How to Decorate a Metal Bed Headboard with Glass

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  • 3 hours
  • Beginner
  • 100-200
What You'll Need
Glass pieces
Metal bed headboard

If you have an old metal bed headboard which is looking a little past its prime, then you may decide that a good way to improve it is to cover your metal bed headboard with glass. You have a number of options when it comes to the type of glass which you use to decorate the board. You can choose glass beads, which can be bought in different sizes and worked into a pattern, mirrors and reflective glass which can be fitted at the ends, and small pieces of shaped glass which can also be placed in a decorative pattern.

Once you have your glass, you should be able to fit it onto the metal bed headboard without too much effort. Designers are paid for this kind of work, but getting this job done doesn’t need the assistance of a professional if you have some basic home improvement skills. All you have to do is follow a few simple guidelines to get the job done quickly and easily.

Step 1 - Refinish the Headboard

The first step is to refinish the headboard. Do this by stripping off the old varnish, and applying a fresh layer. This will keep the metal behind your glass looking new and attractive. Don't make the mistake of leaving your metal headboard looking tatty, and thinking a few pieces of glass on the top are going to make it look wonderful, it will probably just make it look as though you broke a mirror over your old headboard and couldn't be bothered to clear it away.

Step 2 - Put On the Glue

Next you will have to add a layer of glue to the metal board. This doesn't have to be only where the glass pieces are. Some glues can just be put onto the metal, and allowed to dry in lumps and patterns—it adds a rustic charm to your bed. Allow the glue to partially dry, as it will have to have some grip in order to keep hold of the glass.

Step 3 - Add the Glass

Once that is done, you will have to put the glass on fairly rapidly, before it dries out. You can make your glass into shapes, rather like creating a necklace for the front of your board, or you can just place it down in a random pattern. Take care not to get too much glue on the front of the glass, and wipe it away quickly if any does land there.

Step 4 - Finish

Before you finish the project you will have to make sure that the glue is completely dry. You can now move your headboard back to where it should be, and place it into position. You can also add a second layer of varnish over the top of the glass, although this may detract from the shine.