Sunday Funday: DIY Reclaimed Wood Headboard

Y’ALL. It’s been way too long. Life has been crazy and it’s just going to get crazier over the next month. Luckily, the craziness is all good things, so stay tuned for what we will be up to over the next few weeks 😉

With a move on the horizon, we are trying to figure out what exactly will go in each room furniture/decoration wise. In our current rental, it has never really felt permanent, so we didn’t put in a lot of effort to make it a home. We are excited to finally do things the right way and add some of our own style into our future house! We love the combo of gray + mint colors, so I’ve always dreamt of having a mint colored headboard for our guest room. I finally decided to make that a reality and put my plans into action! I’m so glad I did because the results were totally worth it.

Since I’ve never made anything on this scale by hand by myself, I employed the help of some assistant handymen (thanks Mom and Dad)! Luckily they’ve done multiple projects like this, so they were pros on the process. I found plans for a king-sized headboard online that I liked and we went off to Lowe’s to get all of our supplies. You can find those plans here (highly recommend them!!). Does anyone ever get out of Lowe’s in a reasonable amount of time?! I think we spent at least 2 hours there. The hardest part was sorting through reclaimed wood to get pieces that were straight and didn’t have any major defects. We could have just bought nice, unflawed wood, but that would have been way more expensive. I’m happy with the wood we got because it gives it a little extra character instead of looking completely perfect! Noone is perfect, so why should my wood be? 🙂

Anyways, after finding all of the proper sized wood pieces, the angels of Lowe’s cut them all down to the sizes we needed. They saved us a ton of time, so we didn’t have to do this step at home. I picked a paint color, we grabbed some other supplies, and then we headed home to get to work. The steps are relatively easy if you print out the instructions and follow them properly. Basically, we lined up all of the pieces on the ground and used wood glue and nails to bolster them to the outer “stand” of the headboard. After several hours of building, we sanded, primed, and then let it dry overnight! Peyton and I were able to paint it this morning and then the project was complete!

I don’t think I would have ever been able to find something that looked exactly like what I wanted if I had tried to find something at a store. It is pretty rewarding knowing that my family and I built the headboard with our hands and put our blood, sweat, and tears(mostly sweat because…. FLORIDA) into it.

If you are even thinking about doing a project like this, just go ahead and do it! Even though it is time-consuming, you will feel so accomplished when you have something you love at the end of the process! A big thank you to my parents for their help!!

Until next time, keep on the sunny side.

xoxo- K