I've always wanted to make my own headboard! So when I found some old shutters at the Habitat Store....I KNEW exactly what I wanted to do with them! I've yet to conquer power tools so the hubby did most of the work.
- Two 8 ft 2x6 's for the frame
- Two 5 ft 4x4's for the post
- One 1x8 as topper
- and some Crown Molding
All this wood we had on hand so the Crown Molding was the only thing we had to purchase. This headboard measures 5ft tall and 7ft 4in wide. We have a King size bed so he cut the 2 sets of shutters in half. He simply cut a groove down the 2x6's the width of the shutters about 3/4". Then he placed the shutters down into the grooves and clamped down the top 2x6.....no glue or nails needed for this step. Then he grooved out the sides of the 4x4 posts and screwed the framed shutters in place. Next he screwed down the 1x8 on top. Then he made end caps with the Crown Molding and nailed in place. The rest of the Crown Molding was nailed to the top of frame and under the 1x8. Last step before paint was to fill the end cap seams and nail holes with wood filler and sand. The top is wide enough the set pictures, candles or nic niks if I so desire. I was torn between painting the headboard black or green..... Green won!
I didn't do the glazed distressed look that's very popular right now......The other side of the room has tall crisp white wainscoting and the same green painted above... This headboard is sturdy and strong enough that it just stands against the wall and we pushed the bed back in place.
++ More information and tutorial at Girl In Air website !