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1 Make sure you have enough planks so that when they are placed next to each other their com­bined width will be wide enough for your head­board. Some of our planks were pre-painted. Check that they are straight. Draw var­i­ous build­ing out­lines on paper, then trace each one with car­bon paper onto one end of each plank.

2 Us­ing the jig­saw, cut out the out­lines. For the win­dows, first drill a hole so that the jig­saw blade can go through and then cut out the open­ings. Sand the sawn edges neatly with coarse 60-grit sand­pa­per.

3 Us­ing the sponge roller, paint the planks with leftover paint in the colours of your choice. You need very lit­tle paint and you can also di­lute it to get a colour-wash ef­fect. Also, leave a few of the planks raw for an in­ter­est­ing vari­a­tion; sim­ply sand the wood slightly smoother with 80-grit sand­pa­per.

4 Screw 3 to 4 pine slats hor­i­zon­tally against the wall; this will form the base against which your sky­scraper planks will be mounted. Space the slats so that any ‘sky­scrapers’ con­sist­ing of more than one plank will have enough sup­port and sur­face area for mount­ing.

5 Mount the pal­let planks against the wooden slats with panel pins (or use a sta­ple gun). Al­ter­nate the dif­fer­ent colours and raw wood and com­bine the dif­fer­ent sil­hou­ettes side by side as de­sired. >>

Great idea! For added im­pact, hang a string of fairy lights along the top slat be­hind the head­board. The thick­ness of the wooden slats (20mm) against which the sil­hou­ette planks are mounted leaves just enough space for the lights.

Tip For the best re­sult, use a sponge roller.

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