22 July 2013

DIY Headboard {Project Pretty}

I'm finally getting around to posting our DIY headboard. We actually made this ages ago, but I wanted to wait until our bedroom was completely decorated to post the big reveal photos. However, over the months we've moved and once again, our bedroom has taken the back-burner, and it's still not complete.

For now, our headboard is finished, so I'd like to share with you on how we made it.

What you'll need: 
 (I purchased all items from Lowes)

  • two 8' stud boards (if you don't have high ceilings, you'll need to cut these down to fit your room)
  • six 1x12x8 boards (for a Queen sized bed)
  • 28 lag bolts and washers
  • Rust-Oleum Kona Wood Stain
  • Rust-Oleum Oil-Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint (for an antiqued look)
  • Drill


  1. cut the stud boards to the height of your liking
  2. stain all of the wood
  3. lay your headboard flat on the ground
  4. drill two holes on each side of each piece of wood-- you should have a total of 4 holes/board, 24 holes total
  5. spray paint the screws and washers with the oil-rubbed spray paint
  6. carefully screw in the bolts (make sure your washer is behind the bolt) into your drilled holes. if any of your bolts are scratched, you can touch them up by using a q-tip
  7. once you move your headboard inside, take your remaining four bolts and washers, and use it to attach the headboard to your bed frame

Please note that I still need to change our lamps, and add artwork and mirrors. I'm also playing around with the idea of sewing new curtains and a duvet cover. Stick around for more bits and pieces of our bedroom makeover. 

I hope you all have a productive week, and stick around for more interior updates!

Happy Monday.

Love, Emmie


  1. I am DYING! This headboard is absolutely gorgeous and exactly what I want for my headboard! If only I could convince Cory to like the shabby-chic, rustic look :( Woe is me! I'll just have to swoon over yours! Pinning like CRAZY!

    Chelsea from Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles

  2. LOVE this mucho! I am planning to follow your tutorial for my boys twin beds- the slight industrial look (with the bolts) is to die for perfect. Thanks much!! (:

    Pinned! xo

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