Mirrored furniture is undeniably glamorous, and mirrored headboards are no exception. Authentic mirrored Art Deco beds are hard to find, and they're quite costly if you do find one. Before you rush out to buy a reproduction that costs almost as much as an antique, consider some DIY projects that give you the same glamorous feel for far less.
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Hang a Large Mirror
One of the simplest ways you can get the look of a mirrored headboard is by hanging an framed mirror behind your bed. Go sleek and modern or ornate and gilded, whichever best suits the style of your room. Choose one that's close to the width of your bed in size and hang it securely.
Mirror an Existing Headboard
Search thrift stores for a used headboard with inset panels or a wide flat expanse. Have a glass company cut mirrors to fit the expanse or the insets and attach them with adhesive. Before you attach the mirrors, you might want to paint the headboard. Wood is lovely in general, but a painted finish suits the mirrored look better. Go with glossy black or white, or faux finish in metallic gold or silver. It'll be hard to take the headboard back to its original state, so don't try this on a valuable antique or a piece with sentimental value.
Mount square or diamond-shaped mirrored tiles on the wall behind your bed. Use the peel and stick kind or mount them the traditional way with glass rosettes. For a retro touch, try mirrors with silver or gold veining. Hang the tiles close together, with all the sides touching. Frame the outside edges with stock moulding from the hardware store. If you're renting, or if you tend to move the furniture about, you might want to mount the whole assembly to a portable piece of plywood, instead of directly on the wall.
Fretwork Frame over a Mirrored Panel
Construct a simple rectangular headboard out of plywood, using 1-by4s for the legs. Affix a mirrored panel to the plywood. A glass company can cut the mirror to size for you. Next, apply decorative fretwork to the surface of the mirror. Depending on the look you want, apply the fretwork to the entire mirrored expanse, or just in the corners. If you don't find a stock fretwork pattern you like, use a jigsaw to cut a special shape. Designs based on Eastern architecture look lovely, as do mid-century geometric patterns. Trim the edges of your headboard with stock moulding and paint the trim and fretwork to match.
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