Fast Fix: Bedrooms

Rustic Yet Chic Wood Headboard

Add style, color and texture to your bedroom with this do-it-yourself headboard that looks anything but DIY. A great project for newbie woodworkers, this headboard can be completed in just a few hours and for less than $100.

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Turquoise Headboard with Decorative Pillows Photo by Cynthia Winward

Painted Headboard Photo by Cynthia Winward, Meringue Designs,
Stained Headboard Photo by Nicole Barr, Create and Delegate

Materials Needed:

  • 1x2 furring strips (see table for quantity)
  • 1x2 furring strips (see table for quantity)
  • 1x4 whitewood boards (see table for quantity)
  • 1x6 whitewood boards (see table for quantity)
  • 1-1/4" finish nails (50 nails for twin, 100 nails for kings)
  • 2" finish nails (50 nails for twin, 100 nails for kings)
  • carpenter's glue, small tube
  • 1 small tube of wood filler
  • sandpaper in 80, 120 and 150 grits
  • 1 can of water-based spray paint primer
  • 1 quart of paint in desired color
  • 1 small bottle of faux finish glaze (optional)
  • 1 can of clear spray paint (optional if you are glazing)
  • hammer
  • wood chisel or other distressing objects
  • 3" paint brush
  • Download: Rustic Chic Headboard Diagrams

Dimensions and Cut List

Overall dimensions of the queen headboard are shown below. The composition is solid wood.

Getting Started

Select wood boards that are straight. Tip: Pretend the board is an arrow on a bow and look down the length of the board to see if it is straight. Tip: For added character, select boards that are rustic in nature with imperfections, cracks and knots but are straight. To save time, have the lumber store cut your boards as directed in the cut list. Work on a clean, level surface large enough for the project and always wear safety glasses and ensure proper ventilation when painting.

Front Leg Assembly

Apply glue to one side of a 1x2 inside leg piece. Lay the 1x2, glue side down, on top of a 1x3 leg piece, lining up outside edge and ends. Nail the 1x2 to the 1x3 every 6-8 inches with 1-1/4 inch nails. Build two of these legs as illustrated above. Tip: As you nail down boards, adjust boards to keep outside edges flush.

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