Coastal Cottage-Style Shutter Headboard

Easily create this inexpensive yet impressive headboard using unfinished shutters, paint and sandpaper.

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Materials Needed:

  • unfinished, louvered shutter doors (available at most home improvement stores)
  • screwdriver
  • (2) 2-1/2" screws and coordinating anchors
  • hammer
  • drill
  • several small mending braces and screws
  • aerosol spray primer
  • pint latex paint, in the color and finish of your choice
  • 2" wide paintbrush
  • sanding block
  • 8-grit sandpaper
  • ventilation mask
  • plastic drop cloth

Measure Bed

Measure the width of the bed to determine how many (and what width) shutters to purchase.

Prepare Shutters for Painting

Remove hinges and door knobs then place the shutters on a large plastic drop cloth.

Prime Shutters

Wearing a ventilation mask, lightly coat the front and sides of each shutter with spray primer. It's okay if bare wood shows through in places to add to the antique look. Tip: To prevent drips, hold the can approximately 12 inches away from shutters when spraying, and move the can in smooth, sweeping motions.

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