input??

Thanks

Terese

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Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

OH... and i plan to "declutter"

need to get rid of the sewing cabinet and the smattering of tables i have around the room.

Blytheville, AR(Zone 7a)

My 2 cents---put some color on those white walls first. Laverne

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

they are a lavender-gray... i can't stand white walls. [the color is Fresh Lavender]

Blytheville, AR(Zone 7a)

Oh, they looked white in the pictures. I'm glad you are not color shy. When I looked at it better, I can see the lavendar. Is pretty.

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

thanks Vernes.... I'm thinking about adding a bold border 'stripe' about chair rail height... but still undecided... and then adding another darker color under that... i was thinking in the blue 'family' as the cornices will be denim. Maybe a blue-gray, like Colonial Blue
http://www.myperfectcolor.com/PhotoDetails.asp?ShowDESC=N&ProductCode=MPC0006094

and the bold would be like a navy.

just a thought... but -- nope not afraid of color. i dont like white... that's for ceilings. ;-)

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

I forgot to update....

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Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

another...

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Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

Here is the Chair that everyone seems to like.

**I changed the settings on the camera, and got better images.

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Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

SE corner... I still need to swap the plants into "terra cotta" pots. [they are just sitting on the DR table]

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Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

moved the bed back to the big wall... still need to do something to it... maybe as an accent wall, but not sure.
and still need a head boards.

some of the folks in the Cottage Garden forum were saying to do a tiered padded headboard.

I may just wimp out and buy one. If i could find a nice honey oak one, that would match my furniture... i'd go for that.

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Baytown, TX(Zone 9a)

It looks good with the furniture rearranged! I like your cornices also. Great job!

My daughter made my Grandson a headboard. She took a large piece of plywood, covered it in heavy batting and then covered all of that with a striped sheet that matched his bedding and the back of his comforter. It is the width of the bed, maybe a little wider, but it looks good. It stands quite a few feet above his mattress.

I do not have a picture....sorry. He also has pillow cases and toss pillows to match. He has the curtains that match also, with dark blue tie backs. His comforter is dark blue. It looks really good!!!!

If you look at the HGTV site you might get some ideas or google "make a headboard" you might get some ideas. They have really done some different ones over the years. You might try used furniture shops as well.

Jeanne

Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

Thanks Jeanne,.... I have a lot of ideas... it's just getting around to doing them.

Shawnee Mission, KS(Zone 6a)

tcs1366 - Look on HGTV. They have a lot of ideas for headboards. One of the ones I liked was made with a tin ceiling tile. They also use paintings, shelves, etc as a headboard that is attached to the wall. I believe that they also had instructions on how to make a padded headed board. I can't use anything like that in my bedroom because of the dust it would collect. The last oak furniture I got was a dinning room table that was made by the amish. I don't know if you could find a store or web page carrying something similar or not.



Leesburg, FL(Zone 9b)

thanks Susan.

I have thought about using a shelf on top, and border pieces going down the sides then a high gloss paint

I also saw a consignment shop that looked more 'up scale' to where i could look for a head board.

I've got a lot of great ideas... it's just 'getting to do them'.

Shawnee Mission, KS(Zone 6a)

Yes. Same here. We need a headboard for the spare bedroom. It seems to be a lot of choices of things to do and not much organized get up and go right now.

SusanKC

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