Princess Headboard

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Project by J. Curtis Goforth posted 02-04-2011 05:19 PM 31277 views 10 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter is four years old and she loves ANYTHING princess. So, I made her this princess castle-themed headboard for her new big girl bed. It is made from 3/4 maple plywood that was painted. My wife made the flags and helped me paint it. It is my own design. I was able to make it from only half a sheet of 4×8 plywood.

I thought it would be really cool to put some lights behind it to light up the windows from behind. I used three lights that are typically used as lighting that is placed under the cabinets in a kitchen to illuminate the countertops, and I added one of those touch controlled three-way dimmer switches to it.

I only have about $60 total cost in this project, so overall, I’m very happy with it. Plus, I have half a sheet of maple plywood left over to build an outfeed table for my new table saw. This was also the first project that I got to use my new Porter Cable table saw on….and it was absolutely awesome! I had a piece of crap Ryobi thing that I bought when I first got into woodworking. That thing was a total waste of $200. This new Porter Cable saw cut through the maple plywood like it was butter with almost no tear out. And, it was so quiet and smooth. Now it’s on to building a new vanity for my parent’s bathroom that they are remodeling. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 02-04-2011 11:30 PM

Very cool and cute! Awesome job – I’m sure she loves it. Great design, especially the addition of back lighting. Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#2 posted 02-05-2011 04:12 AM

I have a 3 year old and my wife bought that “built to grow” furniture that changes from a crib to a bed and etc. BUT NOW, I’m thinking if I can get my wife out of my hair for a night or two I could TOTALLY do something similar to your concept and my daughter would freak out. I’d need to do a double or queen though so the material would increase, I could handle that. Great job with the lights!!!! Such a creative touch! I am completely inspired and impressed by your results!

-- Tommy, ---- It's Never Crowded On the Extra Mile.

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#3 posted 07-01-2012 01:13 PM

A picture perfect design of mystery and storybook romance. The lighting takes it over the top with a great paint job too. Nice photography.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#4 posted 07-10-2016 02:13 PM

how can i get the measurements for the princess headboard? it wont pop up.

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#5 posted 07-10-2016 03:59 PM

very neat ….also looks great in the dark …....GREAT JOB

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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