Reclaimed Wood Headboard How-to

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Hey Chandler!

Looking for a shabby chic look for your room? Try a reclaimed wood headboard! This natural, organic look is great for any room and making it yourself allows you to personalize it to your own style. Even if you’re not looking for the shabby chic style, you can use normal wood and paint or stain it to give it a more refined look.


Wood – old barn wood, reclaimed wood, wood pallets stained with a driftwood stain; anything will work!

Wood screws (make sure to measure the thickness of your wood so you get the right size screw)

(2) 1” x 4” x 64” boards for legs

Scrap wood

Fine grit sanding sponge

Stiff-bristle scrub brush

2-3 cans of clear, flat finish spray


1. Design your headboard. Be creative! Chalk out the dimensions of your headboard on the ground and lay the wood pieces out inside the box. This will give you room to rearrange the pieces and decide what you like best. Don’t cut the wood yet, just lay the pieces on top of each other and mark the places you want to cut with a pencil.

2. Cut the wood with a saw.

3. Flip the pieces over so the backs are facing up (your design should still be intact).

4. Cut your (2) 1” x 4” x 64” to the desired length for the legs and attach them along the two vertical edges (2-4” from the top) with your wood screws.

5. Attach your scrap wood to every seam to keep the wood pieces together. You might want to attach another 1” x 4” x 64” to the middle section of your headboard for extra support.

6. Sand the entire piece with the sanding sponge and then with the scrub brush to give the surface a smooth finish.

7. Add any more personalization now. Write a message in chalk or paint before you put the finishing spray over top.

8. Finally, spray your headboard with 3-5 coats of a flat, clear finish. The flat spray will keep the wood looking natural and weathered. For extra protection, add a couple extra coats to the bottom of the headboard where the mattress and sheets will rub against it.

9. Let dry for 24-48 hours.

10. Enjoy!

For more interesting ideas, check out our Pinterest page!

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