I finished this herringbone headboard in the summer of 2016, but I never got around to showing it to you.In the course of the summer of last year, we renovated our 14-year-bedroom. old’s To be fair, he was only 13 at the time. The remodelling is not yet complete. We really gave up in the midst of it. Just like that, life occurred and we went on. We haven’t finished all of the improvements we had planned, but his room isn’t a mess or uninhabitable. Nonetheless, we finished his impressive herringbone headboard. It took a long time, but the task itself wasn’t too challenging. It’s been a little over a year since I completed my herringbone headboard and I’m still really happy with it!
It was a summer project that I shared on the blog last summer and I’m excited to finally be sharing the how-to.
I was inspired by a headboard that I saw on Pinterest.
I loved the herringbone pattern and knew that I could replicate it.
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In the first step, we gathered two 6-foot planks that measured 1 by 6.We used a mitre saw to cut both boards into quarter-, half-, and three-quarter-inch sections.To achieve the desired herringbone texture, we realised that bricks of varying heights were required.After chopping the two boards into cubes, we stained them with four distinct hues.We made use of walnut, grey, red, and blue stains.Our original concept for the redesign of the area was best realised with these hues.We stained the blocks using some dollar store metal tins that I happened to have lying around.Roughly halfway full, we sorted the blocks into one of the four containers by colour.We cleaned the stained blocks with a clean(ish) white t-shirt when they were all coated.This was a nasty procedure, so the cloths became filthy quickly.A package of disposable gloves is always on hand in the garage for such such occasions.Finally, we sorted each hue of bricks into its own stack.Like with our do-it-yourself floating shelves, we backed our work with underlayment board.
After we finished staining it with walnut, we spread it out on the coffee table and began assembling the herringbone pattern.
It was a group effort, since all three of us contributed to this.
For two reasons, we fastened some leftover planks to the backer board.
First, we needed a compass on both sides to make sure the herringbone pattern was followed precisely and not skewed.
2) The headboard couldn’t be attached to the frame without exposing the backer board.
We did our best to make the herringbone pattern’s size and colouring completely at random.
After arranging the puzzle pieces to our satisfaction, we lifted each row individually and glued them to the backing board, one by one.
To ensure their stability as we re-nailed the whole headboard with a pneumatic nailer, we did this.
We drove at least two nails into each block.
The whole headboard was encased in a frame made from 13 planks.
To fasten the mitered corners, we utilised a Kreg Jig.
Finally, we used screws to secure the frame to the backing board.
My husband built a special french cleat to attach to the wall and hang the headboard.
If this were to fall from the wall and onto our sleeping kid, I would be quite concerned.
French cleats are described in this brief video I discovered on YouTube.
The right-hand chair was the starting point for this redesign.
I redid the chair I got for a buck from a resale shop.
The cushion in the form of a varsity letter was the second room decoration I made.
Hopefully, we’ll be able to complete (or at least start) all of the initiatives we’ve planned for this space someday.
I was wondering if you had any thoughts on our herringbone headboard.
We worked on it for maybe a week to get it finished and put up.
While time-consuming, the results were well-worth the effort.
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