DIY: Barnwood Headboard & Mantle

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Upcycling barn wood

I totally love building stuff myself. I realized recently that I’ve built a bunch of stuff in my yard and house and never posted it to my blog. Well here goes. We made this nostalgic and chic headboard out of recycled lumber from our favorite REStore. Its measurements are almost perfect for our king size bed.

Here’s how we did it:

Scrub and sand boards. Then lay them out in a pattern you like. I used 2 pieces per slab, cutting unevenly. I used a side board to line them up.

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Then we flipped the each board over, to maintain the pattern, while beginning to screw small pieces to the back for supports. Then screw the 2 vertical trim boards to the sides and stand it up.

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The Mantle

This took a face piece, a wide top shelf piece, and two small pieces. Then I added some trim to finish it.

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From here, its hard to tell, but the backside of the mantle is hallow, creating an opening for mounting. I turned it right side up and added the long plank to the top with glue and screws on the edge of the under board.

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Then came a coat of white-wash made of white paint and water 50/50 was enough to get that antiqued quality.

Next comes a hard part. Making compound miter cuts. Confusing. Crazy making. I suggest going to UTube and watching a video. Then, its doable with some scratching of the noggin.

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My guys installed it: first, we horizontally hung a 2×4 (with a stud-finder) to the bare wall. Then we slid the “box” with no back over the 2×4 and screwed it in tight. Next, we measured the headboard and screwed a 2×2 into the studs. Then we heaved the headboard up onto the 2×2 and screwed in several 3 inch nails.

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I placed vases, candlesticks, and some canvases of me and my hubby on the mantle. I loved building this thing, and we love the romantic barnyard feel it brings to the room! Just kidding.



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