Forever dream of faraway places with a painted ‘mountainscape’ canvas as your bedhead.
Gather your supplies:
• 42 x 19 x 2360mm dressed pine (3)
• 42 x 19 x 1660mm dressed pine (3)
• 42 x 18 x 2400mm vinyl-wrapped pine DAR in White (4)
• 2.5m x 183cm-wide 10oz acrylic primed canvas
• Blue and white acrylic paints
You’ll also need:
PVA; drill and bits; small screws; staple gun and staples; channel lock pliers or similar (optional); drop sheet; white chalk; paintbrush and tray;
mitre box; handsaw; suitably weight- rated picture-hanging kit (optional)
Notes: 1. You can have pine cut to length at your hardware or timber supply shop, usually for a small extra fee. Alternatively, measure, mark and cut pine to length with a saw. 2. Measurements here suit a queen size bed. Adjust material sizes to suit the size of your bed, if necessary.
With dressed pine standing on narrow edge, make a rectangle frame with 2 short lengths butted between 2 long lengths. Apply PVA, predrill and screw corners of frame together.
To support frame, put remaining long piece of pine in centre of frame. Keep wide face of pine flush with 1 edge of frame (this will be the front). Apply PVA, predrill and screw pine support to outer frame.
Put remaining short piece in centre of frame, crossing over long piece. Keep wide face flush with other edge of frame (this will be the back). Apply PVA, predrill and screw pine support to outer frame.
Lay canvas on clean work surface. Put frame on canvas, front face down. Wrap 1 long side of canvas over back of 1 long side of frame. Before stapling, check there is enough canvas to wrap around all frame sides. Adjust if necessary. Starting at middle of wrapped frame side, staple canvas to back of frame. Staple every 3–4cm, stopping about 6–8cm from corners of frame.
Pull canvas taut and repeat wrapping and stapling on other long side of canvas and frame (as done in Step 4). Tip You can use pliers to hold canvas taut.
Wrap 1 short side of canvas over back of frame. Starting at middle of wrapped frame side, staple canvas to frame. Staple every 3–4cm, stopping about 6–8cm from corners of frame.
Repeat Step 5 on other short side of canvas.
Fold canvas neatly at all 4 corners and staple to secure canvas to frame.
Stand canvassed frame on drop sheet against a wall. Using Bedhead template (left) as a guide, freehand draw 4 mountain outlines on canvas with chalk. Alternatively, mark up a 200mm grid on canvas with chalk, then draw each line as it appears in each square of Bedhead template.
Pour white paint into paint tray. Add a touch of blue and mix (this will be the lightest blue you use). Using paintbrush, paint section 1. Tip To achieve a drippy, watercolour effect, add a little water to paint and mix.
Mix a slightly deeper colour blue in paint tray. Paint section 2.
Repeat Step 11 to paint sections 3 and 4, making paint a slightly deeper blue each time. Paint section 5 with solid blue. Let dry.
To frame canvas, measure and mark vinyl-wrapped pine DAR pieces to suit (the wide face of pine DAR will be put against outside edge of canvas). Cut using mitre box and handsaw.
Bring 1 long length of frame into position. Predrill and screw from inside of canvas frame to attach outer frame. Take care not to screw all the way through pine DAR. Apply PVA at mitre joins and attach both short lengths to canvassed frame.
Apply PVA on remaining exposed mitre joins and attach remaining long length of frame.
Rest finished bedhead against wall and push bed against it to keep in place. Alternatively, attach a picture-hanging kit to back of canvas and hang bedhead on wall.