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Monday, September 15, 2014

diy headboard - guest room edition

As promised last week, I'm back with the full tutorial for another very simple DIY headboard for our guest room.  I made a headboard a few years ago for our master bedroom, and this one was even easier to make than the last.  
I started out by picking up (2) 1x8 boards, each 10' in length.  Since my guest bed is full size, I cut each board into two 56" lengths.  I had a small scrap piece leftover from each original board. I sanded the edges to make sure there was nothing sharp that could hurt anyone and then started staining.
1x8 headboard
I used a combination of two stains for this project.  The first was Minwax in Classic Grey.
On each board, I took a very small amount of the grey stain and rubbed it in so there was nothing left to rub off.  I started with very small amounts and added a bit at a time until I achieved full coverage.  The plastic bag is around my hand to protect my skin from the stain, so I can avoid lots of cleanup. 
 This is how much grey stain I put on each board for the first coat.
Stain DIY Headboard
 Next, I used Minwax Jacobean for the second coat.  I've used this same stain on our master bedroom bed and headboard, and the bench on our porch.
Minwax Classic Grey

 I took an even smaller amount of this stain than the first coat of grey.  To be safe, you can always add more stain later, but start small.  I added a light coat of this dark brown stain to add some warmth to my boards.  
Stain DIY Headboard
Stain DIY Headboard
 If you're into hair, think of it this way.  The Classic Grey is the "ash" of the hair colors, and adding a bit of the Jacobean adds the same type of warmth that some "golden" highlights would.  Okay, enough girly talk, back to the building of furniture...This is how my boards looked after the Jacobean.  
Stain DIY Headboard
I still wanted them to be a bit darker, and a bit more rustic/worn looking, so I added another very light coat of the Classic Grey until I got the look I wanted. 
 Here is the first board, completely done.  Excuse the poor lighting; I stained these in the basement at night.Stain DIY Headboard
 I let the boards dry for about 48 hours to make sure they weren't tacky at all, and then moved them upstairs for assembly.  To attach each of the 4 boards together, I picked up these brackets and screws from Home Depot.  
DIY Headboard
 We laid them out, and they were very easy to screw together.  
Screw Boards Together for DIY Headboard
 To attach my new headboard to the wall, I picked up this french cleat from Home Depot.  Do you know how a french cleat works? Check out this nifty little image from the Home Depot website:
French Cleat
You attach one side to the headboard...
Hang Headboard with French Cleat
 ...and one side to the wall.  They hook together and hold securely, up to 200 lbs.
How to Hang a Headboard
 Here's the new headboard in action, in the guest room...
DIY Headboard
DIY Headboard
 Oh, and that sunburst mirror? I picked it up at Kohl's for just $8 a few weeks ago! #iloveclearance
Sunburst Mirror above Headboard
DIY Headboard
 After all was said and done, the supplies for this project cost us about $60, and total work time was less than an hour.  I call that a pretty good deal.

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17 comments:

  1. I love this. I want to do almost the exact same thing in my guest bedroom. Pinning as well!

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  2. It looks great! The color is spot on! And the mirror was a steal!

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  3. Your headboard turned out great. Love Minwax stain. It is the best.

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  4. I love it! The stain is beautiful. Pinning, must save this project! :)

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  5. Great headboard! Love!
    Leslie
    House on the Way

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  6. So simple but such a statement piece! I love it :)

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  7. I love it! I have a plan to make a similar headboard for our guestroom too. Still trying to work out the logistics for what I want though. I love how yours turned out!

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  8. Love your headboard. Great job! -Kristi

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  9. What a great headboard! I love the rustic appeal! I also love the name of your blog!

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  10. I love this! So simple, but yet it looks expensive! Great job! Visiting from Work it Wednesday :) Glad to have found you!

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  11. So gorgeous! Love your whole guest room set up :) Found you on Work it Wednesday! :)

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  12. I've been wanting to do a headboard for two of my kiddos and was at a loss. This looks simple enough for even me to do! Thanks for the step-by-step:)

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous!!! I love the rustic feel of it!

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  14. This is so awesome, love it! Thanks for linking up to Inspire Me Monday!

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