DIY Headboard Build and Finish

9 Materials
$50
2 Days
Easy

Needed a headboard for a Queen bed. Wanted to try and build one myself and use some staining/waxing techniques I’ve seen on Hometalk and other internet sites. I had some Headboard cushions that I came across at Aldi’s, that was the inspiration for the idea.
Took measurements from bed frame and cut boards to size using miter saw.
Took panel board and cut you fit. Glued it and weighed it down to dry. then flipped and added small nails for support.
I placed the headboard cushions inside framing and cut boards to fit between them. I glued the, then later flipped and added nails for support.
I stained the frame using an aged grey then glued the cushions in place.
I added some lighter grey chalk paint for more contrast, then began adding wax.
I started with dark antiquing wax, then followed with white. I finished with clear wax after I had achieved a look I was happy with.
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3 questions
  • Sherryl Currin
    on Oct 16, 2018

    Michael that is really lovely. Would the cushions be easy to make if I can't find any readymade ones

  • Cheryl W Graham
    on Oct 16, 2018

    Where did you find cushions?

    • Mamma
      on Jan 3, 2020

      The very first statement said; " I had some Headboard cushions that I came across at Aldi’s, that was the inspiration for the idea." Hope that helps.

  • Eddie
    on Oct 16, 2018

    How did you fasten the cushions to the headboard

    • Mamma
      on Jan 3, 2020

      He clearly stated ."'I stained the frame using an aged grey then glued the cushions in place.""

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  • Linda Abate
    on Dec 31, 2019

    What an awesome way to get a fabulous headboard. Love how you can really customize this to be as plain or fancy as you want it. Great job.

    • Michael Scott
      on Dec 31, 2019

      Thanks, I’m now needing a king size one. Want to do something different than before.

  • Angelina
    on Dec 31, 2019

    Love the headboard

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