An Australian wellness blogger has created a DIY coastal headboard out of timber she purchased at Bunnings and shared the exact process with fans.
Keira Rumble, who is CEO of Krumbled Foods, decided to make a soft cream coloured headboard to match her woven bedside table and terracotta bedsheets, using 30mm Tasmanian Oak half-round dowels from Porta Timber.
‘This DIY bedhead is perfect for those that are renting, as you don’t need to fix anything to the wall, and you can bring it with you when you move (although, it is a little heavy and you’ll need two people to help carry it),’ The Sydneysider wrote on her blog.
An Australian wellness blogger has created a DIY headboard out of timber she purchased at Bunnings, sharing the exact process with fans of the coastal piece of furniture
Keira Rumble (pictured) decided to make a soft cream coloured headboard to match her woven bedside table and terracotta bedsheets
She decided on Tasmanian Oak wood because of its decorative design and because it has a ‘subtle’ range of colours, so it was find to keep in its natural state.
‘I didn’t want to paint or varnish it. I was recently watching an episode of Grand Designs and the house that was getting built was centred around LOW VOC finishes, which means using pants with fewer volatile chemicals,’ she said.
‘The Tasmanian Oak isn’t treated with any chemicals, so this was the perfect fit.’
Keira only needed a few basic pieces of equipment like a pencil, ruler, hammer, tape measure, sandpaper and handsaw after choosing her wood.
Keira only needed a few basic pieces of equipment like a pencil, ruler, hammer, tape measure, sandpaper and handsaw after choosing her wood
What will you need?
* 1200 Level or ruler
* Tape Measure
* 4 x Quick-Grip Clamps
* Liquid Nails
* Silicone Gun
* Weights (optional)
* 16mm MDF Board (length and height will vary on your room and specifications)
* 30mm Half Round Wood Dowels (number will vary on your MDF Board size)
* 2 x30 mm ¼ Round Wood Dowels
* Packing tape
She opted for a full dowel finish, which looks cut off at the end of the half cylinders, because she preferred the look of it
She opted for a full dowel finish, which looks cut off at the end of the half cylinders, because she preferred the look of it.
‘You could always frame the headboard but this takes away from the round finish in my opinion,’ she said.
‘We also used the offcuts from the MDF Board (medium-density fibreboard to sit behind the dowels) as a little frame for the headboard as we have square skirting, so our headboard sits on top of these and finishes flush to the wall.’
Firstly, you’ll need to visit Bunnings to order your MDF Board and Tasmanian Oak half-dowels.
Keira can be seen lining up her dowels on the MDF board and then gluing it down (pictured)
‘We cheated and got the headboard and dowels pre-cut to the size we needed and delivered. Our headboard was for a queen size bed that had to fit in between power points, so it isn’t a standard size,’ she said.
She got the MDF Board cut 1cm shorter than the dowels as it creates a shadow line so you can’t see the MDF Board behind the dowels.
The dowels were cut at 1200cm (half the length of the full dowel) so the same length can be used twice, which halves the cost of the dowels.
How do you piece it together?
1. Once your MDF board is the length you need it. From one side mark the half-way length at the top and bottom of the board. Using a ruler or level draw a line from top to bottom.
2. On the back of the dowel mark the middle point of the dowel. If you’re using the 30mm dowel it will 15mm.
3. Place the dowel lined up with the middle of the board and ‘dry lay’ the dowels end to end. You should find that on both ends the dowels overhang by about a half.
4. Using the silicone gun put a bead of liquid nails running the entire length of the marked dowel, line up the middle of the dowel on the halfway line on the MDF board.
5. Firmly press the dowel onto the MDF Board using both marks as a guide.
6. Fasten the first dowel with two of the quick grip clamps. I do this with clamps so you don’t get nail holes or need to putty.
7. Using your tap measure, measure the distance from the edge of the MDF board to the dowel at the top and at the bottom to ensure both measurements from the edge of the MDF Board are the same and that the dowel is running parallel to the edge.
8. Repeat step 4,5 & 7 for roughly lay 10 dowels at a time in the one direction. Always re measure to ensure that the dowels are running parallel.
9. Once roughly 10 dowels are laid, remove the clamps holding down the first dowel gently.
10. Place a dowel running across the laid dowels. One on each end. Fasten them tightly using two clamps on either side.
11. Remeasure the distance from the edge of the MDF Board to the last dowel to make sure none have moved out of place.
12. Place the cut off MDF Board over the dowel with weights on it to make sure all dowels are firmly bonded.
It’s recommended to leave this in place for 12-24hrs. So instead of fixing all the dowels at once, I would fix roughly 10 dowels at a time, leave it for 12-24 hrs and then do another section until the dowels reached the both sides. You can opt to do more if you have more quick grips.
13. Use the clamps on each side to firmly keep the dowels in tact and use the tape to fasten the dowels to the rest of the board in place. Don’t worry about the excess liquid nails or that the dowel sticks out a bit.
14. Leave for 24 hours.
15. Repeat for other side.
16. Once the liquid nails has set, remove clamps and tape and sand back the dowels removing excess liquid nails.
What you should have now is a complete Dowel Headboard with a Full Dowel Finish.
Plenty of people were astounded by the transformation, saying they plan to follow her instructions to make something similar
Plenty of people were astounded by the transformation, saying they plan to follow her instructions to make something similar.
‘This is so clever. Even better that it doesn’t involve any drilling into the wall,’ one person said.
‘Most of the steps are to do with repetition, so I can do this!’ Said another.
A third added: ‘I already spend too much time at Bunnings so this will only make that worse’.