How to Make a Salvaged-Mantel Headboard
Transform a salvage yard find into the latest addition for your sleepspace
Blue paint unifies the mantel and the upholstery.
With its clean lines, a simple Federal-style mantel is a serious flea-market score—whether or not you have a firebox to surround. It finds new life here as an elegant headboard and gives curling up in front of the fireplace a whole new meaning. Follow these steps to create your own.
Strip the peeling paint. We used an eco-friendly gel stripper and hit the bare wood with an orbital sander.
Prime and paint the mantel. We used
For the opening, we made an upholstered piece by tacking 1×4s around the perimeter of a piece of plywood. Two-inch-thick foam rests in the center. Cover it with a layer of batting, followed by fabric. We used Nate Berkus's Jatte pattern, ($19 per yard; ).
Add brass nailhead trim for a finishing touch. We used genuine nail strips, ($12; ).
Attach the upholstered piece to the mantel with deck screws.