Downtown Bed And Breakfast Bedroom

An urban guy and a country girl find a simple and inviting compromise for their bedroom.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe team fashions a painted wall for the bed's headboard.
To act as a headboard, the Get It Together team builds a wall and paints it burgundy to match the new color scheme of the room.

Note: This will take more handyman skills than a simple craft project; the last step is imperative for safety purposes.

Materials and Tools:

eight 2x4s
1/4" sheet of MDF
2 sheets of birch plywood
2 sconces or wall-mounted reading lamps
wood stain
carpenter's glue
L-bracket mounts


1. Measure 2x4s and MDF to desired height and width of wall.
2. Build a partial wall by nailing together the 2x4s for the frame and a few horizontal pieces for support in the middle. Face the frame with the 1/4-inch sheet of MDF.
3. Paint the face and sides desired color. Note: A good choice is an accent color in your room.
4. Cut two rectangular sheets of birch plywood, measured so that when placed side by side they are slightly smaller than the wall and give the appearance of vertical panels.
5. Stain the panels the desired wood tone.
6. Attach the panels to the face of the painted wall with carpenter's glue and nails. Lleave enough room on each side of each panel so that you still see the wall color.
7. Drill two holes near the top of each panel, drilling through the wall.
8. Run the electrical cord from the sconces (or wall-mounted reading lamps) through the hole to fall behind the wall.
9. Attach the sconces to the panels. Use an extension cord to plug the sconces into a nearby outlet.
10. Find a stud in the wall of your bedroom and using L-brackets, attach the top of the new headboard/partial wall to your bedroom wall. Note: Make sure you have installed the headboard into a stud in the wall for safety purposes.