DIY with DREMEL: Headboard make-over

Finally, I have a power tool of my own thanks to the lovely people from DREMEL! It was a very empowering experience that built my DIY self-confidence to an all-time high. Tools can be so intimidating but this little wonder is super easy to use and a pleasure to work with.

Armed with my DREMEL 4200 and plunge router attachment I took on this tired headboard and transformed it into a fun furniture piece complete with distressed finish and lettering.

My cat loves it and has since been taking her afternoon naps in the spare bedroom for guaranteed sweet dreams.

Let me take you through it step by step.


The story behind the story … so this headboard was my very first! I found it again while treasure hunting in my Dad’s garage and just fell in love with its shape. It was time for a bit of TLC to bring it back from the disco era.


I present the DREMEL 4200 multitool system. I love the EZ Change function that makes changing between bits easy as pie.


I measured the area I wanted my ‘sweet dreams’ in and drew the letters freehand for a more personal touch.



Using the handy plunge router attachment I got my letters to be the same depth. The DREMEL 4200 screws into the attachment with ease.



I gave the headboard a quick wipe down and then painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk paint in Paris Grey. It’s important to have two colours to get the desired effect. Luckily my headboard had a coat of white already so, therefore, I only needed a grey top coat.

Shop your chalk paint online here!



Using the circular sanding bit I sanded down the edges of the headboard to emphasize its beautiful shape. It exposes the wood and the white layer that gives it a lovely worn in look.



Because I love the grey and yellow colour combination I filled in the routered letters with yellow paint to give it a bit of a pop.


All done!

I added a chalkboard above the headboard to play with the vertical lines in the room and wrote in it in the same style font so that the two echo’s each other.


 EXTRA EXTRA! Gift idea

Saturday was my sisters birthday so I decided to make her a set of wooden placemats from reclaimed palette wood and personalized it with routering the names of everyone in her family on it. Happy birthday Lisa!


Now you can win the DREMEL 4200 by entering our competition!

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Happy styling,

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Comments · 2

  1. I am SO inspired!! Walking around the house and planning what words must go where… Even brought some lovely pieces of wood home for some wall decorations (they are revamping at work and throwing away the most beautiful old pieces of wood)

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