Sunday, June 12, 2011

DIY Wood Headboard Tutorial

Along with my obsessions of grays and yellows lately has been the rustic appeal of wood.  Ideally I would have made this headboard out of pallet wood... but I had a miserably failed first attempt at taking apart my pallet.  So in a hissy fit tantrum off to Lowe's I went.  However, in the end, I think choosing brand new wood and making it look old and distressed was a better route for a piece of furniture so close to my head and sleeping space.



The goods:
4 pieces of 1x6x8' of pine wood (cut down to 7', courtesy of Lowe's handymen)
1 piece of 1x6x8' cut down to 20" pieces
1.5" wood screws (small bag)
palm sander with 140grit sandpaper {if you already haven't, invest in one of these!}
wood stain {I used Miniwax special walnut)
random distressing tools (see picture below)

The measurements:
I first started by measuring how high I wanted my headboard to go on the wall and then divided by 5.75" (the true measurement of a x6" piece of wood) letting me know how many boards high I'd need for the headboard (7).  Instead of making the headboard a solid make up of 7 boards high, I knew an upside down U shape would be just as efficient, cut down on costs, and especially, cut down on headache trying to cut around a phone jack and outlet.  Instead I just made the top 4 boards the full 7' in length, and then the remaining 3 boards on each side I cheated and used cut pieces of the wood.
This picture is a clear layout of what the headboard looks like, with the bed pulled away...

Ideally I would have liked the last piece to be lined up and be 20" with the other, but that would have meant buying another board to get the full 20" for both sides.  Instead, I just used one of the 12" pieces left over from cutting it from 8' to 7'.  

I just want to add this imagery for your entertainment:
  Envision me trying to gather four 7' pine boards together while attempting to control my ball of energy 2 year old that is REFUSING to hold my hand or stay near me and make it through the store, checkout and to my car.  Apparently, all the Lowe's sales people preferred to watch me struggle, blow steam from my ears, and scream at a screaming kid while pushing over sized wood through the store, rather than help me.  Ahhhh, being a mother.

The Steps:

First, I sanded down the edges of all the boards using my palm sander.

Then, laying each board where I want them to be once installed, I began the fun part... distressing.
Here's what I used to start "aging" the wood:

A file, hammer, bag of nails, screwdriver

Pretty  much, you can't go wrong during this step. Literally just start banging, jabbing, filing, nailing away.  You can't over do it either, just think of real distressed wood, does it hold back? No!
Here are some before and after shots of what I did, and how it looks after being stained:
{Hint: After you sand and distress use a tack cloth or any other rag and wipe down your boards, make sure they are clean right before you stain!}



{didn't take a specific after shot of the filing, but trust me, it looks awesome}
After some screw driver smashing and with stain:
Again, let me repeat myself.  Don't hold back. Bang, whack, smack, file, nail, chain away {yes even slam chains against it}.  The more character, the better, and stain just makes it all look awesome afterwards.

Now at this point, take a quick break and peek in on your kid,
you may be as lucky as I am and see this:
Rough Life.
I did about two coats of the stain to achieve the darkness I desired. 
Play around and see what you like best.

Next, I brought the boards inside and found where studs were located on each side towards the ends of the boards.  I could have used anchors and screwed directly into any spot on the wall, but I really didn't mind the screws showing and directly into studs just made it so, so much easier. 
I started at the bottom with the 12" piece.  Stacked the two 20" pieces on top with small gaps in between each piece.  I did both sides so my first 7' piece would be able to rest on the lower piece while I screwed each side in, again leaving a small gap in between each piece.
  I Jackson checked each piece with a level to be sure I wouldn't end up with a wonky headboard.  Pretty dang easy at this point, just stack, level, screw, smile, stack, level, screw, smile.  Repeat until headboard is finished!



Overall, a very easy project to do (completed in one afternoon) and I am IN LOVE with the results!
Let me know if you build your own headboard! Would love to hear about it...



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43 comments :

  1. Looks awesome! Such a great idea! It would also look cool all the way up to the ceiling with a piece of art or something interesting hung above the bed.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Michelle @The236

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  2. Hey Pamela another great job. Your projects and guidance gives many of us ideas that we may not of thought about. You also make it feel that we could do that. You make it sound fun and look forward to all the future blogs.

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  3. That is absolutely gorgeous! I love it- great tutorial!! I TOTALLY want to turn new-into-old now :)

    PS: Lovin the colors of your space! So pretty!
    xo

    PPS: Thanks for linkin up!
    ;)Kristi @ Lolly Jane

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  4. What a wonderful aesthetic you have! Very earthy and warm, and inviting in a not-too-feminine way. I, too, am in love with the grain of wood and think this is a very clever way to create a headboard. Thanks for the tutorial!

    Warmly,
    Stephanie from Deviantly Domesticated

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  5. Seriously it looks amazing! I'm dying to have a head board in our room! We have a tiny master room, giant UGLY furniture (that my hubby is married too) and it's like a messy teens room!

    I'm seriously so loving yellow, gray and wood! I'm going to incorporate it in the nursery with some pink. Our room is going to be one of the last rooms we touch!

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  6. Great tutorial! Thanks for sharing. I hope to try this soon. I'll link back when I do.

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  7. I love this! Even more, I love that you "cheated" and didn't put the full boards at the bottom! What a great way to save money!!

