$3 Headboard!

Our master bedroom is small, small and there are hardly any options for where to put our bed.  We settled on this spot last year and it’s my favorite because the bed is totally hidden when you’re standing in the kitchen or dining room. I used to hate being able to stand at the kitchen table and see my bed (because I am the first one to admit that I do NOT make it every day).

So I love this spot except the headboard overlapped the window sills and now that was a new thing to drive me nuts.  I wasn’t a fan of the headboard to begin with and we lost an inch or so of floor space by having to stop at the window sills.

Here’s the before, take note of the metal blinds that refused to go up evenly or stay up!

So we made a headboard out of beadboard!  A friend had the beadboard left over from a project so that was free!  We bought the trim and my husband cut everything and I painted it all!

I’m SO happy with how it turned out and it really brightens up the whole room!

I found the blinds on clearance at Lowe’s for $11 each and I LOVE them!  The color is perfect and they keep the room so dark!

The pillow is the one I showed you here that I made from a thrift store tie and clearance napkins.

I showed the wreath that I made for a quarter over here and I just stapled the ribbon onto the trim.  The bird pictures we had before (a Christmas Tree Shop find) and they’re just sitting on the ledge.

This is one of my favorite projects to date because it was SO cheap and easy and makes an unbelievable difference in this room!  Every time I walk into my bedroom I just stare at it and smile!

Beadboard- FREE from a friend
Trim- About $3 but we have some leftover
Paint- used white paint we already had
Wreath- 25 cents
Pillow- $1.50
Blinds- $22

So the total room transformation for us was about $27 but just the headboard was only $3 and I am in love!

 I’ll try to get better pictures later when it’s not so sunny out and but I was too excited to post it!  Sorry it’s so washed out!


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  1. I love love love love love beatboard! It turned out super cute!!! We need a headboard for our bed…this is a great idea!

  2. So cute! I love how your headboard turned out!!! sucha great idea. Love the blinds and the pillows too.
    Thanks for leaving a sweet comment on my blog. As for the color of the little cupboard…i will be doing tutorial and revealing the color in a couple weeks. I love the color and have had so many people ask what the color is, so I have decided to paint something else the same color and give step by step instructions.
    Love your room! It turned out darling!
    p.s. LOVE the new look of your blog!!!

  3. Natale your room looks beautiful. I can’t believe the difference and for what you spent…amazing!!! I bow to your thrifty abilities.

  4. You should be in love. This is phenomenal. I love it all!!!!!!!

  5. Love this, but you already know that. And, the blinds really look terrible in the before pic…lol. Can’t wait to start on the headboards in the kids’ bedroom!

  6. so cute!! Love it all!

  7. Looks amazing, beautiful room. Enjoy it. winks-jen

  8. @Meganhaha, Megan!! Thanks for joining me in the messy bed club! I feel so alone sometimes! I’ve been doing pretty well with it, though, since we finished the headboard so cross your fingers that it sticks!

  9. LOVE! So bright and clean and adorable. When can I come for a stay? Thanks.

  10. MaryBerry Boutique says:

    BEAUTIFUL!! I love makeovers:)
    Im your newest follower:) Come see me over at

  11. so pretty. I don’t make my bed everyday either, but now that you have that pretty headboard you are going to HAVE to make your bed.


  12. Wow what a beautiful makeover and, of course, and fantastic deal! I’m your newest follower :o)

  13. Natalie, that looks awesome! I love your whole room and to do it so inexpensively is wonderful. You’re inspiring me to update my own bedroom ~ the only thing I’ve done to it in almost 9 years is add some clutter :(

    PS ~ Thanks for stopping by ComeTogetherKids!

  14. Wow! What a great idea!

  15. $3 headboard? I’m there! Love it!

  16. Look at you brightening up your bedroom! Love this project…it turned out so lovely! My favorite thing is that “tie” pillow 😉

  17. This is beautiful! I love the height and that you have that adorable wreath hanging from it, and that it was $3!!! It looks like a retreat… which is how a master bedroom should be.
    Great job!

  18. Hi, Natalie (love your name–it’s my oldest daughter’s name too). :) The beadboard is such a great alternative to a traditional headboard. The way you’ve styled it is just perfect for Spring. Love the pop of color in the ribbon. :) I’m visiting from Centsational Girl…hope you’ll stop by my blog to say hi too. :)

  19. Natalie, this looks amazing! Such a huge impact for $3. So glad I came across your blog. I’m a new follower.

  20. SOOO totally cute! I love it! so much better than having a headboard that does not fit between the windows! Great job!

  21. Wow! That looks great. What a great solution for a headboard!! Here from embellishing life.

  22. The beadboard looks gorgeous! Nice work! Visiting from Running with Glitter.


  23. That is so cool! Nice job! :)

  24. Very cool! And that tie pillow is adorable!

  25. looove that!!! It looks amazing!

  26. This idea is great. I love the bead board. Our room is very small, too. There are three windows and not a lot of ways to put our bed. We have it between two windows like you. I love it. Thanks for the inspiration.
    I just stopped by from TCB’s Get Your Craft On.


  27. what a great use of space…looks great…

  28. At The Picket Fence says:

    Incredible Natalie! I am in awe of your not only beautiful but oh so frugal headboard. You have turned your bedroom into an amazing space. My hat is off to you! Oh and I think I have the exact same blind from Lowes that I purchased to put in my kitchen…weren’t the prices amazing?


