DIY Headboard

With Sean recently discovering his talent in and love of woodworking, I have been throwing all kinds of projects on his “Honey-do” list.  So far he has built me a gorgeous table and wine rack.  He has graciously taken them all on with the condition that he gets new “toys” for his projects.  This past summer one of the projects that I challenged him with was a new headboard because after 5 years of marriage we were finally getting a bed big enough for us to sleep comfortably!

I spent some time figuring out exactly what I wanted and whether or not it would be feasible for him to make it and it still be cost effective.  I stumbled on these plans from Ana White for a DIY headboard and my master carpenter approved them ;).  The building steps were all on Sean, but I got to put my distressing skills to use for the finishing steps.
BuildStage

BuildStage

After Sean built the structure, we filled all the screw holes with filler to prep the surface.  Our first step was to stain the headboard.  This is Varathane Carbon Gray that we found at Menards.

Stage 1 Coloration

Stage 1 Coloration

After the stain dried, I used Rustoleum’s Chalked paint in Country Gray.

 

Stage 2 Coloration

Stage 2 Coloration

The next step was to use an orbital sander and a sanding block to knock some of the paint off for the stain underneath to show.  When it was distressed to my liking, I took a little bit of dark wax to the edges and in between the boards for some extra character.
Sanded Down

Sanded Down

Once I had achieved my perfect color and distress level, we used the  finish in Rustoleum’s Chalked line.

Sealed

Sealed

We absolutely LOVE our headboard, but the fact that we made it makes it even better!!!  The possibilities are endless with this type of project!

Finished

Finished

Finished

Finished

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