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DIY: Pallet wood headboard

When my BFF told me that she wanted a new pallet wood headboard, I knew that we (ok, ok Hubs) could do it for her. She wanted something rustic, with straight lines (score – no fancy tools needed!) but that would make a statement in her room. Oh, and of course, it must be budget friendly! Easy enough… Let’s get started!

To make the DIY pallet wood headboard, you will need:

  • Pallet wood (We used 16 pieces of untreated 76mm wide, 2400 long pine, from Builders – you know how much I love it!)
  • Screws (long enough to pass through the support and secure the boards, but not punch through to the front of your headboard)
  • Drill
  • Wood drill bits
  • Miter saw
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil

What we (ahem, mostly Hubs) did:

  1. My BFF had already measured the bed and had decided on how wide and high she wanted the headboard to be. She decided on 1600 mm wide by about 1000 mm high (it was equal to 13 boards). This worked out pretty well, as Hubs was able to use the off-cuts to build the supports on the frame; there was no wastage.
  2. Hubs cut the lengths to size and lay out in the general pattern that he wanted to achieve.DIY pallet wood headboard - Sawdust and High Heels (1)
  3. He then cut 2 supports down to the height of the headboard and laid the support where he wanted them. He marked off where they needed to be cut with a pencil. No measuring required!
  4. Next up, he lined up the lengths of wood (used an off-cut to make sure that it’s straight) and laid the support on the edge. He drilled his pilot holes for the screws; made sure that he placed two screws in each of the boards creating the headboard (he zig-zagged them to make sure that they were attached firmly to the support). In the photo below, Hubs placed the screws in each of the holes ready to be secured, you can see the pattern that he has used.DIY pallet wood headboard - Sawdust and High Heels (4)
  5. He drilled all the screws in, making sure that the boards were secured firmly to the support.DIY pallet wood headboard - Sawdust and High Heels (3)
  6. After he had fixed the supports on the sides of the headboard, he framed the headboard to finish it off nicely:DIY pallet wood headboard - Sawdust and High Heels (6)
  7. After we had finished the headboard, Hubs decided to add a few more supports, just in case. He placed on in the centre and two on the bottom edges of the headboard. It’s the engineer in him I guess! When it’s done, the back should look like this:DIY pallet wood headboard - Sawdust and High Heels (12)You can also see where he’s placed the screws to secure the frame to the headboard.
  8. The last step is to attach the brackets to hang it from the wall. Mark out where you want them and cut out a hole in the headboard. This will make space for the screws that you are going to attach to the wall to hang the headboard from:DIY pallet wood headboard - Sawdust and High Heels (13)Attach the brackets and it’s ready to hang:DIY pallet wood headboard - Sawdust and High Heels (14)

It’s as easy as that! Now it’s time for the fun part – deciding on the finish! We went with scoring the wood with a blow torch before adding the chippy finish for 2 reasons:

  1. It helps seal the untreated wood.
  2. We wanted a rustic finish and the scoring certainly adds to the rustic-ness of it!

To create this finish you will need:

  • Blow torch
  • Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White
  • Sand paper
  • Annie Sloan clear wax

What we (yes, We!) did:

  1. We started off with scoring the wood with the blow torch.DIY pallet wood headboard - Sawdust and High Heels (7)
  2. It does take a bit of time, but it’s worth it. The next step is to sand it all down – a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it! In this case, that someone was Hubs haha.DIY pallet wood headboard - Sawdust and High Heels (7)This is what it looks like once it’s all sanded down – You could actually just wax or seal it at this point, if you were looking for a dark wood rustic finish:DIY pallet wood headboard - Sawdust and High Heels (9)
  3. Right, now it’s time for my favourite part – the painting! Cover the piece with one coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint in Old White. I put BFF to work here :-DDIY pallet wood headboard - Sawdust and High Heels (10)
  4. Once the paint has dried, sand it down to the level of chippy-ness that you are looking for. DIY pallet wood headboard - Sawdust and High Heels (11)
  5. The last step is to wax and buff, wax and buff! And taadaa… the final finish:DIY pallet wood headboard - Sawdust and High Heels (15)

I just love this finish that the 3 of us came up with – it was trial and error, but it worked out in the end!

Are you ready to see the final product?! Here goes…

DIY pallet wood headboard - rustic finish Sawdust and High Heels

What do you think?! It took Hubs a couple of hours to build and then about an hour or so to score and sand it. All in all, it’s probably about 4 hours work, so very easily done in a day. It took us a bit longer though, because we painted the room as well – don’t you just love that Paint & Decor Silhouette and White Pepper walls?!

DIY pallet wood headboard - rustic finish 2 - Sawdust and High Heels

Another view! The rustic finish really turned out well and pops against that charcoal wall 🙂

I would love to hear your thoughts, so please share below! If you give this a go – tag me on Instagram or Facebook, I want to see!

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