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Rustic Headboard

November 9, 2011 |
posted by beingbrook
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Rustic Headboard
Rustic Headboard
About This Project

Rustic headboard built in an afternoon. Total cost was only $35!

Estimated Cost: 
$40-60
Estimated Time Investment: 
Afternoon Project (3-6 Hours)
Required Skill Level: 
Starter Project
Type of Wood: 
Pine
Finish Used: 
Oxidized the wood using tea followed by steel wool/vinegar mix. Finished with Annie Sloan clear wax. A detailed explanation can be found at my blog: http://beingbrook.com/rustic-headboard-aged-wood/
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Beautiful!

I love the finish! That headboard is stunning!

posted by Ava-Drew | on Wed, 2011-11-09 14:32
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slightly modified

I thought the 56 in headboard was a little excessive. So I cut it down a foot. If you decide to do this take 6 inches off the top and the bottom so it looks portionally correct. Another thing I did that was not mentioned in the what I have read so far was use kregs joints to connect the inner panel. If you build it from the back you will not see any joints except the top ones on the foot board. I patched them with that elmers patch stuff and are no longer visible. Minus all the sanding I built two beds in a half day.

posted by scott56 | on Wed, 2011-11-09 15:46
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Are the legs the same?

I was thinking of doing this headboard for the farmhouse storage bed. Did you use 4x4s or build the legs the way they are in the plan? I have several 3x3s for legs that I was planing on using with the kreg. How easy was it to get the boards lined up with the kreg?

posted by Ava-Drew | on Wed, 2011-11-09 18:52

Reply:Are the legs the same?

The legs are the same as the plan. I don't have a kreg jig so the bed is nailed and screwed together instead. Hope that helps! -Brook

posted by Brook@BeingBrook (not verified) | on Wed, 2011-11-09 22:56
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To die for

Your finish is to die for. I could just look at it all day long. I'm weird like that. Fab job!

posted by debandtom25 | on Thu, 2011-11-10 09:48

sanding

how much did you sand this headboard?

thanks

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-11-15 13:34

Sanding

We sanded the boards before building since we got the cheapest grade of lumber they had. I also sanded it about 10 minutes after I removed all the paint stripper.

posted by Brook@BeingBrook (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-11-15 13:39

ok.thanks for your reply. But

ok.thanks for your reply. But did you sand like 80-120-220 grit . thanks

posted by Guest (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-11-15 14:40

Sanding

No just used a power sander. Was going for a rustic wood look so didn't worry about the sanding being perfect. Just wanted it smooth enough not to snag anything.

posted by Brook@BeingBrook (not verified) | on Tue, 2011-11-15 14:51
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any other tips to get this

any other tips to get this finish?

posted by danielleklug | on Fri, 2012-03-09 11:08

Brown or grey-ish finish?

Congratulations !!! and thanks for inspiring us by posting these photos of a terrific job!

I was just wondering..how did you manage to get the perfect light brown - chocolate tint shown on these photos??

I've followed the process described (oxidized the wood using tea followed by steel wool/vinegar mix) to the point. However, the result is grey tinted. even tried applying the process to different types of wood and applying less mix..even sanding it after the project dried and applying the clear wax..Same GREY result..

Please help!!

posted by Mario (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-06-06 14:37

Wood

Different woods will give a different finish. This project turned out a little browner than the other times I've used the tea/vinegar treatment. Probably because it was previously painted and then stripped. You can also buy dark wax that will help change the color. You might try finding a stain that is the color that you want and staining your project. Good luck!

posted by Brook @ BeingBrook (not verified) | on Wed, 2012-06-06 15:26

Rustic Headboard

I just made the rustic headboard with new pine boards. Can I get this look with the tea and vinegar? How was it done? Thanks.

Penelope Melas-Lee

posted by Penelope Melas-Lee | on Thu, 2012-08-23 08:39

Your site provided us with

Your site provided us with valuable information to work with. Each and every tips of your post are awesome. Thanks a lot for sharing. TeknoKeren | Berita Terkini

posted by yuzz3n | on Fri, 2013-03-08 01:28

was it pre primed pine

where does the white come from in your wood. did you strip pre primed pine then tea and oxidation? thanks,ante

posted by Ante | on Wed, 2013-07-10 14:53

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