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Mantel Headboard or Rustic Plank Headboard

I'm still working on our basement guest bedroom and spent some time today looking for headboard inspiration. I'm having trouble deciding between a mantel headboard and a rustic plank headboard.


We had this headboard, below, in the guest bedroom, but I decided to use it in our youngest son's room (also a double/full bed.)


I'm sharing these inspiration photos because I like having them in one spot while I decide, and because my before photos are not very pretty at all :)


image: Southern Living

image: {aka}design via Pinterest


One idea I am considering is using this oak mantel shelf that we used to have in our living room a few years ago, below, and then building up the sides and back. I'm not sure whether I would do the upholstered center or something different. I picked up the mantel shelf a few years ago from a yard sale for $5 and then painted it.


But then I see rustic plank headboards and want one of those too. We have four of these 12 inch wide rough cut boards from my fil that I think would look really cool as a headboard. We would sand them a bit and then stain. 

 

The rustic plank headboard is probably more my style and would look good against the freshly painted white walls. I need to decide soon because my boys are itching to help. Are you working on any projects right now?

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Elizabeth & Co.'s Be Inspired Link Party # 2

14 comments:

  1. Elizabeth they are all fabulous but I am in love with that first one!!

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  2. Wow - tough decision. I like them all! Good luck with whatever you do.

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  3. How about planks underneath the mantle shelf, then you have both. (I'd put them vertically under)

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  4. That is a tough choice and I was going to say the same thing Julie said, why not use both?! I can't wait to see what you end up doing.

    Kat :)

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  5. Here's my two cents worth. I am not a fan of mantle headboards, thinking they look awkwardly re-purposed. To me they don't look like a headboard, but rather you put the bed against the fireplace. If I had a nice mantle it would serve a better purpose elsewhere in the room.

    I think the rustic boards would be nicer. Also I would build a frame with mitred corners around it. Often they look unfinished like 4 boards nailed to the wall. A frame would nicely finish it. Or since you are 4H'ers, You could trim it with a piece of thick rope.

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  6. Either way, I can't wait to see what you come up with! Love the planks!
    Debbie

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  7. They both have their appeal! I think it's harder to have a mantel headboard that looks just right, while I haven't really seen a plank headboard that I didn't like ;-)

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  8. Love the rustic planks. I might have to steal that idea myself!

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  9. I LOVE the first image, but all of them are very nice. I guess it depends on what look you want in there, the mantel shelf would be more elegant and the plank is more rough, maybe farmhouse, which is very nice in it's own way. I like the idea of putting a frame around vertical planks. I'm sure whatever you do will look great, though.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  10. I think the headboard you have would look great with some white paint distressed.

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  11. i'm love the fireplace idea--just did this in my master last month, and couldn't be happier with it:) that said, the rustic look is awesome!

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  12. All wonderful pictures. Several are in my inspiration file as well. You have a wonderful headboard that will be fabulous!! Cant wait to see it all finished!

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  13. Love all your inspiration photos! Can't wait to see how you put your special touch on it! Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Just found ur blog and as a new member imma put my 2 cents worth in, lol........I personally love the mantel style headboard, the first one is simply beautiful.......Bonnie

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