The hexagonal/geometric/honeycomb headboard showed earlier this week came together really nicely. It’s still surprising to me that it’s just wood glue holding these geometric shapes together, but in person, it feels very secure and doesn’t want to warp around at all. Best yet, the size and assembly of the piece would be of perfect proportion to other features in my bedroom with only a $25 investment in 1×2 boards.
The panels themselves will be able to serve multiple purposes over time; they won’t have to stay headboards specifically if it doesn’t work out, they’d both serve nicely as wall decor in any area of the house if I ever wanted to shift my large scale art around.
I polished up the final pieces by letting them soak up some dark Kona brown from my favorite Rust-Oleum Ultimate stain because 1) it’s a rich brown that I’ve really grown to love, even though it wasn’t exactly the same custom mixture as the Walnut and Jacobean that I used on the shiplap in the bedroom and 2) it’s known as a fast-drying formula, and consequently I’ve grown used to being able to man-handle my stained pieces after a generous 1-day dry time.
I wavered around with the idea of hooking these pieces to the wall like a picture frame, but found that the panel wouldn’t rest as flush as I wanted in that method. In the end, I pinned both pieces lightly in place with simple 1-5/8″ brad nails with help from the nail gun, two simple pops on each panel seemed to do the trick to keep them secure and completely even with the wall. Bonus, if we ever want to move them, they’re definitely not permanently installed; we’ll be able to pretty much just pull them straight off the wall without leaving any visible damage to the shiplap. Also, sometimes my natural hair surprises me in certain light.
Of course, what I’m sure you’re waiting for, is how those finished pieces look in the bedroom. Do they help to anchor the bed along the wall beneath the window? Do they add some additional visual depth and interest in the room? Yes, yes.
Perhaps they’re a little darker than the already-installed shiplap, but then again, the shiplap was stained numerous times with dark walnut and jacobean shades before it was perfect to me (it was before I discovered Kona). I think they pop off it perfectly and add a great finishing touch to the bed as it sits beneath the window.