  29. So stinkin’ cute!


  30. What a beautiful room, Natalie! I love the simple beadboard headboard! So creative and clever and looks amazing! Great job!

    Thanks so much for linking your creativity to the DIY party! :)


  31. Your bedroom looks amazing. I love the fabric for your drapes and bedding. Where did you get that? Thanks so much for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.

  32. Kim @ seven thirty three says:

    Gorgeous colors! You totally took my idea straight from my head! 😉 My husband went to buy the beadboard two weeks ago, but it wouldn’t fit in our pathfinder, so we have to borrow a friends truck. I plan on doing my entire wall (which is like a nook) where my bed is – it won’t be as high as yours, but the concept is the same. And seeing yours makes me love it all the more!

    Thanks for linking with Sugar & Spice.

  33. I love this! Your room looks awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  34. I love beadboard and the way you used it as a headboard – perfect!

  35. Truly a beautiful idea! I love it!

  36. What a great makeover! So cute and creative.

  37. What a beautiful sanctuary to have. I love the headboard and all the little details you did to make the space perfect!

  38. Love it!! Looks fantastic! And what a big impact for such a little bit of money!
    Thanks for linking up!

  39. OMG FAB! I have been looking and looking for a headboard for our bed and have not found one yet! I think I might talk the hubby into doing this! Looks great!

  40. Wow, your bedroom looks amazing, so pulled together. I love the wall color, too. You have great style, and I love your $3 budget 😉

  41. Love all of it, the colors are divine! Thanks for linking up to Beyond The Picket Fence.

  42. Wow…very nice and I love the tie looking pillow

  43. I LOVE it! Great Job!!! I would love for you to link up to What’s in Your Garden!!



  44. What a difference! Love the headboard, and what an awesome deal on blinds! Thanks for stopping by and linking. :) Have a wonderful weekend!

  45. That room is just plain fantastic!!! Love it!


  46. Wow, this looks lovely. Hope to see you at My Dream Canvas.

  47. Well done, gorgeous. It’s hard to work in a small space but you make it look easy. Hugs and happy Friday!

  48. Holiday Snob says:

    That looks so fabulous! (stopping by from sassy sites)

  49. I love this! I think I am going to do this in my bedroom, it has a similiar set up with the windows. Love your blog too! I would love if you stopped by mine at http://www.swoonstylehome.com.

  50. Oh my goodness! Natalie! That’s fabulous! And that last photo – the one you apologized about being washed out – it’s soooo dreamy! The light is gorgeous in it! Just sayin’. 😉 And I can’t help but want to put a yellow pillow on the bed. You know, to tie in the pretty yellow ribbon on the wreath …just a thought. Love what you’ve done!!! Sure wish you could come help me with my house!!!!!!!!! xoxo

  51. @Sonja Yes, Sonja!! I’m heading to Philly tomorrow and want to swing by fabric row and I have on my list that I want yellow fabric for a pillow!! I love, love, love that you picked that out! (and that you’re visiting me here!!). Thanks!

  52. @Judy Thanks, Judy! I’m pretty sure the bedding and drapes are from J.C.Penney’s catalog, but I could be wrong! It’s been about 2 years and my memory is fried!

  53. Thanks SO much for all the fab comments!! You guys are making me feel so good and love it even more!! I hope lots of you try it and come back and show me pics!

  54. That is such a neat idea. Thanks for sharing, it looks awesome!

    Have a great weekend :)

  55. Great idea!! I hope you’ll stop by my linky party and share! http://www.lovelycraftyhome.com

  56. GREAT project!!! I love it.

    I shared it on my TT&J facebook page and linked to you :)


  57. Classy D says:

    love the mixture of everything in the room.

  58. Um. WOW! I just found you.

    a. I love your blog.

    b. What is a beadboard? I need one.

    c. You are my hero!


  59. I love the headboard and the bird prints. Lovely room.

    Blogwarming giveaway on our blog this week. Please stop by to enter to win six antique blue mason jars.

  60. What a HUGE difference! The headboard transformation is awesome, and the addition of the wreath, blinds, and pillow are like icing on the cake! WAY TO GO! I can’t wait to hammer out a headboard for my guest bedroom! I’ll definitely keep this one in mind!

  61. Unbelievably brilliant! Great job- thanks for linking up!

  62. Mary - The Tall Chick says:

    Looks awesome!!!! :)

  63. $3? Seriously???

    Glad you stopped by at the Creative Juice party. Thanks for linking up!

  64. Love how it all came together!!! Thank you for linking up to What’s in My Garden!


  65. This is so great! I love how the whole room looks now, SO Much better!

    I wonder if you would be interested in writing a special guest post on Remodelaholic about the project! Let me know, I will send you the details.


  66. We have the same set-up. Your solution is great.

  67. This is gorgeous — I found your blog from Pinterest. I have seen a few other bloggers do this, and am wondering what it looks like behind the bed. Did you bring the beadboard all the way to the floor? I imagine the bed covers any overlap so I guess it works, right?

  68. Just wanted to say that I read your blog quite frequently and I’m always amazed at some of the stuff people post here. But keep up the good work, it’s always interesting.

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