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  8. @Stephanie Hillberry

    Thank you for not only coming by and reading it, but commenting!
    I also try {TRY} to keep the feminine to a minimum so my husband doesn't return to a frilled out-fantastic room and collapse from unmanly-hood. Hope my love of wood helps with that ;)
    I think he was already feeling it when he specifically requested a "manly" nightstand.

    ;)
    Thanks again
    Pamela

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  9. Wow Pamela this looks amazing! I just got a free headboard and now you make me want to make my own but I'm sure my husband won't go for it, we have enough projects to tackle already! I'm loving the colors in your room!! :)

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  10. I love that woody texture, especially next to those gorgeous curtains! Beautiful project!

    Found you from the A to Z linky party. :)

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  11. oh I love, love, love! I so want to make this, and I'm so glad that you made the tutorial so easy :)
    Amy @ www.themombot.com

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  12. What a great idea & tutorial! It turned out beautifully and goes great in the room. Thanks for the blog visit.

    Regarding your ?, I've never used any other wood filler. I just bought that one because it was way cheap. Sorry I don't have any more info. on it :)

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  13. Super Cute blog!! :) I am your newest follower! I will definitely be keeping an eye on your blog to learn new things!! If you would like to take a look at my blog that would be wonderful and follow me back! For-The-Luv-Of.blogspot.com Look out for some giveaways also like mineral make-up. I am new to this but excited to share ideas on yummy food!
    Thanks,
    Brooke

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  14. That looks so good and would really make a statement if you carry it higher. Thanks for joining WUW.

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  15. Wonderful job, your headboard looks great! Thanks for all of the tips too. :) ~Janet

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  16. THanks for the tutorial. Looks amazing. As does everything else in the room!

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  17. How clever to not waste money and lumber by using full boards on the bottom! I'm still amazed, I don't normally think of such common sense tips.

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  18. Great project. I featured it on my blog tonight.

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  19. Looks GREAT...love everything about your space :) Laurel

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  20. This looks great! I really love the curtains too. Are those the painted curtains you did? I'd love to add this to the inspiration galleries on my site and include you in a feature post. Let me know if you're interested!

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  21. I love this!!! I am totally loving your style!! Great headboard and really good tutorial. I am going to have to try this soon!

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  22. Love it! I'm off to convince my husband now.

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  23. LOVE the headboard!!! So easy, so fun, and so warm against the grey walls! Nicely done!

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  24. That looks great. I think I will bookmark this post so that I can come look at the adorable kid picture when I need a pick me up!

    Saved By Love Creations

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  25. Love, Love, Love it! Will be making one like it this weekend for our room as well as our 2 year olds room :) I love that your little one looks so sweet and innocent after hearing about your lowes experience lol :) gotta love how they can be stinkers and pull it off by being cute when it's all said and done lol BTW, Did you notice the "bird" in the pic with the little one on the couch? Totally cracked me up! ;)

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    1. THANK YOU! hahahaha I can't believe no one else ever commented on his little "Bird" because I laughed about that when I wrote the post :) hehehe

      Would love to know how yours turn out!
      Pamela

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  26. Thank you for the great idea... I made one too!! Finished it a few months ago and it looks awesome: http://pinterest.com/pin/233061349436476347/
    I still have a lot to do, but thank you for this budget-friendly inspiration!!
    Andrea

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    1. LOVE IT Andrea!!! I would love to do a little feature spot on my blog of your project if you're interested?

      You've done so many great projects around your home too! :)

      Pamela

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    2. That's so flattering, thank you! I would love that :)
      I still have so many things I would like to do. All with time, right?!
      Andrea

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    3. You can find my email address in my contact me page if you'd send me an email I'd love to have you send some pics & I'll do a little feature :)

      I'm thinking of starting a new weekly post about featuring readers that don't have a blog to showcase their own projects and it'd be great to include yours!

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  27. I'm pretty excited I found this! I've been oogling over this West Elm bed frame http://www.westelm.com/products/stria-bed-set-g287/?pkey=cmodern-bed-frames Absolutely beautiful isn't it? Well i don't have $1000 ha. So thanks for the DIY!
    -Haley

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  28. I'm pretty excited I found this! I've been oogling over this West Elm bed frame http://www.westelm.com/products/stria-bed-set-g287/?pkey=cmodern-bed-frames Absolutely beautiful isn't it? Well i don't have $1000 ha. So thanks for the DIY!
    -Haley

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  29. Love the fabric your window treatments are made of! Where did you find it?
    -Beth

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    1. Thanks so much! I actually made them you can see the tutorial here http://www.pbjstories.com/2011/05/diy-painted-curtains-tutorial.html !

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  30. I too would love to know where your curtains are from!

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    1. Thanks so much! I actually made them you can see the tutorial here http://www.pbjstories.com/2011/05/diy-painted-curtains-tutorial.html !

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  31. what size bed do you have? im thinking of trying this out but I have a queen!

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  32. I LOVE THIS. I am going to do it. Soon. However, I'm not too keen on attaching it to the wall since our home will be a rental in the next couple years. Any ideas on how to build it so that it's not permanent? Thanks!

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  35. I just stumbled upon your blog through Pinterest and I love this idea! I'm in the process of making a similar wood headboard from my son's room and yours look fantastic! I also LOVE the colors you used! Great job :)

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