DIY Palette Headboard

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I’m finally posting about that awesome DIY palette headboard that my husband built us for our master bedroom {which you can see the entire roomHERE} He built this headboard all by himself while I was out of state visiting a friend. I literally can take no credit for it, except for the staining of it.

Of course since I wasn’t there the only photos he took were on his cell phone of the process of building the headboard, but the photos were lost after his cell phone crashed. Conclusion: a picture tutorial was never mean to be for this project I guess ;) He did such a good job & it literally is the star of our master bedroom makeover & I wanted to show you how he built it.

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This headboard was very simple to build for a few reasons. First of all don’t take it so serious, even my husband who is a perfectionist through that all out the window. We wanted the headboard to be rustic & have some lovely natural flaws. Secondly you can use any measurements you want. My husband literally chose random measurements and variations for the boards. There is no exact pattern to this, it’s all custom to how you want it to look.. don’t stress it. Here are the measurements we used for our king size headboard.

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First of all we wanted the headboard to be longer than our actual bed so we measured a few extra inches on each side of the bed and came up with 83 1/2 inches total for our headboard. After we got the total measurement my husband randomly cut a few boards {we actually used fence boards from lowes with the fence points trimmed off the top} into different sizes. After having the random sizes, he deducted those numbers from the total headboard size to come up with the other board sizes needed. The fence post boards were all shorter than the total length of the headboard so there could not be a solid row on the headboard. You could use any wood you wanted, we wanted very rustic looking wood & that’s why we went with the fence post wood to replicate rustic palette wood.

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Here is the headboard from floor to ceiling. As you can see he added cut outs  for
our outlets. O, and my handsome husband working away… such a great guy!

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As far as attaching the boards to the wall: We decided since we were going all the way up the wall that we would attach the boards all to the wall. Our first plan was to attach two vertical boards on the wall & screw all the horizontal boards to the vertical boards. That plan went out the window when we started cutting the boards at shorter sizes & they all would not
reach the vertical boards we had picked out. So we got crazy with it and attached the boards to the wall with a drill making sure we used a level on each row before we secured them to the wall. The top board of the headboard is a piece of molding we had leftover from a previous project. If you were going to do a headboard like this, but not have it go all the way to the ceiling, you could easily attach vertical boards on the back to hold it all together, but for our ceiling high headboard we had to have it very sturdy and durable.

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The stain color I used for this bed is Minwax Special Walnut. I loved how dark and rustic the stain was, but wasn’t too opaque to hide the natural variations in all of the boards used on this headboard. I ended up staining the boards after they
were on the wall, I wouldn’t recommend that, but we hadn’t decided on a finish until the very last minute of re-doing our bedroom…

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So, there you have it! Our lovely little rustic headboard. I love that it doesn’t take up much space in our room, & yet is a major focal point of the space. What do you love about it?

 


Comments

  1. Looks amazing! He did a great job. Send him to NJ to build me one : )

  2. That is beautiful! I’d love one for my bedroom – wonder if I could get my dad to build one for me between finishing their renovation for a 3 story b&b they are doing? They are coming to the end of a 2 year renovation – he might be able to fit it in! LOL

    Are you in Nebraska? Your hubby could just drive right on over if he is…

    Tina

  3. This is so inspiring and amazing looking!! A question, the pillows with the owls, is that a fabric or a premade pillow?

  4. I love this so much! It’s beautiful and adds so much to the room!!

  5. UGH! Love this! So dramatic. The stain color is amazing too!

  6. I was so excited to finally see this post go up and ever more so to know it was made for King sized bed. I’ve been wanting to make something like this for months. It is stunning! Did you go with the fence boards only because they are more rustic than say the other untreated boards? Or were there other factors that you considered like the price, thickness, etc?

  7. I LOVE this!!! Your room turned out so beautiful! And thanks for the tutorial, I can’t wait to do this in my master bedroom!

  8. I love it! It is so lovely. Your husband did an amazing job building it. Love the stain too.

    • Thank you! I will tell him you said that :) & yes, I’m so happy with the stain.. I’ll probably do a whole blog post on that later as well.. there is a story! haha

  9. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I actually found a salvage yard (http://www.southernreclaimedlumber.com/) near us and they have piles and piles and piles of barnwood! She gave me a complete lesson on barnwood and how to get certain results! I’m so excited!!!

    We’re going to do this between our 2 master windows over the bed and also one wall in the half bath! I love the stain color!

    I posted the new house on my blog the other day….tell me what you think! Interior pix to come next week!

  10. i have to just let you know that i am a mom of 3. one 10 year old boy and 2 twenty something girls. I have been so excited to have stumbled upon your blog. my daughters are so versed in all of this blogging, pintrest, etc. they have laughed at me and said that they are so happy that i am experiencing all of this creativity that’s out there. your ideas bring back so many memories of me making a home for my husband and 2 small girls many years ago. you have inspired me to get back into reviving my home once again. i have passed ur blog onto my girls and they love it! my oldest just got engaged & loves to do projects as you! we live close to pendelton & hold marines dear to our hearts! God bless & thank you so much for all the beauty you share!!

    • Seriously Maggie.. your comment just made my entire day! Actually week. Seriously, hearing that makes me so inspired to keep sharing things that I do. & I am so HAPPY that you have started reviving your home again because I know what a good and refreshing feeling that must be for you! & thank you times a million for sharing my blog with others.. that makes my heart so happy :) I’m so glad you took the time to write me! you have me smiling from ear to ear :) xx

  11. JaneEllen says:

    First of all I really like your bedding, the colors and images. I love the way the boards are staggered on the wall. What a nice husband making it while you were gone. What would we do without them?

