How to Revitalize a Wooden Headboard

The DIY experts at HGTV Magazine recreated this flea market find. Here’s how you can, too.
Floral Upholstered Headboard

Floral Upholstered Headboard

Photo by: Marko Metzinger

Marko Metzinger

By: Jodi Kahn

Materials Needed

  • saw
  • screwdriver/drill
  • paint
  • paintbrush
  • 1/4-inch plywood
  • batting
  • scissors/crafts knife
  • muslin
  • staple gun
  • fabric

Step 1

Unscrew or saw off and discard any decorative panels inside the headboard frame.

Step 2

Paint the frame, and let dry.

Step 3

Have a hardware store cut a piece of 1/4-inch plywood so it’s about 1/2 inch bigger than the inside of the frame all the way around.

Step 4

Cut three pieces of batting the same size and shape as the plywood. Place the pieces of batting over the plywood, followed by a large piece of muslin. Flip the stack over. Use a staple gun to fasten the muslin to the back of the plywood, pulling it taut as you go. Trim the excess muslin.

Step 5

Cut fabric the same shape as the plywood, adding 6 inches all the way around. Flip the stack over again, and center the fabric over the muslin. Flip the stack one more time, and staple the fabric to the back of the plywood, pulling it taut as you go.

Step 6

Screw the wood to the back of the frame.

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