Affordable DIY Reclaimed Wood Headboard Tutorial

diy-reclaimed-wood-headboard-tutorial-4I have always enjoyed creating and building beautiful pieces of furniture for my home over the years.  I built this headboard for my daughter’s bed and loved the way it turned out.  This affordable DIY reclaimed wood headboard tutorial is simple enough for anyone to do!  It literally took 30 minutes to throw together.

When doing a wood project from home it’s important to know you don’t need large cutting tools like table saws or chop/miter saws.  Home improvement stores are able to cut the wood for your project on site, you’ll just need to provide them with the measurements.  That way, all you have to do is nail/screw it together.  This project costs about $50 for a queen size headboard 62″ wide X 43″ high.  The finished product with legs attached is 52″ high.  If you have a King size bed, you’ll have to measure and make an adjustment on the length of the 1 x 8’s so that they will span all the way across your bed.  Super easy!

What you’ll need for a Queen size headboard:

  • (6) 1″x 8″x 62″ pine boards – for the face of the headboard.  Make sure the wood is not warped, otherwise the boards will not be flush to one another. Distressed and/or banged up is totally welcomed and gives character!
  • (2) 1″ x 6″ x 52″ pine boards – for the legs
  • Sandpaper
  • Nails & Hammer
  • Large foam brush
  • Dark Walnut Stain
  • Lint Free Cloth/Rag
  • CIL Paint in “Stratosphere”  (sample size)
  • Behr interior flat enamel paint (sample size)

Affordable DIY Reclaimed Wood Headboard Tutorial, Dark Walnut Stain

Affordable DIY Reclaimed Wood Headboard TutorialLay the six 1 x 8’s next to each other (face down – if you have a preference to which side is the front and back) to create the face of the headboard.  Measure 10 inches in from each side and nail the 1 x 6 legs perpendicular to the back of the 1 x 8’s.

Once secure, flip the headboard over and sand the 1×8’s til desired smoothness.  Affordable DIY Reclaimed Wood Headboard Tutorial, CIL StratosphereAffordable DIY Reclaimed Wood Headboard Tutorial, Behr Flat EnamelThen, paint the dark walnut stain on the 1 x 8’s (including the edges) using a foam brush.  Wipe the stain off before it dries with a lint free cloth.  Let dry for 5 minutes. Mix equal parts of the CIL Stratosphere paint with the Behr Interior Flat Enamel paint (about 1/2 cup each).  Water down the paint mixture, 4 parts water to 1 part paint.  So if you ended up with 1 cup of mixed paint, add it to 4 cups of water and mix well.

Affordable DIY Reclaimed Wood Headboard TutorialUsing the same rag you used earlier for the stain, dip it into the watered down latex paint and rub it on the headboard, in the direction of the grain.  Always go with the grain!  Back and forth until you reach the your desired “reclaimed wood” look.

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Affordable DIY Reclaimed Wood Headboard Tutorial Once dry, slide it behind your bed and ta-da!  All finished!  We hope you enjoy building your new headboard as much as we did!

I think it’s safe to say the Thanksgiving countdown is on!  Have you decided how you will be setting up your tablescape yet?  Check out these beauties for some inspiration!

xo, Tammy & Lora

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