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DIY Pine Board Headboard

Everyone has a story. Everyone’s story starts somewhere. My love for anything DIY started here with this DIY pine board headboard.

It all started on Pinterest (don’t most projects?) where I kept seeing these simple wood board headboards.

I figured, how simple is that? This was back when my style was moving toward a modern farmhouse / rustic style.

Enough about my beginnings,  here we go with a step by step tutorial on this super simple project. I highly recommend this project especially for a DIY beginner. Is there such a thing? Lol.

DIY pine board headboard

  1. Purchase PINE BOARDS (any type of wood would work really, I just chose Pine because it seemed to be the cheapest). The boards I bought were 5.5″ wide, and I purchased enough material to have 6 boards stacked on top of each other.
  2. Have the store cut the boards to the length of your bed (you can do this yourself, it was just easier for me to have them do this).
  3. Buy a stain of your choice (I love the dark stains).
  4. Stain the boards. I used the Minwax dark walnut, and I was really happy with how it turned out. Keep the boards covered outside for at least a few days before bringing them in due to the STRONG odor of the stain. I am very impatient, and decided to bring them in only hours after they had dried. YIKES, I think my husband and I had a headache for a few days due to smelling the odor at night!
  5. My next step was not a good one. I had read online that many people have used 3M adhesive strips to attach the boards to the bedroom wall. FYI, I would not suggest using the 3M strips, they don’t hold up! They advertise that they will hold 5 lbs each, so I used 4 on each board and they still didn’t hold up.  A lot of DIYers on Pinterest used this method, but I found that it just didn’t hold tight enough. After trying, unsuccessfully, with the 3M strips, we used regular screws, one on each side of each board. So we ended up with 12 screws total.  I used “brownish”fingernail polish to paint the head of the screw to match the boards.

And thats it folks! This DIY HEADBOARD PROJECT was super cheap and easy.

Below are a few pics of the room with the headboard and actually decorated!


My beginnings might have been simple, but you have to start somewhere right?


Basic Builder Grade Contemporary Home to Modern Farmhouse

Thursday 2nd of August 2018

[…] This room was an easy fix; paint a little styling. I did add that DIY headboard.  […]

Budget Friendly Beach Cottage Mudroom

Sunday 22nd of July 2018

[…] like a “shelf.” It just so happened that I had some old wood I previously used as a headboard in our old home. I thought I could lay it on top of the bench to make it look more […]

Rhonda Gales (@RhondaGales)

Wednesday 18th of October 2017

I've been looking for ideas for a headboard for my guest room. I love this idea, frugal but makes an impact. Thanks for the inspiration.

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Wednesday 18th of October 2017

So glad this post has been inspirational. This was one of the easiest DIY's I've completed to date. Good luck!

Life With Lorelai

Tuesday 3rd of January 2017

Love the rustic and pretty. What a cute idea to decorate it with the monogram garland. #HomeMattersParty

~Lorelai Life With Lorelai

Michelle James

Sunday 18th of December 2016

I love your headboard & the way you decorated it! So pretty! I tried those strips on a small pallet board over my bed. It held about 3 days then fell on me in the middle of the night & gave me a black eye! Never again! Really loved having you as cohost of #homemattersparty

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Sunday 18th of December 2016

Thanks Michelle, and oh no, I can't believe it gave you a black eye. The same thing almost happened to me, although I was able to catch the board before it hit me. It's been great being a part of this party, and hope in the future I can join again!