Believe it or not, DIY is rarely my first option.
I prefer to walk into the first store I visit, find the item of my dreams, pay for it and take it home. There! Wasn’t that fun and easy?
But as I’m sure you all know, shopping doesn’t work that way, does it? Instead, you must drive from store to store to store until you find an overpriced item that kind of resembles the picture in your head but is neither the color or size you want. In the end, it’s either settle or just make the dang thang yourself.
So that’s what I did with this headboard for my master bedroom makeover:
DIY is an especially good option if you have an assortment of materials in your garage. Here’s how this simple odds and ends headboard came together…
Expand A Full-Sized Headboard Using Reclaimed Wood
Materials I used:
Even as a minimalist, I hang on to good, sturdy pieces of old wood like this. Construction materials were simply made better back in the day.
This is actually a piece of our wall that we had cut away a few years ago to widen a doorway. When the gentleman who did the work noted that “they don’t make walls like this anymore,” we decided to keep the slab and do something special with it later.
So when it came time to brainstorm options for a headboard, this wood was the first thing that came to mind.
The first order of business was removing all the tacks and nails. If I left just one, then, knowing me, I’d snag my hand on it in my sleep. 🙂
The next step was to figure out how I was going to build the frame. Hmmm….
Then I remembered our old full-sized headboard I tossed in the attic:
Since we now have a queen-sized bed, all I had to do was tack the boards onto the headboard a little wider than the frame.
The only snag in the project was that the top edge prevented the boards from lying flush. Thankfully, it came off easily with a few beats of the hammer.
This edge was then used as a brace for the back of the boards.
With the exception of a couple screws, all I used to tack the slabs of reclaimed wood to the headboard were these wood nails:
Once every board was in place, I gave the wood a good sanding with rough, medium and fine grit sandpaper before applying two coats of polyurethane. I was floored by the beautiful tones the lacquer brought out!
P.S. A gallon of polyurethane will last you a lifetime! My gallon has seen me through many a project.
After a couple weeks of gathering materials and assembling the piece, here are the results:
I love the pop of bling that the exposed nailheads give.
Here’s a look at the back. (BTW, Baby Girl would like to show you the corner she helped work on.)
All that was left to do was slide the headboard behind our bed. No screwing it to a frame or any of that business since the weight of the piece plus the brace of the bed kept it snug in place.
I’m thrilled with this piece, not only for its beauty, but because it was quick, easy and, best of all, FREE!
Here’s to creating what we want from what we already have!