Chevron Patterned Pallet Headboard


We were asked to make a headboard using wood from pallets. Our Customer sent us a pic they found online of a headboard that had random colors which is where our journey began.
Making a rough guestimate of the length of the pieces we determined they were approximately 18" each. We grabbed some pallets and began cutting them apart, removing nails and cutting them to length. You will find it is easier to set your saw with a stopper at 18" rather than measuring each piece as well it also makes the fit more consistent.
Some of the pieces were naturally colored and others we stained to mimic the pic sent to us by our Customer.
We assembled the legs and back then sprayed it black so that if there were any gaps between the pieces of wood that you would just see black which will give the appearance of a shadow.
We started in the middle and worked our way out so the pattern would look symmetrical. After it was all assembled we put several heavy cotes of poly on it to nicely seal everything.
Take your time if you are tackling this project. It was fun but also time consuming.
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chevron patterned pallet headboard, painted furniture, pallet, repurposing upcycling
chevron patterned pallet headboard, painted furniture, pallet, repurposing upcycling
chevron patterned pallet headboard, painted furniture, pallet, repurposing upcycling
chevron patterned pallet headboard, painted furniture, pallet, repurposing upcycling

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2 questions
  • Barbara
    on Oct 19, 2016

    Approx how many wood pallets for a queen size head board?

    • Vintage Headboards
      on Oct 19, 2016

      Good morning Barbara - it really all depends on the width(s) of each board. A standard queen size headboard needs to be at least 60" wide. Try to select the boards that are the most straight. We are using boards that are intended for pallets but that have not been used for a pallet because we want to know the history or the wood. Please be careful with using pallet wood from assembled pallets. The wood is porous and will absorb any spilled chemicals that may have come in contact with the pallet. This is why we only use new pallet wood.

  • Nathan
    on Jun 15, 2018

    Where do you find "new pallet wood"?

    • Vintage Headboards
      on Jun 15, 2018

      Good evening Nathan - for us we have some contacts that we buy pallet wood from on a regular basis. It is important to only use pallets that have not yet been used to ship anything because you don't want any chemicals near you on a regular basis. Keep in mind how porous wood is too. There are pallet companies all over the US. I would start there.

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  • STEVE
    on Jul 6, 2015

    WHAT KIND OF HOMEMADE STAIN CAN I USE TO GET THE AGED COLORS

  • Vintage Headboards
    on Jul 6, 2015

    @STEVE thanks for the question. Some people use steel wool after it has soaked in apple cider vinegar. Most of the aged pieces we use we have been fortunate to find already distressed. It is very hard to duplicate what mother nature has done especially in terms of the stain finishes.

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