Slat Wall Headboard - With a Twist!

8 Materials
6 Hours

I’ve been slowly pecking away at my oldest son’s bedroom since the beginning of the year. Fast forward 4 months later and I’m determined to finally put on the finishing touches in these next few weeks.

The biggest project left to tackle was figuring out a headboard statement piece in the space. Since his bed is just a free standing frame I didn’t want to build something that attached to the bed frame but rather something that would be nailed to the wall where the bed could be pushed up to it.

I envisioned a trending slat-type headboard that encompassed the entire width of his bed and two nightstands. I am dealing with an angled roofline on this particular wall in his room so it made more sense to go wide than tall.

Project Materials:

1x2 Select Pine (I used 8’ and 4’ boards)

Orbital Sander/Sanding Blocks

Miter Saw (only if cuts are necessary)

Wood Conditioner

Wood Stain

Painters Tape

Stud Finder

Brad Nailer

Wood Sealer

I started with 1x2 boards of select pine. I happened to have some on hand that were already at 8’ and 4’ lengths so I rolled with it so I wouldn’t necessarily HAVE to break out my miter saw for this project. I sanded them down and applied a quick coat of wood conditioner followed by my VERY favorite stain color, Special Walnut.

I let the boards dry/air out in the garage overnight before bringing them into the house.

On install day I used my magnetic stud finder and marked the studs with painters tape.

Next I used my brad nailer (with 2” brad nails) to attach the 4’ pieces vertically to the wall and into studs. 

Finally it was time to install the horizontal slats. Typically on a slat wall you will see the builder EITHER choose to show the 1 inch side OR the 2 inch side. In true HHL fashion I decided to put my own spin on it and install the slats every other direction. 

I started with nailing in a board exposing the 2 inch side. I used a few pieces of thin trim as a spacer then nailed in a board exposing the 1 inch side. Rinse and repeat. 

Once the boards were installed I went over the entire piece with a coat of polycrylic to seal it.

I am beyond thrilled with how this turned out. Going with long slats was a solid choice and it makes an amazing statement in this bedroom. My 7 year old thinks its pretty cool too. Mom for the win!

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  • Tracy Sheridan
    on Apr 30, 2020

    I love the forest mural on the wall. Did you do that or did you purchase it?

  • Selina
    on May 3, 2020

    That looks great!!! I wish I had the patience to do something like that!!!! And the pic on the wall is great too!!!! Thank you for sharing!!

  • Sharon
    on Jun 19, 2020

    MY kitchen granite counter top is very dull from water deposits, how can I get it to look bright?

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