    • Seriously Jane Ellen.. I have no idea where I would be with out him.. he really is my better half. & he’s good at making things ;) haha thank you for your sweet comment!!

  12. Liz this is so incredible! I want one for my home! I seriously want to do this. Gorgeous. Pinned :)

  13. Liz Marie, Your headboard is gorgeous.At first glance I never would have thought it was made fence boards. I really thought that you bought flooring or something. I just love it. You and your husband have inspired me today.

  14. This is just gorgeous! We have a more modern home yet we still live in Nashville. There is a great sushi restaurant here with a wood wall that I’ve wanted to replicate in our dining room, maybe on our wall with the fireplace. Thanks for all the information – you all did a fabulous job! Love!!

  15. Love it, I am glad you shared the “how to”! i am pinning! You inspire me girlie!

  16. Amazing…great tutorial too. I have pinned it and emailed one of my friends your beautiful bedroom. Love the linens aswell.

    Sarah

  17. I LOVE this project! I have seen many variations of this but they usually tend to look too rough, like you might need a tetanus shot just to get into bed. But yours is fabulous, it looks very polished and finished, yet still has a fantastic rustic quality to it. You are inspiring me to get more handy and take on some of the big projects I have been putting off! Thanks for sharing your process!! :-)

  18. Ohmygosh, I need to put my hubby to work like pronto! That looks amazing. Love it! Love the whole room actually!

  19. Nicole Glass says:

    The headboard is gorgeous! I have a question, and it may be a dumb one, but how are all of those boards attached to each other? I saw the screws holding the whole thing onto the wall, but what’s holding the individual boards together? Thanks!

  20. Hi… I just bought some fence post to do this with but they are kinda ruff and they are yellawood.
    I have two questions:
    1) did you sand yours to get them smooth?
    2) if they wood has a yellow tent do you think if I stain it it will still look yellow?

  21. For lack of a better statement…THAT! is pretty darn cool! :)

  22. very cool – popping over from MMS & off to explore the rest of your world :)

  23. Hi,

    I just had to say that you are by far my favorite blogger on CraftGawker. I find myself clicking on certain projects and to my surprise, they’re frequently your posts! Thanks for the great projects and user friendly advise.

    -MD

  24. This is so well done! I actually wanted to leave a comment regarding the rest of your house…its so stinkin cute! You’ve really brought a lot of personality to it which isn’t easy to do in a brand new house! Love it:)

  25. What an awesome job and such a sweetie to work so hard on that. I love your bedding with the new headboard. It goes perfect! Visiting from the Shabby Nest.

  26. We love it! We are in the process of building or own now. Thank you for your specifics. We are excited. It goes right along with our rustic theme!

  27. This is an awesome headboard simple & elegant.
    Ruth

  28. Wow! What a statement. I love the walnut finish.

  29. I LOVE this and I’m in the works to make it happen. Thank you for your wonderful ideas. All the way around!

  30. This is absolutely gorgeous!! L-O-V-E it !!

    ~Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

  31. That turned out so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Megan

  32. Wow, it looks great!

  33. Hi Liz Marie, I saw your project at the Link Party at Uncommon Designs and wanted to stop by, say hello and tell you how fantastic this project is! This headboard looks amazing and I have to admit, you make it look easy. Now, can I get my hubby to help ME make one?? We’ll see! Thanks so much for the amazing inspiration and I’m SO pinning this! ~Cindy

    • Cindy, You have two other options A- do it yourself ( all you have to do is run a chop saw and a drill) OR….B- start the project when your husband is around and most men will “take over” because you aren’t doing it right!!! Good luck either way, but you might amaze yourself at what you can do, give it a shot.

  34. Wow! This turned out so fantastic!!! And the mirrors above the nightstands are perfect. I’ve never thought of that but it looks amazing!!!

    Stopped by from the Create & Inspire party! :)

  35. I love the color! It turned out great!

  36. I love this! It turned out perfect! We would love for you to share this at our Kitchen Fun and Crafty link party!

  37. Looks AMAZING, Liz!

  38. What a gorgeous statement this headboard is!! We’ve been talking about doing this as well, and I really love how tall yours is!! Awesome job!!

  39. I love this headboard made from pallets, I made a sofa table out of pallets once. I featured this today at Simply Creation’s Link Party. Thank you for sharing.

  40. This is amazing! I am working on creating this for my bedroom!

  41. Wow!! Love it. Thanks for sharing.

    Feel free to join me for MoonSHINE Monday at The Honeysuckle Bus Stop!

    Amber
    http://Www.thehoneysucklebusstop.blogspot.com

  42. That looks amazing! I’m Into the rustic look too!

  43. Thanks for sharing this idea. I re-did my master because of this post. Turned out awesome. Wish i could post pic to share with you. Jamie

  44. Love the headboard soooo much!!! Do you have any tips for staining once it is already up in the wall?

  45. The boyfriend and I love this headboard!! We are going to recreate it for our guest bedroom!!!

  46. Oh my mylanta…..love this headboard. Wow and you went all the way to the bottom….awesome job! Love the stain color. Love your site…came on over from the link up. Going to take a longer look around now. Have a great weekend.

  47. This is so stunning! We just bought a house and of course Im so picky about the things that go up on the wall. This is amazing and I found my next big project!

  48. Caitlin Craddock says:

    Hi Liz Marie! I love your blog! My husband and I are getting ready to move into a new home. I think I’m going to recreate your headboard. Do the boards all need to be nailed into studs on the wall?

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  51. Jennifer L says:

    Hi Liz Marie,

    Love this for our master redo. I do have a question… What did you do to keep the wood from being rough when you sit up in bed?

    Thanks, Jennifer

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