First Project- reclaimed wood look Queen headboard!

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Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Used only one coat of Minwax Dark Walnut (really liked the rustic look), and finished with Minwax polyueruthane. This was a quick build- did all of the cutting, & got it mostly assembled while my toddler was napping! One thing to note- we had to add some wood braces on the back in order to straighten our boards out. They looked ok at the store, but we got them home & realized they were quite warped! Sanding, staining and polyurethaning took additional time that was spread out over a few days (didn't include that in total time). This was great for a first project. I've got lots more on my to-do list now!
Estimated Cost: 
around $75


That was fast and looks lovely in your bedroom. You make me anxious to be moved so I can have a basement to work in.

First off, I love the rustic look as well. As far as the wood looking good at the store and then not so much at home; ditto there too. With this project straight boards are a must unless you want to add on extra wood.

It looks great!!!!! I am going to make this for my bedroom. Nice to see how others have turned out!

How did you get the shades to vary so much when you stained it? Awesome job. I'm working on this one now as a twin headboard. Thanks!

As for the varying shades, it just happened! We only did one coat of stain, so that probably had something to do with it. The wood we chose was not perfect either so that probably helped to make the different shades as well.

I love this bed! You did an amazing job!!! My question is do you have the plans and did you just attach to a metal frame or build a wood base?