Sunday, March 3, 2013

Lighted Headboard


Lighted headboard made for Vivian's room in another
 Designing 4 Hope room makeover.



Source: Shelterness

This is the original photo we were given to make a headboard for Vivian's room for a room makeover for Designing 4 Hope.

Nick got right on it!  I am going to show you how Nick built this but I won't be including the dimensions.
That will all depend on your final size of the panel.


Using 2 x 4's, He created a box that was the finished size.  In this case it was 40" x 40" to fit a twin bed.

 
2 Boards were spaced equally to make 3 rows.


Shorted pieces were cout and spaced equally to create 3 rows.  This frame had the boxes 3 across x 3 down.  On a Queen you may need to do 4 across by 3 down.

This is a closeup of how the screws were toenailed in to connect the short boards.


Frame when all constructed

At this point you want to paint the frame the final color.  We were doing white so we primed it first and then gave it a final coat of semi gloss white.

 
We were using white Christmas lights and we didn't want them all dropping to the bottom so Nick made an X with thin wire and stpled it inside the frame.  When we ran the lights through, we wrapped them around the wires and when needed, we used twist ties to keep some in place.

2 sheets of the plastic sheets that are used for drop ceiling lighting were cut (carefully) into squares to to cover the openings of each section.  There was about 3/8" allowance on each side to glue them to the frame.  We chose a frosted sheet with texture so the lights would be muted.  You could also use plexiglass but it is a bit pricier.

A thin bead of E-6000 glue is applied to the edge and then the plastic is set on top.  Be patient since it will take time to  dry.  We didn't think it was holding but the next morning when it was completely dry, it didn't budge.






When the headboard was attached to the wall,
Lori (Designing 4 Hope) decided to move it up a bit so it was more visible and the pillows would not hide it.  Also if you sit up in the bed, your head will not be leaning on the frame.


It looked beautiful in the room and it looked like you were looking through a frosted window in wintertime with white Christmas lights outside...




Vivian LOVED her new room!

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~ Darlene


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32 comments:

  1. This is gorgeous - just like you described! :)

    Shannon

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    1. Thanks! I'm happy you like it!! :)

      ~ Darlene

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  2. What a gorgeous idea! I especially love that you used the wire to disperse the lights evenly. Very nice project!

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    1. Thanks! The wire did help keep the lights spaced nicely.

      ~ Darlene

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  3. What a fabulous headboard. I makes the room so bright and cheerful. I can visualize this going really well in a basement: to give the idea of having a window! Great job....

    hugs x
    Crystelle

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    1. Thanks for the idea about the basement window...got me thinking now!!

      ~ Darlene

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  4. stopping by from the blog hop at:
    http://www.sumossweetstuff.com

    that is VERY cute and VERY creative!
    I actually may do this for a photoshoot!!


    http://mscomposure.blogspot.com
    http://www.infinitelifefitness.com

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  5. What a great idea.........Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  6. What a great idea! Please share it on a terrific linky – Design Décor Tuesday. www.designdecortuesday.blogspot.com. See you there! ☺

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  7. Hi! Followed you over from Made in a Day link up. This is an awesome idea. Looks so neat! Following via GFC and FB.

    Jackie
    www.thenonmarthamomma.com

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  8. This is absolutely fantastic!
    I love this idea and it looks like a window - that's what makes it so very cool.
    As an interior designer, I would go ahead and place drapes over it to look like a real window.

    Stopping by from the Blog Hop.

    xoxo,
    Khloe
    www.kgstyleblogs.com

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  9. My favorite part is the windows with the lights..That is an awesome idea!

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  10. That is just awesome. I love it!

    http://viewfromrivermountain.blogspot.com

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  11. love her new room! haha, I found your blog via the blog hop. that headboard is awesome! I thought about doing a little something like that to my head board but i've already got one & it's huge. The possibilities are endless. I'm now following you through Twitter. I hope you and the family are having a great night.

    Nikki
    www.TheCraftySideOfSarcasm.com

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  12. Its lovely I am sure se is thrilled. Hopping over to follow your lovely blog. Hugs

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  13. That is amazing!!! I love it. I'd love to have you link this to What to do Weekends also. Following on several platforms. Linda

    http://www.craftsalamode.com/2013/02/what-to-do-weekends-8.html

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  14. Oh my goodness! AMAZING! Thank you so much for linking up :)

    Jessica
    myworldmadebyhand.blogspot.com

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  15. Thanks for linking in to Design Decor Tuesday. Looking forward to seeing what you post next week!

    Jennifer
    www.thejennyevolution.com

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  16. That looks beautiful! I'm curious about where you plugged it in. Behind the frame?
    Thank you for sharing at Funday Monday!
    Sylvia

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  17. That looks beautiful! I'm curious about where you plugged it in. Behind the frame?
    Thank you for sharing at Funday Monday!
    Sylvia

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    1. Sylvia,

      Thanks! You really can't see it in the pictures, but the cord comes out the back of the frame and plugs into a wall outlet. The only thing I would do different if I were to make another one is I would use a cord that has a switch on it to turn it on and off.

      ~ Darlene

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  18. What a GREAT project!! I love it! You also did a wonderful job of explaining each step making it simple for others to understand the building process. Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  19. How neat! I'm sure she must love it ~ it's just like having another window, only better!
    I found you today thru the Linky Party at Made In A Day, where I'm #26. I hope you get a chance to stop by my blog and leave a comment, too!
    ~ Megin of VMG206
    www.vmg206.blogspot.com

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  20. Oh wow, I love this!! So creative and it looks fabulous!! You did an amazing job. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent. Just pinned! I am also featuring this tonight at Pick of the Bunch!! Have a wonderful weekend. :)
    HUGS
    Kathy

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  21. That is just gorgeous! You also gave a wonderful tutorial. I know she loves her new headboard and room. It is so pretty. Thanks for sharing at Transformed Tuesday. This is a wonderful thing to do for these children.
    Hugs,
    Peggy

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  22. Wonderful project and great tutorial. It turned out beautiful and looks great in the room. Seen you featured over at Bouquet of Talent, congrats!

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  23. Cool idea! Thanks for sharing your talent on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!
    Our next party goes live Sunday morning at:
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/03/the-creative-homeacre-hop-6.html

    If you have a blog hop, please check out The Linky Love Party...a place to share your parties with other bloggers! Grab the button for an easy way to search for parties every week!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/03/lets-party.html

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  24. I featured your post today on The Creative HomeAcre Hop! Hope you'll stop by with your new posts today!

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  25. What an awesome idea! I love the 'frosted window's look!
    Thanks for linking up to our Crafty Thursday Obsessions linky party, hope to see you back this week :)

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  26. I love this, great idea!Thank you for linking up at Fluster's Creative Muster.

    Robin @ Fluster Buster

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  27. Hey... Just popping over and following on GFC from last week's Aloha Friday Hop. I would love for you to stop by my blog if you have time and if you like follow too. :) Hope you're having a great week. :)

    What a fun headboard.

    xoxo,
    Melissa
    thisgirlslifeblog.com

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  28. Hello from the BlogLovin Hop! This looks so awesome! I love when internet DIYs turn out just as beautiful as the original! The room was cute before, but this added such elegance!

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