Thursday, May 9, 2013

Headboard DIY

Things from the guest bedroom I like most are....

The headboard I built.....

The handcrafted lights I purchased on Etsy......

The first Wreath I ever made......

The vintage dresser I purchased for $100!

This room is not quite finished, you see! I still need to reupholster a chair sitting in a corner, refinish the dresser, hang pictures and build one small night stand.

But for's all about the headboard!

This room is the smallest bedroom in the house. It is only 12 x 12 with double closet doors (which takes a lot of wall space) and 2 windows.

Do you like waking up with bright sunshine hitting your face at 6:00 AM every morning in the summer? I sure don't.
I purchased really inexpensive straw blinds at Lowes thinking they would be a great light barrier but they turned out more decorative than fonctional and though they weren't doing their job of keeping the sunlight out, I could still not part with them. My solution to this problem was to move the bed to the window side. I liked it ok there but it was missing a certain "je ne sais quoi"! Something more than a picture or a mirror or any other decorative accents. It needed a headboard!

One with height and character.

The board and batten design I had been dreaming of doing on our hallway was now going to live in our guest room.

I purchased the materials and started working. This project only took me a day to put together including the paint part.

The space between the windows is 60.5''
I really wanted squares but you can go for rectangles if you prefer. My squares are 12'' x 12''


9 MDF boards 6' x 2.5" x 3/4" for all the squares.
1 MDF board 6' x 5.5" x 3/4" for the top of the headboard
1 MDF board 6' x 1" x 3/4" for the shelf at the top of the headboard
Nail Gun
Liquid Nail
Paintable Caulk
Level (large and small)


Measure the size you want your headboard to be. It could go from one wall to another. Mine was going to fit between 2 windows and measured 60.5 inches wide and about 76 inches tall.

I leveled, glued and nailed the top piece on the wall first than added the center board

I glued and nailed the other boards vertically using one of the 12'' pieces (from below)  as a spacer

The space between each board is 12". I cut 16 pieces of MDF that I glued and nailed using one of the pieces as a spacer so my squares are even.

Caulk all crevices well. let dry and sand.

Glue and nail your shelf board at the top. Prime and paint your headboard. I used an angled brush for the tight corners and a small roller. You will need several coats of paint.


Let me know if you have any questions or if you need help with understanding my measurements.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful! Love how fresh it looks. Makes me want to come and visit and stay in your guest room!