How To Design and Make a Custom Headboard Featuring Your Favorite Photography – Part 3

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Part 3:  Paint and Attach, Picture Frame Layout


Paint two coats minimum inside the frame you drew on the wall with the pencil. It’s important to use a color different from the rest of the wall so that the headboard looks like a feature separate from the wall. If desired, paint the molding. No need to paint the back, just the parts that will be visible.

After all the paint is dry, attach the molding to the wall. Ask someone to help you hold all three pieces in place first. Stand back and make sure all the lines are straight and even. One piece at a time, run a line of wood glue down the center of the molding, place it against the wall, and ask someone to hold it while you use small nails to secure it in place. You now have the frame of your headboard. Put your bed back in place with just a sheet on it so you can proceed with the project. 

Gather various picture frames. Standing at the foot of the bed, lay them on the bed and use it as the template for the headboard. Arrange and rearrange the frames as many times as necessary until you have a configuration that pleases you. We encourage you to situate them as if they were a collage, but if you’re a fan of modern décor you can try rows or columns. Once you love it, sketch the layout you’ve created on a piece of paper so you can refer to it when it’s time to hang the pictures.

NEXT READ PART 4: Photo Selection and Hanging the Photos


PART 1: The concept and supply list

PART 2: Preparation and Framing the Headboard 

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