Remodelaholic http://www.remodelaholic.com Let us help you remodel your house from builder grade to BEAUTIFUL! DIY projects that reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose, and remodel on a budget! Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 DIY Lace Privacy Window Covering http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/09/diy-lace-privacy-window-covering/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/09/diy-lace-privacy-window-covering/#respond Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=61247 Our feature this morning is one of those amazing projects that has been all over the internet, because it is brilliant! Many of the links we found were dead ends, but we persevered (and Google image searched our hearts out!) and were able to find the brilliant brain behind this awesome lace privacy window covering: Annabel […]

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Our feature this morning is one of those amazing projects that has been all over the internet, because it is brilliant! Many of the links we found were dead ends, but we persevered (and Google image searched our hearts out!) and were able to find the brilliant brain behind this awesome lace privacy window covering: Annabel Vita. She’s a doll (and her new baby is so squishy adorable, too!) and we are so thrilled to have her here to join us today with all the details and answers about her lace windows. Give her a warm Remodelaholic welcome!

(And don’t forget to check out all of the All Things Window goodness here, and share and browse using #AllThingsWindows on social media. Come link up your window-related blog posts or Instagram photos at the party, too!)

How to DIY a Lace Privacy Window Covering
by Annabel VitaDIY lace privacy window covering, Annabel Vita on Remodelaholic

Hello! I’m Annabel and I blog somewhat intermittently over at AnnabelVita.com, a blog about my adventures in sewing and other crafty pursuits, with a few recipes and posts about travel and life thrown in the mix. Unfortunately I broke my blog when I was a million months pregnant (don’t mess with your server when you’re two weeks overdue!) and my shmooshy newborn hasn’t given me a chance to fix all the pictures yet, but I’m so pleased to be here on Remodelaholic with a fun project I did in the windows of our old flat.

This was the quickest, easiest, cheapest project ever but it turned out better than I ever imagined. Not only was it super pretty, but it added some much need privacy to a very overlooked bedroom window.

Our old flat in a stately 1745 townhouse was packed with period features. The bedroom had delectable shutters, which I adored, but they made window treatments kind of hard. You either had to hang curtains in front of the whole alcove (we can tell by the holes in the trim that this is what our predecessors did) or not at all. For the last year and a bit, we’ve opted for the latter option, except for the tension rod light blocking curtain above the shutters. The shutters are great at blocking all natural light, which was great for lie-ins. But, the room got crazy beautiful morning light and it always seemed a shame to be getting dressed in artificial light just for the sake of privacy.

how to use lace to create a privacy window film, Annabel Vita on Remodelaholic

 

One day, with the help of this post from Manhattan Nest, I had a brainwave and added lace frosting to the window with a pantry staple and some £1.50 lace from Ikea. Here’s how you can do the same.

1) Prepare your lace. I made a template of my window panes, but for a larger surface you could just measure it. Iron your lace if you can and trim it to size.

lace window privacy screen DIY, Annabel Vita on Remodelaholic

2) Make up a starch jelly. First mix two tablespoons cornflour (also known as cornstarch) and two tablespoons cold water until it forms a paste, then dissolve this in about a cup and a half boiling water. You should end up with a nice gloopy liquid.

use cornstarch or cornflour paste to glue lace to windows for privacy, Annabel Vita on Remodelaholic3) Apply the cornflour jelly to the window. Use a brush to paint a thick layer of gloop on to the window pane.

glue lace to windows for DIY privacy film

4) Stick lace in the window. Lay your fabric onto the pre-applied gloop and then brush another layer on top. Brush from the centre to the corners but try to make sure your strokes are slightly random so they don’t show too much. It’s easy to reposition at this stage so don’t worry if it goes a little skew-whiff! The best thing about using lace (with holes in) is that there are automatically no air pockets so you don’t have to bother squeegeeing them out.

how to apply lace to windows for privacy, Annabel Vita on Remodelaholic

5) And you’re done! The cornflour mixture will take a while to fully dry out and it won’t be clear until it’s fully dry, so don’t panic if it looks a little white to begin with!

inexpensive DIY privacy window covering with lace, Annabel Vita on Remodelaholic

Q: Just how opaque is it? I am curious how much privacy this actually allows.

A: I’d say it totally depends on your fabric. If you’d be happy with getting changed behind the fabric as curtains then the fabric will be opaque enough for this window treatment too. I actually have lace curtains in this same fabric, and in both instances I feel happy getting changed behind them if it’s light outside, but I wouldn’t hang out without my clothes on with the light on if it was dark outside. So if privacy is really important, just pick a lace that is more opaque than sheer.

