Our next Headboard Week guest has an amazing bed + headboard to share with you! Using reclaimed wood gives so much automatic character — and old fence posts never looked so good (and I would know!) Here’s Suzie… please don’t drool too much over her gorgeous bed 😉
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Reclaimed Wood Headboard Tutorial
by Suzie of The Accent Piece
Recently, my husband and I needed a new headboard. We changed the style of our room and our old headboard stuck out like a sore thumb. Luckily, at about the same time, some friends of ours tore up an old deck in their backyard. When they called to offer us the wood, we did a happy dance around the house, then rushed over there to snag the loot as fast as we could (all the while trying our best to keep it cool in front of them).
We came home with this beautiful pile of potential!
With this bed as our inspiration, we began piecing the wood together for the headboard.
After the boards were laid out we folded a large sheet of paper in half, then drew one half of the headboard design on it.
Then we unfolded it and taped it to the boards. Using that as a template, we were able to trace the design on to the boards.
Using our jigsaw, we cut the boards one by one…
…until we were finished!
We trimmed the bottom of the boards with our miter saw to be the same height, leaving the outer two longer so that it can stand on those legs.
We used scrap pieces on the back to join the boards together.
The cutting and assembly actually went really quickly. After about two hours, the headboard was built!
The frame was a simple box with legs. We used two 1×2’s that ran the length of the frame and was an inch from the top to support the slats. In addition, we added a 2×4 going down the middle. The slats were made of 10 1×4’s. This was the only part that we had to buy and it came out to about $25!
We didn’t bother staining the slats because they won’t be seen.
For the legs, I drew the shape I wanted on a 1×10 and mitered one edge of each piece so they fit flush on the corners.
And…here she is!
I love love love it. And you know what else I love? That besides the $25 we had to spend on the slats….it was free! Whoop!
Like I mentioned before, this was actually a fairly simple build – it took us about 4 hours total to build it.
I love how it goes with the sliding barn door we built as well.
I’d say we’re pretty happy with it…now if we can only get Wiley to share it with us!
Thanks so much for visiting us today, Suzie!
And don’t forget to check out all the headboard week posts so far — and check back later today for another headboard tutorial!