Sunday, October 28, 2012

Mantel Decor Made from Wooden Bed Slats

When we took apart a twin size IKEA bed to get rid of it, I saved the wooden bed slats that go under the mattress.  I had an idea for them that I finally accomplished this past weekend.

I pulled the ribbon off the slats that joined them together.  I thought it was going to take a lot of prying with tools, but actually I just had to pull on the ribbon and the majority of the stalples came out (well flew out) and I took the rest out with pliers.

Then I checked the front side of each of the boards so I could place the holes and knots where I wanted them to be. 

I then glued and nailed and screwed some boards on the back to hold the slats in place.  This was a true do-it-myself project - thus the random assortment of boards and nails and screws.  I know, I know, a fine furniture maker I am not.

I then turned the raft of slats over and painted them white.  Not so hard, eh?

I know some people would have left it as wood and others would have distressed the boards once they had been painted - all of which are nice options, but I wanted a simple white backdrop for some mantel displays so I painted it a few coats of white paint.

Then the decorating began!

I used some braided jute twine hung across the boards as the base of my display.  The jute twine was already braided as youngest son had made a DIY boho guitar strap from it.  After almost a year of use he decided that a real strap would be more comfortable so the braided twine was returned to the string basket.  I attached it to the back of the boards with nails.

I then hung some painted faux acorns (from Pier One, I think?) with invisible thread and used a fancy paperclip to hang a painting of a sunflower that I made in art class. I also made a faux oak leaf out of some corrugated cardboard material.  

I decorated the rest of the mantel with two tin IKEA lanterns, a branch from our Amur Maple tree in a sap bucket, some faux bois vases (this mantel isn't anything, if it isn't faux),  

and some sheets of birch bark.  

Hard to imagine those boards were under an IKEA bed for years and years.

Stay tuned for the exciting adventure of how the bed slats-cum-mantel boards get dressed for Christmas.
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Power of Paint Party at Domestically Speaking,
Home Decor and Organizing Link Party at Organize and Decorate Everything,
Favourite Fall Projects at The Inspired Room


  1. What a gorgeous, serene autumn mantel you've created, Grace--I love it! So nice to hear from you over at my blog. We did have a good potato harvest this year, and those potatoes were so unique I wanted to show the differences among them all!

  2. What an inspired idea, and great that it can be adapted with the seasons. I was already thinking 'Christmas' when you were showing the assembly stage! The mantle looks great.

  3. Too funny! We just took apart Kennedy's ikea bed this weekend to put on a new mattress and I looked at the boards for a long time wondering what I should do with them. Ikea really is just an endless source of inspiration, isn't it?

  4. That is just fantastic! I love Ikea! Great repurpose and the mantel decor is so elegant. Thank you for sharing. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  5. Stunning! Im SOOOOOOOOOO in love with the Simplicity youve evoked here! This is beautiful,great job!

  6. I love it! It's so simple, so pretty....
    You should be proud of yourself!

    hugs ~ Crystelle

  7. looks fabulous and i can see it being able to be dressed in so many ways!

  8. Looks great and really easy even for the lesser able ones of us... hahah

    I can see it having many dressing options! Unlimited almost.

  9. Wonderful project. I love the birch bark, painting, everything really. Great job!
    Penny x

  10. I think you've just given me a great idea for repurposing our baby cot (I wouldn't even need to paint it white!) as soon as our youngest is finished with it :). Dropping by from POTMC :)

  11. What a great idea and perfect spot to layer onto your mantel- wanted you to know I featured this on my Saturday favorites! Have a great weekend- Claire

  12. that is just beautiful! i love the rustic simplicity and the natural vibe!

  13. So impressive, Grace, not to mention thrifty! Bravo. Thanks so much for linking up with the POTMC. J x