Tuesday, October 22, 2019

DIY Malm Bed Headboard Up-cycle


We've had this old IKEA Malm black-brown bed our entire marriage, it was time to get something nicer! So we decided to get ourselves a new bed! However, we still had this extra bed that wasn't looking so great. We decided to up-cycle and make it worth using in our guest room (recently created because we moved our daughters into the same room).

wood slats laid out
We started by buying all the wood for the headboard. We used 9 boards: 4 1x3, 3 1x2 and 4 1x4.
Figure out the sizes that you will need to cover your head board. Mine was a Queen size bed, so we cut the wood down to 68 inches because my queen headboard was 66.5 inches and we needed the extra space to cover our side pieces. You'll want a variety of sized boards so we spaced them out equally.

Start by sanding down the faces and edges of the board. Lay them out so you know which sides are going to be visible. We had some BEHR Grey paint on hand and decided to make it more of a stain so we could see the wood grain. Just add some water and dilute the paint down and it becomes more stain like consistency.

Let it dry for an hour at least when the weather is warm. You can do touch ups to get pieces that weren't completely covered, wait another hour. Next we clear coated it! We used Glidden Premium interior paint and primer. Again, let dry all the way before handling it.

Two coats of primer
Two coats of paint
Now before we assembled all the pieces together and built the new headboard, I decided we needed to do something about the rest of the bed. It was going to be this dark color that wasn't going to match anymore. So I got a primer, Valspar stainblocking primer/sealer and put two coats over everything I wanted it to be painted grey. Since the IKEA furniture isn't real wood, it's important you use a good primer prior to painting the wood! I also just used the paint as is and didn't add water to make it into a stain. I did use the same color, but it does appear darker than the headboard.

Side wood slat
Clamping the side to the top with liquid nail as well

Clamping the top two wood slats together

Once everything was dry we got to the fun part! Take your two side pieces and nail them onto the sides of your current headboard. We started out using a hammer and nail, but realized a nail gun would be so much easier! So we eventually did that. In order to make it as strong as possible, we bought liquid nails as well and glued all the wood we could prior to nailing it on.

Start from the top in case some of the wood is off from the cuts and that way you can cover up any mistakes with your mattress and bedding! The top piece is placed directly on top of the two side pieces as a cover. The wood that is placed before the top of the original headboard can be tricky, so we used liquid nails and glued each piece together as well as using a clamp to keep them straight. One way to fix this issue is adding a piece of wood that fits in between the wood (behind the headboard where you will not see it) and you can nail your wood slats directly to it.

Eventually our wood slats became too wide and we couldn't use the clamps to keep the wood in place as we used the nail gun. This is why you will need two people for this job! Have the slats perfectly in place when hammering (or nail gunning) the nails into place. Continue the process until the head board is complete!! Step back and enjoy your masterpiece!

Wood stain up close

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