It also depends how directly other people can look into your window! Our bedroom window isn’t super overlooked, although there’s lots of windows out the back, most of the angles are indirect and/or the other window is frosted.

Here’s a picture of my hand through the lace…

lace privacy window covering, Annabel Vita on Remodelaholic

…and held out as far away as it could go.

DIY lace privacy window covering tutorial, Annabel Vita on Remodelaholic

Q: What about mod podge? Would that work instead of cornflour?

A: We don’t really have modge podge here so I don’t know! It would be a bit more permanent I imagine. If it’s anything like PVA glue (I think it is) then I wouldn’t want to use it on wooden painted windows like we have, but it could work great on more modern windows. It would also be much more expensive. (The “glue” made out of cornstarch is essentially free!)

Q: If I used colored lace would the cornstarch show?

A: No, it dries totally clear (but goes on gloopy and white-ish, don’t panic!) It will probably go clear overnight.

Q: How do I clean it?

I would say it’s probably not great for a window that would get dirty a lot because you can dust or brush it but can’t wipe it down. I’d probably remove all the sheets of lace and run them through the machine in a lingerie bag every now and again and then put them back up. It’s that easy to apply.

Q: How do I remove the lace?

When it came to be time to move out, I sprayed the lace down with water and just pulled it away. There was a lot of residue on the window, but it soon came off with a scrubby sponge and VERY HOT water.

 

how to clean lace cornstarch privacy film off windows, Annabel Vita on RemodelaholicThanks for reading! If you have any questions I will try and pop in to the comments here to answer them, or you may find the answer in the comments to this post.

DIY Lace Privacy Window | Annabel Vita on Remodelaholic.com #AllThingsWindows #privacy #lace

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We just LOVE this, Annabel! Thanks for being our guest today!

Visit her blog to see more cute and creative projects.

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Upcycled Copper Pipe Curtain Rod http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/09/upcycled-copper-pipe-curtain-rod/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/09/upcycled-copper-pipe-curtain-rod/#respond Tue, 30 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=61243 Continuing our kick-off of All Things Windows, we have Colleen from Lemon Thistle here to share an inexpensive and stylish *upcycled* curtain rod. We’ve shared before how to use conduit to make a curtain rod, but we love this twist (and finials!) on the idea. Check out all of the window goodness here, or share and browse using […]

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Continuing our kick-off of All Things Windows, we have Colleen from Lemon Thistle here to share an inexpensive and stylish *upcycled* curtain rod. We’ve shared before how to use conduit to make a curtain rod, but we love this twist (and finials!) on the idea.

Check out all of the window goodness here, or share and browse using #AllThingsWindows on social media. Don’t forget to come link up your window-related blog posts or Instagram photos at the party, too!

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Copper Pipe Curtain Rod + Finial
by Colleen of Lemon Thistle

Hi Guys! I’m Colleen, the girl behind Lemon Thistle- home to DIY, Parties, and Home Decor (and lot’s of babies). I’m so excited to be sharing my DIY Salvage Copper Curtain Rods with everyone here at Remodelaholic. But first, let’s get to know each other a little bit, shall we? I’m a mama to 1 year old twins, I love a good handmade party, and my awesome hubby and I are working our way through major renovations on our new home. Oh, and we’re operating on a budget too- so rest assured this DIY is an affordable one!

Now on to the curtain rods! These babies were a long time coming, could you believe we lived in our place for four months without hanging curtains? Talk about NO privacy. I needed the Week of Windows back in April y’all. And since I’m a slow mover, I still need to hem the curtains (but our kiddos are having so much fun playing in them, I’ve really been putting it off). But the curtain rods are more than done- and that’s what this post is about, right?

Can we talk about copper for a minute? I love the trend, but it’s all shiny shiny. That’s great if you’re using new copper pipes, but I tried to clean my salvage copper and it did not shine the way new does. And I kind of like it that way! When we bought our place, we had to have some un-fun work done, like an upgraded electrical panel and a new hot water tank. BUT when he was replacing our hot water tank, our plumber took out a bunch of copper piping to fit the larger tank and solve some of the plumbing issues this house had. Looking at the pile of scrap inspired this project.

