DIY Caroline Headboard

Alter the look of your bedroom by following these simple instructions to make your own Caroline headboard.

May 2018
By Amy Howard
Photos by Quentin Bacon

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In Rescue, Restore, Redecorate: Amy Howard's Guide to Refinishing Furniture and Accessories (Abrams, 2018), Amy Howard brings beauty back into the furniture abandoned by others. She brings her artistic vision to every piece, and helps guide her readers to do the same. Not only does Howard offer her favorite refurbishing tips and tricks, she also shows readers how to get the best deal at flea markets. The following excerpt is the directions to her Caroline headboard project in Chapter 10, "Transfers."

That spot at the head of your bed is crying out for something beautiful, but the months are slipping by without a solution. Maybe all the headboards you've considered seem too bulky or too expensive or you're just not sure which direction to take. Here's a simple remedy that allows you to tailor the look to what's already in your bedroom, or maybe even to inspire a fresh decor scheme if you haven't achieved your ideal bedroom style. Here I was going for a playful bohemian look that mixes pattern on pattern with the pillows, but because you are découpaging the planks with the image of your choice, the options are infinite — French Provençal, midcentury modern, art deco, animal print, you name it. The découpage glue needs ample time to dry, so give yourself several hours for this project, or preferably overnight.

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