This hack requires a very inexpensive twin Fjellse Ikea bed frame, paint, and free branches from the great outdoors.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
1. Twin Fjellse Bed Frame
2. Branches- around 5/8 inch - 1 inch thick
3. Latex Paint- in various colors of your choosing. Satin finish or higher gloss finishes work well for furniture.
4. Bare Wood Primer
5. Clear Coat Spray Paint
6. Sandpaper- coarse
7. Tack Cloth
8. Wood Glue
9. Aluminum Foil
10. A scrap of fabric, decorative rope, or beads
1. Paint Brushes- I used a synthetic 1 inch, 1.5 inch, and 2 inch brush. I also used a very small brush for touch ups.
4. Glue Gun
Step 2: Prime and Paint Bed Frame Parts
Start by painting the individual pieces of the Fjellse. Synthetic brushes are best for water based paints like latex paint. You won't need to paint the three headboard spindles that the Fjellse comes with. We're not going to use those. You also won't need to paint the inner facing sides of the bed frame, as shown in the last picture, because those will be covered by the mattress.
1. Use a tack cloth to remove any particles from the bed frame pieces before each coat.
2. Apply one coat of bare wood primer, brushing with the grain of the wood. Let dry.
3. Apply your latex paint, brushing with the grain. Let dry.
4. Apply a second coat of paint if desired.
Step 3: Construct the Headboard
Following your Ikea directions, construct just the headboard of the bed frame, leaving out the three center spindles. Another adjustment you'll need to make is to flip the top horizontal piece so that the groove and holes are facing upward. Do the same for the bottom piece, flipping it so that the holes are facing downward. These holes are used for attaching the spindles, which we are not using. Turning the holes away from the center will prevent them from getting in the way of gluing the branches to the headboard.
Here is the link to the Ikea instructions for the Fjellse: Fjellse PDF