Salvaged Copper Pipe Curtain Rod, Lemon Thistle on Remodelaholic

I’m sure you’ve seen some copper curtain rods out there, and I loved them but none of them had been quite right for our space. I don’t love how industrial the use of flanges are for our space, and I didn’t like how low profile and slick to the wall these were, but I also didn’t like how bulky the finials were on this version. These are all gorgeous in those spaces… but weren’t quite right for us. So I decided to wing it and create my own. I’m glad I did.

The pipe we had is half inch pipe (that measures the inside of the pipe, keep in mind). So I hit up Home Depot to see what they had. I wanted something simple like these plain end caps but something that would make a bit more of a statement. I ended up picking out a 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch piece and adding on a 3/4 inch cap. It was perfect! Just big enough to look like a proper finial without being so big that takes away from the minimal-ish design choices we have going on.

use pipe caps as finials on inexpensive pipe curtain rod, Lemon Thistle on Remodelaholic

use pipe end caps as finials on inexpensive pipe curtain rod, Lemon Thistle on Remodelaholic

how to oxidize copper pipe to create patina, Lemon Thistle on Remodelaholic

The sort-of patina these guys were treated to was a happy accident. I was trying to clean my salvage pipe and the finial pieces at the same time and one of the methods was with salt and vinegar. I was in the middle of applying the treatment to the finial pieces at which point my babes woke up and the treatment was left on for an hour or so… which turned the shiny copper piping to what you see here. At first I was really bummed and tried to scrub it off, but then realized that it matches our salvage pipe so much better and it’s totally unique. So now you know… leave salt and vinegar on the copper for longer than the recommended time and you’ll oxidize it! Which really, I should have known.

assemble a copper pipe curtain rod and finial, Lemon Thistle on Remodelaholic

So I started by gluing the end cap to the piece that changes sizes. I did this because the caps are made to be really loose. I didn’t want these falling off. Then I attached all that to the pipe. This is a snug fit so I didn’t glue it at all, which works out nicely to take curtains on and off easily.

curtain hanging hardware, Lemon Thistle on Remodelaholic

spray paint curtain hanging hardware, Lemon Thistle on Remodelaholic

 

To mount the curtain rod, I bought standard curtain mount hardware for $3 bucks at a discount store and pulled out my favourite copper spray paint: Krylon Metallic. I sprayed the screws it came with as well to get them to match by standing them up in a container of rice.

use cardboard to create a template for hanging curtains rods, Lemon Thistle on Remodelaholic

cardboard template makes hanging curtain rods easy, Lemon Thistle on Remodelaholic

how to install curtain rods, Lemon Thistle on Remodelaholic

 To hang the curtains evenly, I used a piece of cardboard to mark where the anchor should be- by far the easiest way to do this!

upcycled copper pipe curtain rod and finial, Lemon Thistle on Remodelaholic

salvaged copper pipe curtain rod tutorial, Lemon Thistle on Remodelaholic

So that’s it… A really easy DIY and these curtain rods rang in for only a few bucks (The fittings were under $1 each and I had the spray paint on hand) So each curtain rod cost less than $10! Other than wait time with the spray paint, they only took me about half an hour as well.

Oh and a funny moment happened last week when I realized these were coming off the wall. I was so mad I couldn’t believe how quickly my 80 pound drywall anchors pulled out! Then I went up to fix and realized I’d completely forgotten to use them at all! These guys somehow survived my kids playing hide and seek and climbing them with just a little tiny screw into the drywall. They’re safely affixed to the wall with mega wall anchors now. So please remember to do that the first time around and you won’t have a heart attack when your 11 month old pulls your curtain rods down.

What do you think? Are you on board with the copper trend or do you think it’s better left for plumbing?

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Thanks for sharing, Colleen! So glad we found you and your lovely blog at the link party!

Remodelaholics, go visit Lemon Thistle and check out more great projects like her IKEA-hack open shelving and $10 giant chalkboard

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How to Frame a Window: Tutorials + Tips for DIY Window Casings http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/09/window-casing-frame-tips-tutorials/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/09/window-casing-frame-tips-tutorials/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:05:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=61244 Trimming out your windows is one of the top ways to take a builder-grade home and make each room shine with character. Choose your lumber and mouldings to fit your style, and BAM, you’ve got a custom awesome architectural feature in your home.We’ve collected the best tutorials and tips for installing window casings, even for special […]

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Trimming out your windows is one of the top ways to take a builder-grade home and make each room shine with character. Choose your lumber and mouldings to fit your style, and BAM, you’ve got a custom awesome architectural feature in your home.We’ve collected the best tutorials and tips for installing window casings, even for special window situations like arched windows and double windows.

