For those of you who follow me on Pinterest (and if you don’t yet, just click on the word “Pinterest” in my header above) you may remember when a little pin popped up on my Bedroom Ideas Board that had a beautiful bed with a fireplace mantel as a headboard. Well, for months I couldn’t get that beauty out of my head! I knew that was going to be the centerpiece of our new room! The struggle I had with it though, was knowing that it would have to be permanently affixed to the wall, and I’m the type that likes to rearrange my room 4 times a year. – Was it worth the sacrifice???
Well, judging by the house update photos I’ve been posting along the way, you will gather that it was. 🙂 Here’s the story of how the mantel came to be:
Once upon a time, a girl had gotten very tired of her bed (no pun intended). Years ago, when she got married, she thought that every bedroom had to have a “bedroom suite” of furniture in it, so she bought one. All matchy-matchy like. But over time as this girl started to refine her style and taste, she realized that she wasn’t the matchy-matchy type after all. So when it came time to spruce up the Master Suite, she knew that set just had to go. Out with the old, and in with the Pinteresting new! Inspired by that one photo, she started scouring CraigsList for mantels. Lo and behold, the perfect one showed up not too long into her search – for $50 – and it happened to belong to a house that was on her “top 10 favorite houses in the city” list. Meant to be! So home it came, and sat upside down collecting sawdust for a very long while.
Note how it has beautiful dentil molding that perfectly coordinates with our dentil crown! Match made in heaven I tell ya!
By and by, when the renovations were well underway, the girl and her husband had a “dress rehearsal” to get an idea of how the mantel would look in the room:
They used this rehearsal to measure how much they needed to raise the mantel up so that they could comfortably lean against the back to read without hitting their heads on the molding.
You’ll also see a little chunk out of it that my husband so masterfully patched.
So boards were measured, stilts we made, chunks were patched and a base was built for this mantel so it could truly fulfill its destiny: as a beautiful headboard!
Then it was onto the wardrobe department to get her dressed. The girl tacked a twin sized white sheet drape-style to the back, and her husband nailed some plyboard behind it to fill the opening.
After all its sprucing up, the girl and her husband mounted a cleat board to the wall attached firmly to two studs. This would give them something sturdy for the mantel to be screwed into.
Then they measured for careful centering, placed the mantel against the board, and with some very long wood screws, screwed through the top and into the cleat.
That baby is NOT going ANYWHERE! If a tornado comes through their town, you may very well find the girl and her husband clinging to their mantel-bed.
After the mantel was secured to the wall, the husband drilled two holes so that they could thread plugs down to the receptacle below without the cords draping all over the headboard.
After the drilling (which was a little messy) they sanded the holes nice and smooth. – Threaded the plugs down through, and ta-da: