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DIY Headboard

When Eric and I were married, I was in my early twenties and he was twenty-five.  We didn’t have much (if any) furniture between us.  Many people blessed us by giving us needed pieces that they no longer desired.

I had no idea what my “style” for home decorating was at the time so I didn’t mind not buying new.  As the years have passed, I’ve discovered what I love best when it comes to adding “a woman’s touch.” I LOVE vintage/shabby chic.  I’m surprised that it took me so long to find my niche.  After all, I’m a girl who grew up reading books like “Little Women” and whose favorite movies star people like Cary Grant.

We’ve slowly started replacing furniture and added those little touches that help make a house a home.  Our bedroom is where I have done the least.  Seriously, the only real effort we’ve put into making it “our” room, is adding a lock to the door to keep out three rowdy boys when needed! Priorities.  HA!

I’ve been wanting to make it more of a nice haven for us to rest and reconnect at the end of the day.  For starters, I wanted to replace the headboard.  It was made of pressed wood, was starting to show wear, and it really just wasn’t “us.”  (Eric says, “It wasn’t you.  My headboard would be a wall.”  Men.)

I found this headboard on Pinterest (where else) and was immediately inspired.


Now, I can work a drill, but I have never built a headboard.  Give me some instruction, though, and I’ll try.  I found a wonderful blog post in which a couple built a bed from scrap wood.  They had pictures that gave me enough information to figure out how to recreate my own.

Off to Home Depot I went for supplies.  I was able to buy all the wood I needed for under $20. I also needed some screws, a small amount of paint, our neighbor let us borrow his jigsaw, and we already had a bed frame.  All in all, our new headboard was a pretty inexpensive purchase!

Once I was home, I laid out the wood.  I saved a few dollars by picking up shorter fence boards for the inside pieces and only buying two longer pieces for the outside. That also meant less wood to cut which was a bonus for me!


I laid a long strip of paper (covering one half of the top) on top of the planks and slowly worked on creating the template for the design of the outline.  Once I had perfected it to my liking and traced it, I simply flipped the template over and traced the other side.

Once the boards were numbered on the bottom, we cut them one at a time.  Eric cut the pieces that had the more difficult angles since I didn’t trust my inexperienced self and didn’t want to make any more trips to the store.  I did get some practice using the jigsaw, though, which was quite fun.

I screwed the boards together with wood on the back.  It may not be the prettiest thing you’ll see but it worked! (The staggered pieces were leftovers that I used for added support.)

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Then it was time for the best part – painting!  One of my favorite local shops carries chalk to make chalk paint.  It was my first time using it and I was amazed at how well it spread and how little paint I had to use!


I wanted a neutral antique white (Behr Polished Pearl UL160-10) so that I can always be flexible with bedding colors.

Eric drilled some holes into the bottoms of the longer posts and we used the bolts from our old headboard to attach it to the frame.  Very simple.

So, here it is, the big reveal of our new headboard that I MADE by myself (mostly)!



I LOVE IT!  I love the simplicity of the material and the bit of elegance that the design of the top adds.  Eric loves price tag. ;)

There’s just one thing that it needs. The wall behind the headboard needs some color!  Eric is going to be so excited (I’m being sarcastic because he hates painting as much as I love it).

This was such a fun project.  If I can do it, anyone can!

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