Hex-Headboard Happiness, Part 2

April 18, 2012   //  Posted in: Bedrooms, Decor, DIY   //  By: Emily   //  8 responses
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The hexagonal/geometric/honeycomb headboard showed earlier this week came together really nicely. It’s still surprising to me that it’s just wood glue holding these geometric shapes together, but in person, it feels very secure and doesn’t want to warp around at all. Best yet, the size and assembly of the piece would be of perfect proportion to other features in my bedroom with only a $25 investment in 1×2 boards.

Honeycomb panels pre-stain and installation. Might be suitable wall decor if this headboard thing doesn't work out.

The panels themselves will be able to serve multiple purposes over time; they won’t have to stay headboards specifically if it doesn’t work out, they’d both serve nicely as wall decor in any area of the house if I ever wanted to shift my large scale art around.

I polished up the final pieces by letting them soak up some dark Kona brown from my favorite Rust-Oleum Ultimate stain because 1) it’s a rich brown that I’ve really grown to love, even though it wasn’t exactly the same custom mixture as the Walnut and Jacobean that I used on the shiplap in the bedroom and 2) it’s known as a fast-drying formula, and consequently I’ve grown used to being able to man-handle my stained pieces after a generous 1-day dry time.

Staining the headboard. Cody's sort of helping.

I wavered around with the idea of hooking these pieces to the wall like a picture frame, but found that the panel wouldn’t rest as flush as I wanted in that method. In the end, I pinned both pieces lightly in place with simple 1-5/8″ brad nails with help from the nail gun, two simple pops on each panel seemed to do the trick to keep them secure and completely even with the wall. Bonus, if we ever want to move them, they’re definitely not permanently installed; we’ll be able to pretty much just pull them straight off the wall without leaving any visible damage to the shiplap. Also, sometimes my natural hair surprises me in certain light.

Hex headboard installation. My, that hair looks so light?

Of course, what I’m sure you’re waiting for, is how those finished pieces look in the bedroom. Do they help to anchor the bed along the wall beneath the window? Do they add some additional visual depth and interest in the room? Yes, yes.

Geometric headboard wall art installed.

Geometric headboard wall art installed.

Perhaps they’re a little darker than the already-installed shiplap, but then again, the shiplap was stained numerous times with dark walnut and jacobean shades before it was perfect to me (it was before I discovered Kona). I think they pop off it perfectly and add a great finishing touch to the bed as it sits beneath the window.

Geometric headboard wall art installed.

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  • luisa
    3 years ago - Reply

    i haven’t had headboard in years. for some reason, choosing one is too much of a commitment. :) and ok, the vinatge iron beds that i truly love are beyond my ability to justify financially! but this is an excellant alternative. and for me the natural wood color would match perfectly with my other pieces, so no need to stain…

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      A commitment, and an expensive one at that! I still haven’t had a “real bed” since I’ve “grown up”, even the old iron headboard was just a $50 salvaged find. This was easier a decision, less permanent, and less expensive. Leaving the wood natural would have been awesome if the rest of my decor allowed for it. Glad you like!

  • Barb
    3 years ago - Reply

    I like how you don’t necessarily notice it at first, but when you do, it really adds dimension to the wall. Great idea!

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      It’s subtle! I tried to take a picture of the whole room, but you do have to look up close to get the real impact, like when you’re laying on your pillow :). I love that it doesn’t overpower the wall.

  • Anne
    3 years ago - Reply

    What a fun idea! I love what you did with the headboard :)

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Thanks Anne!

  • Elisa
    3 years ago - Reply

    So subtle, I love it!

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Thanks Elisa :)

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