|Project by Chris McDowell||posted 08-31-2014 10:43 PM||5708 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
If you would like to watch a build video of this project, you can view part one here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2BpQSzr7Rg
We were given a king size mattress and bed frame. It was nice to upgrade from a queen because it was getting a little crowded with two kids hanging out in our bed before bedtime and then actually sleeping in the bed at times. However, we didn’t have a headboard to go with it.
My wife’s birthday was approaching and when I asked her what she wanted she said that she wanted a headboard made with old shutters.
I found a lady nearby that sells old shutters and windows, so I bought four shutters from her:
I cut the shutters to a proper height then joined them all together using some 1×4’s and pocket holes. The four shutters together were not wide enough to make a king size headboard, which is why I had to add the three 1×4’s.
I then joined the two end posts together with some stretchers that would also act as supports for the shutters. I attached the shutters to these supports from behind with screws.
I then placed two layers of 3/4” material on top. On the bottom layer I routed a cove profile; on the top layer, I routed a roundover.
My wife wanted it to look vintage or antique so we painted it two different colors.
First, we painted it brown:
Then we painted it cream:
Then we distressed it with sandpaper sticking to the edges and corners. I also sanded it smooth all over at this point with 320 grit.
The whole thing is 76” wide and just over 5’ tall. It was pretty heavy and hard to get upstairs, but we got it done.
Thanks for looking.