My poor husband. Nothing he has left from his pre-Jen days is sacred.
With our budget bedroom makeover I really wanted a new headboard for my bedroom makeover.
This one from Ballard’s was my dream; but way out of my budget, so I decided to use it as inspiration instead and pretty up the one I already had. After all, it was solid wood and has a ton of potential!!
Oak, 80’s. UGH.But it is solid wood. It has that going for it.
I purchased chair caning from Van Dyke’s Restorers and I already had an architectural piece from an old dresser.
I first added my dresser piece ( sorry, no pics… my bad.) to the top. Then I primed and painted the whole thing white.
I then cut the caning to size.I spray painted it with white primer to make it easier to paint later.
Once it was dry, I stapled it onto my headboard. Use A LOT of staples. Believe me. I unloaded my gun into it.
later, you’ll paint right over them and you can’t even tell they are there.
I then cut molding to frame around the rough edges and hold it in place. I mitered them so the ends match up and it makes a frame.
Where it didn’t match exactly, I just wood filled it white white wood filler. After it was dry,then I painted the whole thing again.
Here’s where I cried.
I guess when caning gets wet it relaxes and buckles.Which I did NOT know. When I pulled it in that night, I noticed it was all wavy and bumpy. After a full day of work on the darn thing, the tears flowed with a few expletives.
But then the sun came out the next day and when it had dried overnight, the caning tightened up again and it was flat. I think my saving grace was all of the staples.Use lots of staples.
The total cost was $23.00 for the caning with shipping. I already had the other supplies on hand.
It just added the right touch to our new bedroom space.
It wasn’t hard either, just time consuming. I love the idea of using caning now on other things…
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