Monday, May 21, 2012

Aluminum Flashing Headboard ~ DIY

Hello friends!  Hope your weekend was grrrrrreat!  I finally found time to slap together a few more posts.  So, staying on my Aluminum Flashing bandwagon.  Here is another easy DIY project.  Easy on the pocket book too.   A headboard this time!

I suppose this is also a sneak peek of a bedroom I'm in the process of doing (almost done!).  This bedroom is a guy's (college age) room, so I got to go more masculine than some of my other bedroom makeovers.  I'll have lots of pictures of that in full, soon.


So back to the headboard.  Aluminum Flashing looks like this.  In case you've missed it in some of my previous posts.



You can pick it up at your local hardware store.  I got mine from Lowe's, one of my most favorite stores, in the roofing asle.  It comes in different widths and lengths.  I used a 50' roll to make this headboard and came up one strip short of a complete queen headboard.  Luckily I had an extra piece left over from one of my previous projects.  One thing I noticed is the 50' roll seems to be a little thinner metal than the 10' foot rolls.  The 50' roll has indentions in it.  The 10' rolls don't, they are very smooth.  I was good with that though, thought it made it more interesting.  Oh... and you can sand this stuff with very fine sandpaper to make it less shiny if you like that look.  Just test your sanding skills on an extra piece of flashing before you start on the headboard to make sure you like it.  It can leave swirl marks if you're not careful.


All you need to do this project is a piece of MDF board, that you can have cut to size at the store (Lowe's, Home Depot....), aluminum flashing and a staple gun.  Not the paper stapler, but the big daddy one.

This was a queen size headboard, so my dimensions were 4' tall by 5' wide.  One piece of MDF board is 4' x 8', so I only had to make one cut.  Next, cut the aluminum flashing to size.  I used the 10" width so needed 11 strips.  6 horizontally and 5 vertically for the basket weave look.  Hopefully my crappy little diagram below will give the idea.  heehee.  Just weave the flashing strips over, under, over, under, over under... and so on, then do the next strip in the opposite order...

Leave an extra 2" on all sides to bend around to the back of the MDF board for your staples.  You'll need books or something kinda heavy to put at the ends of your flashing as you lay it out to keep it from rolling up.  I laid out and weaved all the flashing on the floor then laid the MDF board on top, then used a hammer to help bend the flashing to make it good and flat around all the sides, and stapled everything down. Make sure all your strips are butted up against each other before you staple.  There should be no gaps between the strips.
 Flip it over and you're all done.  Snazzy and less than a hundred bucks. 
So what do you think??

Smiles!
~Renew Redo~




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    1. Thanks!!

      Smiles!
      Great smile in your little profile pic thingie there! : )

      Sammy ~ Renew Redo

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  2. When I saw this I instantly thought it make an awesome accent wall or some sort of "layering" like put behind a credenza or something. I kept thinking about it and then I was like meh never gonna do it anyway, haha. But I do think it look awesome!!!

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    1. lol, you're too funny! I agree with you on the wall thing, that thought has definitely popped into my mind too. Who knows you may see something like that pop up on this little bloggy blog here. You know how I find something I like and put it on every possible surface under the sun! lol ; )

      Smiles!
      Sammy ~ Renew Redo

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  3. UNBELIEVABLE! you are seriously amazing w/ what you take on! submit this to design*sponge, please!!

    do you wear gloves? i think i'd end up bleeding all over this stuff!

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    1. Awhhh, thanks Amy!! You are always such a supportive fellow blogger. Just makes me want to give you a big bloggy hug!

      No I don't wear gloves. The edges aren't as sharp as you might think. The only thing is if you cut it and leave a jagged edge then watch out baby cuz that shmarts, but good clean straigt cuts, no worries. : )

      Smiles!
      Sammy ~ Renew Redo

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    1. Thanks Mama! Always love to see your name pop up, my little BBF

      Smiles!
      Sammy ~ Renew Redo

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  5. How did you attach it to the wall? I thought a french cleat, but it looks flush to the wall. Looks fabulous!

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    1. Hey there! Ooops, sorry, I must have missed this question.
      I used picture hanging hardware on the back of the mdf board. Hope that helps! : )

      Smiles!
      Sammy ~ Renew Redo

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  6. It looks like it was "aged"? how did you accomplish it?

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  7. That aluminum flashing headboard really works, Sammy! It made the bedrail looks sturdy, and it gives the room a very post-modern personality. I hope that it retains its sheen for a long time, so that it continues to work from the vantage of design.

    Bernice Parsons @ Badger Anodising

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  8. Hi there. I love this and planning on doing this as we remodel ourbedroom. I was wondering how the flashing looks different colors? Did sand it? Thanks!

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