Read all the window trimming tips from some of our favorite DIYers below and then come back later today for more All Things Windows goodness (see everything so far here). (And you can share your projects using #AllThingsWindows on social media and link up your window-related blog posts or Instagram photos at the party, too!)

 

DIY Window Casing Tips + Tutorials

First: head over to This Old House and read this awesome article that tells you all the terminology about what is what in window trim. Very informative!This Old Home window trim guide via Remodelaholic

 

Over at Pretty Handy Girl, Cristina from Remodelando la Casa has a thorough and detailed window casing tutorial to get your from start to finish — how to remove a window sill, install a new one, and trim the window for a full makeover.  Remodelando La Casa on Pretty Handy Girl window trim tutorial via Remodelaholic

 

Ashley from Make It and Love It also shared a great informative tutorial about how she (a self-proclaimed DIY rookie) replaced window sills and trimmed her windows.  Make It and Love It how to trim a window and replace the sill via Remodelaholic

If you’re looking for an easy carved moulding style trim, check out this tutorial by Ana White.

Ana White easiest way to trim windows via Remodelaholic

Or if you’re in the market for the craftsman look, The DIY Mommy shares the tutorial for how she did a super easy craftsman-style trim (by herself!) — just 4 pieces for each window!

The DIY Mommy super simple craftsman window trim tutorial via Remodelaholic

 

Over at Teal and Lime, our very own Kayla and Justin from Home Coming shared all their carpenter’s tips for installing a craftsman style window trimHome Coming on Teal and Lime carpenter tips for installing window trim via Remodelaholic

Donna from Funky Junk Interiors also used a craftsman style window trim in her home, but she used regular flat lumber (not crown moulding) to create the stacked crown on top.

Funky Junk Interiors craftsman style window trim using flat lumber and not moulding via Remodelaholic

Sarah (aka Thrifty Decor Chic) shows you how she added window trim and updated her chair rail to have a seamless transition from window casing to existing wainscoting.

Thrifty Decor Chick how to trim windows to match chair rail wainscoting via Remodelaholic

Jill from The Rozy Home shared here on Remodelaholic how she took her entryway style up a notch by trimming out her arched windows.

The Rozy Home on Remodelaholic how to trim arched windows via Remodelaholic

Visit Thistlewood Farms to see how KariAnne used plywood to save money while adding height to her farmhouse windows.

Thistlewood Farms inexpensive way to add height to window frames via Remodelaholic

If you’ve got a set of windows to trim, head over to Remodelando la Casa to see how Cristina installed trim on her double window.

Remodelando La Casa how to trim double windows via Remodelaholic

Brittany, the amazing Pretty Handy Girl, shows you how to frame a casement (hinged) window.

Pretty Handy Girl how to frame a casement hinged window via Remodelaholic

Phew. There ya go. I’m breaking a sweat just thinking about all the measuring, but the work of framing windows is totally worth it!

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Universal Tricks for Good-Looking Curtain Panels http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/09/universal-tricks-curtain-panels-windows/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/09/universal-tricks-curtain-panels-windows/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:20:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=60955 Kicking off our All Things Windows week, our decorating guru, Jackie, is here with simple tips to make your curtains look amazing! Check out all of the window goodness here, or share and browse using #AllThingsWindows on social media. Don’t forget to come link up your window-related blog posts or Instagram photos at the party, too! […]

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Kicking off our All Things Windows week, our decorating guru, Jackie, is here with simple tips to make your curtains look amazing!

Check out all of the window goodness here, or share and browse using #AllThingsWindows on social media. Don’t forget to come link up your window-related blog posts or Instagram photos at the party, too!

Don’t underestimate the power of window treatments, particularly curtain panels, to make or break a room. Curtain panels add softness to a room and are one of the largest textile surfaces in a space. Regardless of the fabric, color, or pattern you choose there are some universal tricks to making your windows (and room) look top-notch.

Quick Tricks for Good-Looking Windows | Jackie Hernandez for Remodelaholic.com #WeekofWindows

Choosing the Right Length Curtain Panel

For the greatest impact, floor to ceiling panels are my favorite, but they aren’t always practical. There are basically three length options:

  • Sill length – the bottom of the curtain panel just touches the window sill. A great option for the kitchen.
  • Apron length – the bottom of the curtain ends a few inches below the bottom of the window frame. This length is popular for kids bedrooms, bathrooms, or where a heater or radiator is below the window.
  • Floor length – the bottom of the curtain just dusts the floor.

