Wooden Headboard DIY
Need a little stress-relieving wood-distressing weekend DIY? You've come to the right place (at least for today). Mine is definitely NOT a DIY blog, but a couple of friends have specifically asked for these instructions, so here's the step-by-step on how I made twin headboards for my daughter and her roommate this year. I started with 8-foot planks of 1-inch "common board" from Home Depot in various widths (4, 6 and 8 inch), and had them cut to 42 inches in length at the store. (Keep the scraps - they come in handy for all sorts of things at home, including testing your stain color.)
Since the end goal was the weathered look of "barnwood," I had to beat the you-know-what out of this pretty pine (very cathartic). I started by shaving the sharp edges off with an old-fashioned handheld planer. I then used a crowbar, hammer, saw and garden rock to create divots, scrapes and all manner of haphazard "distress." When applying the stain, I made the happy mistake of brushing it on a little heavy in a few places. Shuffling the boards around caused drip marks that I ended up loving. I also discovered that the little 8 ounce container was not enough to cover all of the planks (so I did the DIY shuffle, quickly purchasing another). Bonus mistake: insufficiently stirring the first can, causing some boards to turn out far more opaque than others. The best thing about distressing wood is that every mishap works in your favor. #lifegoals Once the stain dried, I polished the boards with an electric sander (especially the rough ends) and wiped them down with cheesecloth before applying the antiquing wax. This Waverly product is awesome (purchased at Walmart) - applied with cut-up old white t-shirts. Just dab it on and rub in randomly. I shuffled the opaque planks (and board widths) randomly as well and then fastened 1x2 boards on the back. Voila! Finally all strapped in place, the headboards are ready for the finish coat of clear antique wax. Also applied with white rags - buff when dry. My daughter plans on painting a phrase on the boards at some point. I chalked this one in for show. My plan is to mount the headboards on two by fours and simply hold them against the wall using the bed itself (no nail holes allowed in college, and I'm 100% certain command strips won't hold). Will add an addendum if that plan fails!
So there you have it, friends. From new to old in a flash. Happy distressing!
Oh, and here's an addendum - headboards installed on 6-foot tall 1x4s. They look a little dark in the photo, but are beautiful in their room!
Most, if not all, great DIY projects are inspired by others. Here's the inspirational headboard (found, where else, on Pinterest!) and a link to their website. They were fortunate enough to start with actual barn wood.
Those are awesome Laura! Great step by step and love the pictures!
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