Thursday, August 6, 2009

Making a headboard from a screen - with "mirrors"

Hooked on Houses is hosting her "Hooked on Fridays" blog party; I hope y'all will click here and have look. Today, I'm hooked my headboard project. I'm also participating in my third Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch!

We found a damaged screen at World Market in Atlanta and Gordon decided we should use it as a headboard. P.S. Keep your eye on this lamp from Flora Dora. It will become a one-of-a-kind sconce.

Here is the screen against the old paint. We tried fabric behind it and it looked great. Then Gordon suggested we try a mirror behind it and Wow. But real mirrors are heavy and expensive, particularly if cut to fit. How to do it?


By coincidence I happened to see a "Painted House" episode using "Mirrored foil." I started searching the Internet and finally found "Reflective mylar" which was readily available from our local hydroponics store. It was cheap. It's the stuff they make those shiny balloons from. It's like a giant roll of aluminum foil but it not so wrinkly.

At Home Depot I had them cut 1/4" oak plywood into six panels to back each section of the scroll work. I got some spray glue and a 99 cent squeegee and I was good to go.

Here are the backing panels and the roll of mylar:

I cut the mylar into sheets bigger than the panels and glued them on. It was very easy. The mylar is sturdy and not wrinkly like kitchen foil.

I trimmed the excess mylar with a utility knife.

I temporarily taped the panels into place to see how they looked.

The mirror foil adds a luminosity that changes as you walk around the room. This picture doesn't do it justice! It sparkles. If we get tired of it, we can always remove the panels or cover them with fabric.

I used a "cleat" to hang the headboard after many look-sees by Gordon for the right height:

Note: The cleat on the screen also keeps the screen flat. There is another 1x2 board on the bottom of the screen to keep the screen plumb with the wall.

Then we redid the room big time. We painted the wood floor and

Benjamin MooreReady mixed "White" enamel floor paint, glossy


Benjamin Moore OC-19 "Seapearl" Latex eggshell


Benjamin Moore Ready mixed "White" Latex semi-gloss


Sash - Benjamin Moore 2063-20 "Down Pour Blue" Latex semi-gloss

Here we are partway through. We picked out a rug that pulls everything together. It was soon appropriated by daughter #1 for her apartments. Easy come, easy go NOT.

The sash was very controversial but kicks ...
I painted the chair red, it's just about my favorite chair of all times.

Remember the lamp? Gordon said to hang it on the wall as a sconce.

Here goes, sorry about the card table.

In ancient mode:

I sure appreciate y'all coming by.

Thanks to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.

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  1. Great project, Terry - love the detail cut out, and the inventive solution to the mirror! Do you have Gordon on retainer? You are lucky that he is such a regular fixture at your house - your world it a bit more beautiful because of it.

  2. That is an extensive project and very creative!

  3. How clever of you to think of the mylar.
    You have certainly put a lot of work into this room.

    Have a great weekend.

    Becky K.
    Hospitality Lane

  4. Great post Terry! Love it.


    drop by my blog - great giveaway your wife might like.

  5. I love the ingenuity that went into your room with the screen headboard, the sconces, and that great red chair!

  6. Terry,
    What a great idea and I am glad you included instructions. This is the 1st time I heard of mylar sheets, but I will add it to my bag of tricks for future reference. Your headboard turned out wonderful, two thumbs up!

  7. Thanks. It is an unusual room and a surprise every time I pass it. I don't really notice the reflection from the mylar but my brain notices something about it. Of course my favorite thing is the self portrait collage of my child #1 with crescent moon. All the framed photos are hers as well. To family it's very personal.

  8. That mylar is some cool stuff, I'll have to track some down since I'm a big fan of mirrored projects. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Great transformation!I'll take 2 Gordons please!! Cleats are always a great solution.

    Your room looks oh so relaxing!!


  10. That came out so well, I've never thought of using mylar for much of anything but bake sale table skirts!

  11. GREAT idea to mirror it! Love the way it looks - plus you don't have to worry about the mirror breaking or being heavy!

  12. LOVE that headboard... looks GREAT!

  13. If my Dad had that beautiful rug laying around, I would try to take it for my apartment, too!

  14. Love the last pic in black/white.

    Thanks for passing along your project.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  15. Very creative! Love that screen, beautiful...

  16. What a great project! Very detailed instructions as well.

    Thanks for stopping by and for sharing the link to another "book defacer".


  17. I love it! I love that rug on the floor, too. Did it disappear?

  18. Terry, very cool! You are very creative!

  19. Great job ! Love the "scones" . The red chair pops and looks just right !

  20. I love that headboard. And what a fantastic idea to use mylar instead of mirror :-)

    The blue sash looks great. I love it when people do something out of the ordinary when they decorate :-)

    Yes, our neighbour's house really is the exact same colours as ours. They're totally different styles, but it bugs me that even the front door is the same colour. I may start painting ours tomorrow. I'm a bit worried about the colour I picked, but I won't panic officially till I've done a couple of coats ;-)


  21. This sxreen is so beautiful.


  22. Wow! That transformation is simply amazing! What a great idea to use that foil...actually we prefer it better than an actual mirror there - very nice indeed!

  23. Love the headboard and that red chair!

  24. Wow! Love the headboard! The rest of the room looks fabulous, too!


  25. the idea of a screen as a headboard! I used mylar while in art school and it is very cheap and easy to work with. Great idea on backing the screen and it looks gorgeous!

  26. Thank you for the wonderful idea. I have been looking for a way to incorporate mirrors into my three year old daughters room without the safety hazard - reflective mylar will be perfect.


  27. Great find with the screen and the idea for the mylar is perfect! Those sconces are fabulous, great post!!

  28. It's beautiful! Goodness, I wish I had that kind of talent!!!

    As for my photo, I took it in March of 2007, and it was warm if I remember correctly :)


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