The overall length you choose though will depend on how high you hang the curtain rod.

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To make your window and room appear larger, hang the curtain rod right below the ceiling, like I did in my dining room. This works best in rooms with 8, 9, or 10-foot ceilings using curtain panels that are 94″, 108″, or 120″ long, respectively. For rooms with ceilings over 10-feet high it can be difficult and extremely expensive to find longer curtain panels. In that case, hang the curtain rod about 10-12″ above the window frame and use 94-96″ panels. Unfortunately, most standard 84″ curtain panels are not long enough for floor length curtains.

The Perfect Length for a Curtain Rod

The right length curtain rod also makes a big difference. When the curtain panels are open, you want as much of the window showing as possible to let in maximum natural light.

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Choose a curtain rod that is long enough to extend 10-12″ beyond the window frame on each side. This way when the curtains are open, they will be covering the window frame and wall next to it, not the window. This trick also fools the eye into making the window appear larger and the room wider.

Money-Saving Tips for Extra Wide Windows

For extra wide windows or multiple windows close together (which should be treated as one window), consider stationary panels to save money. Use a single decorative curtain panel on each side of the window, like I did here in my master bedroom. They won’t be functional to cover the window, but they still add softness to the room and frame the window.

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If you use stationary panels, you can also skip the extra long curtain rod and use a shorter rod on each end of the window, extending beyond the window frame 10-12″. Use blinds mounted inside the window frame for light control.

If you need your curtain panels to be functional, the total width of all panels should be 2.5 times the width of your window. For extra wide windows, you can sew multiple panels together, so they move to each side as one and there is no gaping when they are closed.

Simple Ways to Treat Tiny Windows

For tiny windows, simple is best. Install a plantation shutter or inside mount wood or faux wood blinds. If you prefer the softness of curtain panels, use a single panel (either by itself or layered over blinds) and swag it to one side with a curtain tie back.

Ultimately, curtain panels and window treatments are a personal preference.  Decorative curtain panels are a designer favorite because they can be used as a tool to make a room appear larger, add softness, frame a great view, and make a statement.  The right choice for you depends on the room, the window, and the look you want.  These tips are a helpful guide on the basics of good-looking curtain panels.

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All Things Windows, All Week! http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/09/all-things-windows/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/09/all-things-windows/#respond Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:15:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=51643 Do you remember how much fun we had during Headboard Week? Well, we are doing it AGAIN, for windows. We have a week chock full of awesome and inspiring tutorials for all things windows — curtains, shades, window frames, shutters, and even ways to use old windows. Wahoo! Check out all of the All Things […]

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Do you remember how much fun we had during Headboard Week? Well, we are doing it AGAIN, for windows. We have a week chock full of awesome and inspiring tutorials for all things windows — curtains, shades, window frames, shutters, and even ways to use old windows. Wahoo!

Check out all of the All Things Windows goodness here, and share using #AllThingsWindows on social media. 

On top of everything we have lined up to help you make your home and windows amazing, we want to see what you are doing with windows in your home. So scroll on down and link up (and please grab a button to spread the news)!

  • Anything window-related goes — interior, exterior, upcycled, anything!
  • You can link up a blog post or an Instagram photo showing off what you’ve done with your windows.
  • Add as many window projects as you want to the party (no business links, please)
  • We’ll select some of our favorites to feature at our wrap-up (aka the after party ;) on Saturday, October 4th. So link up soon!

(If you have a project you’d love to share that isn’t window related, just head over to our regular monthly Remodelaholics Anonymous party to share. We love finding new guests to feature!)

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The Best Tips + Tutorials for Framing Windows

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House Headboard http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/09/house-headboard/ http://www.remodelaholic.com/2014/09/house-headboard/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0000 http://www.remodelaholic.com/?p=61145 Hello again, it’s Amy from Hertoolbelt back with another build project.  If you missed last weeks awesome vintage inspired corbels, you have to check them out!  The build plan for this week is inspired by this hip wooden house headboard featured in a Dutch Magazine.  Isn’t it fun, I especially love the painted accents on […]

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Hello again, it’s Amy from Hertoolbelt back with another build project.  If you missed last weeks awesome vintage inspired corbels, you have to check them out!  The build plan for this week is inspired by this hip wooden house headboard featured in a Dutch Magazine.  Isn’t it fun, I especially love the painted accents on the wall with the simplicity of the house.

