Custom Headboard Build and Finish




About: Recently started DIY project and now I’m an addict. I like taking old stuff and making something new.

Intro: Custom Headboard Build and Finish

I had an idea for custom Headboard and wanted to try to build and finish myself.

Step 1: Measure

I measured the bed frame and marked the boards to size needed and marked where met up with bed frame to attach later. I used 1x4x8 boards and 1/4 inch panel board.

Step 2: Cut and Glue

I cut the boards to desired length, then glued them in place. I flipped it over and secured from back using 5/8 inch nails.

Step 3: Place Cushions

I placed the cushions in desired pattern and cut additional boards to fill in. I glued them in place and nailed from the back as before.

Step 4: Stain

I chose a weathered grey stain and applied and let dry overnight.

Step 5: Glue Cushions

I glued cushions using liquid nails in caulk gun. I also secured from back using 5/8 inch nails.

Step 6: Finishing

I added various waxes to get a look I was happy with. I started with dark, then added white and silver. Finished with clear wax.



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    3 days ago on Introduction

    This gives me a very interesting idea of actually adding storage space behind the headboard itself! Since we are customizing it, why not make every effort count? Storage beds are so 20th century. Hello headboard storage, here I come!

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    Reply 2 days ago

    Sounds like a great idea, you’ll have to post.