You've seen flashing installed on a home's exterior, but you'd never expect to see it indoors, let alone in the bedroom. But this modern woven headboard made with white vinyl flashing stands out against an accent color wall. (of course, you can customize your colors).
On a single sheet of plywood, the headboard is lightweight and easy to handle. Check out how to make it in our simple steps below.
What You Need
- White vinyl flashing 10" x 50'
- Painters tape
- 1/2"x4'x8' MDF (cut to desired headboard size)
- Staple gun
- 1x3x6 pine board (for French cleat)
- Roller and tray or brushes
- Utility knife
- Screws to attach cleat
- Straight edge
- Wood glue
Step 1: Lay Horizontal Strips
Lay out the horizontal vinyl flashing strips using 1-inch blue painters tape to make spacing easy. Make sure strips lay flat with no buckles. Bend one edge around the MDF, alternating sides you are wrapping it around. For all but the bottom piece, secure with a staple near the bent edge.
If needed, use a hammer to drive staples in all the way so they're flush with the surface. This will prevent the staples from making marks on the layer of flashing that will be woven over it later.
Editor's Tip: To add an exepected pop of color, paint your MDF board after you cut it to size. Let dry completely before attaching and weaving the flashing.
Step 2: Secure Ends
Bend all the loose edges to back side of the MDF. Pull flashing tightly, allowing at least 3 inches excess material to bend over the back. Staple to secure.
Step 3: Weave
Lay out the vertical strips using 1-inch painters tape placed near the top and bottom to help with spacing.
Remove the vertical vinyl strips but leave the tape to use as a guide for replacing them. Starting on one edge, weave a strip of flashing through the horizontal strips, covering the staples. Fit the leading end around the MDF. While holding it in place, bend the opposite end to fit around the MDF and secure both ends on the back side with staples. Place staples in the horizontal strips where they will be covered by the next piece of vertical flashing.
Continuing the process of weaving and stapling.
Step 4: Finish and Hang
Weave the bottom horizontal piece of flashing and staple it in place on the back side. Make a cleat with the 1" x 3" x 6' pine board. To make it, use a jigsaw to slice a 45 degree cut through the middle of your board. One half will be attached to the wall with the cut facing up. The other will attach to the headbaord with the cut facing down. When you hang the headboard, the two pieces of wood will slide together smoothly and support the weight properly.
Glue and screw the cleat to the backside of the headboard being careful not to run the screws through the front side of the headboard. Add an additional cleat near the bottom of the headboard to hold it away from the wall when hung.