A unique and modern house headboard to dress up a twin bed.  Free plans and tutorial on Remodelaholic.com #headboard #bedroom

Our version is designed to fit around a simple twin bed.  If your twin bed is extra tall, you may want to consider adding a few inches of height to the plans.

A unique and modern house headboard to dress up a twin bed.  Free plans and tutorial on Remodelaholic.com #headboard #bedroom

How to Build a House Headboard

Materials Needed

  • 2 sheets of 3/4″ plywood 4′ x 8′ (if your store sells 1/2 sheets you really only need 1 1/2 sheets of plywood)
  • 1 1/2″ screws
  • wood glue
  • wood filler
  • paint/primer
  • sandpaper
  • corded light

Step 1

Cut a sheet of plywood at about 52″, save the other piece for the walls.  Cut the plywood to 41″ x 52″.  On the 52″ side, measure up 40″ then make a mark, repeat for other side.  Mark the top center (20 1/2″), measure up 51 13/16″ from the bottom and mark at the center line.  Cut each side from the 40″ side mark to the top center mark, making a roof peak.  Drill a hole near the top large enough to fit your light cord and plug.

A unique and modern house headboard to dress up a twin bed.  Free plans and tutorial on Remodelaholic.com #headboard #bedroom

 

Step 2

Rip the extra plywood piece in half about 24″ (the extra piece from the back).   Cut 2 pieces that are about 24″ x 40″.  On the top, cut the edge back leaving a 60 deg angle.

A unique and modern house headboard to dress up a twin bed.  Free plans and tutorial on Remodelaholic.com #headboard #bedroom On one of the sides, we’ll cut out a window.  From the bottom, measure up and mark 36″ and 26″.  From each edge measure and mark 6″.  Using the marks, cut out a rectangle about 12″ x 10″.

A unique and modern house headboard to dress up a twin bed.  Free plans and tutorial on Remodelaholic.com #headboard #bedroom

Step 3

Cut 2 pieces of plywood that are 26 1/2″ x 24″.  Cut a 60 deg angle on one of the 24″ edges.  Measure down 24 9/16″ and make another 60 deg angle, making a really long paralellogram :-)  Repeat on the other board.

A unique and modern house headboard to dress up a twin bed.  Free plans and tutorial on Remodelaholic.com #headboard #bedroom

 Step 4

With a scrap piece of plywood, make 1 or 2 roof/light supports.  Cut a piece that is 3 5/8″ x 4″.  Cut each side at a 30 deg angle, this should fit in the peak of the roof leaving a little room for the cord, trim as needed.

A unique and modern house headboard to dress up a twin bed.  Free plans and tutorial on Remodelaholic.com #headboard #bedroom

 

This piece will help brace the roof and hold to the light cord up.

A unique and modern house headboard to dress up a twin bed.  Free plans and tutorial on Remodelaholic.com #headboard #bedroom

If you anticipate needing a little extra side support (from kids pushing and such :-) )  Cut a piece of plywood that is 41″ x 3″.

A unique and modern house headboard to dress up a twin bed.  Free plans and tutorial on Remodelaholic.com #headboard #bedroom

Step 5

Along all of the joining edges we will simply screw the boards together.  Pre-drill the holes along the joining edges about 3/8″ in from the edge.  Use a countersink to make the screws flush.  Apply a bead of wood glue along the joining edge and screw together with 1 1/2″ or longer screws.  Install the roof/light supports with only screws (no glue).  Add the extra side support as needed.

A unique and modern house headboard to dress up a twin bed.  Free plans and tutorial on Remodelaholic.com #headboard #bedroom Note the backside sits inside the house, the roof is supported by the back peak.

A unique and modern house headboard to dress up a twin bed.  Free plans and tutorial on Remodelaholic.com #headboard #bedroom

Step 6

Fill the screw holes, cracks and blemishes with wood filler and allow to dry.  Once dried, sand the house and filler smooth.  Prime the plywood and allow to dry.  Paint the House Headboard your favorite color.  Once the paint is dry, run a light cord through the back hole and use the roof/light supports to hold the light cord in place.  Ikea carries very similar looking light cords to the one in the inspiration picture for $5.  They also carry cords with fun colors for $8.

This house headboard can be left simple for a modern look, or it can be the bones for a decorated house.  It would be fun to add wood shingles to the roof like Cassity did with their Bunk Bed Playhouse.  There are lots of possibilities!  For more Headboard Inspiration, check out 50+ DIY Headboards.


A unique and modern house headboard to dress up a twin bed.  Free plans and tutorial on Remodelaholic.com #headboard #bedroom

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