Jenni Ingram
Jenni Ingram
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  • Wexford, PA

How to Build a Shiplap Headboard

3 Materials
$75
2 Hours
Easy

I recently refinished a few pieces of bedroom furniture for a client who wanted a beachy vibe in her master bedroom. She also wanted a shiplap headboard to complete the look. So I built her one.!

how to build a shiplap headboard
This was one of those happy projects that was easier than I thought it would be - love those! - and it turned out to be a very do-able DIY project.

 In fact, I was so happy with how this turned out, I think I'll be making a couple of these for our new house.  
how to build a shiplap headboard
I built a queen size headboard, so I needed 2 boxes of wall boards, a piece of plywood cut to size -- get the exact dimensions and full supply list in my blog post.
how to build a shiplap headboard
I started by lining the ends with a vertical board.  Then I just started filling in the center.  Be sure to stagger your cuts so the boards look random.  
how to build a shiplap headboard
The "shiplap look" needs nails so I glued and nailed each board right to the plywood.  
how to build a shiplap headboard
The process didn't take long at all.  I knew I wanted a cap for the top to finish it off.  I had a piece of raw pine, but I needed it to match - so I pulled out my sandpaper and my FAVORITE GLAZE & WHITE PAINT. Get those products on my blog - I use this white paint for all my farmhouse furniture. LOVE IT!
how to build a shiplap headboard
See the top cap matches perfectly!

My original blog post has some tips for how to "hang" the headboard.
how to build a shiplap headboard
See how quick and easy that was??  Imagine it on a navy wall with a pair of sconces on either side!!  Love it!
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Suggested materials:

  • Wall board
  • Paint
  • Nail

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