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 Olympic's Blue Tang.
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; Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores).
Add brass nailhead trim for a finishing touch. We used genuine nail strips, ($12; Rockler).
Attach the upholstered piece to the mantel with deck screws.