I absolutely love long weekends. I just feel like you can be so much more productive while still leaving time for some fun and relaxation. This 4th of July weekend was no exception. Between concerts and pool parties, I still had the opportunity to take a trip to the Kane County Flea Market.
I brought along my bestie who was a flea market virgin. It’s safe to say she thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and we’ll definitely be heading back again soon. While at the flea market, we picked up some reclaimed barnwood from a local vendor for a big time DIY project. Her and I have been talking about taking on building a headboard for some time now. Originally we thought we wanted to use pallet wood, but when we saw the beautiful, gray-weathered barnwood, we knew that it would be just perfect.
Now, I must say, the thought of creating a headboard can be fairly intimidating just based on the sheer size of the project alone. But honestly, the form and design is fairly straightforward so this can be a very simple DIY as long as you have access to all the tools you need. So if you’re looking to give your bedroom a rustic refresh, this is for you!
- Salvaged barn wood
- 160 grit sand paper discs
- Wood Screws (we used 1.5 in., but this will depend on the thickness of your wood)
- (2) 1 in. x 6 in. x 6 ft. Common Board
- Minwax Polycrylic Protective Finish – clear satin
- (4) 2″ bolts with 5/8 hex nut (optional)
- Power drill
- Orbital sander
- Circular saw
- Protective eyewear and mask
- First, you’ll want to determine the desired width of your headboard. I’ve listed the standard widths for each bed size here:
Twin 39 inches
Twin XL 39 inches
Full 54 inches
Full XL 54 inches
Queen 60 inches
King 76 inches
California King 72 inches
For my queen headboard, I decided to go with 62 inches wide leaving just an inch on each side. Luckily for me, the barnwood I got measured perfectly. If it’s too long, you’ll need to measure, mark and saw to your desired size.