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Transformed :: Fence Turned Headboard

September 20th, 2011


DIY headboard wooden fence transformation step by step instructions

Hey guys! Claire has been talking about making a headboard for ages, so I was thrilled when she finally decided to share the project with us this week. I’m obsessed with the way she glammed up rustic wood with gold racing stripes. Check out Claire’s inspiration, as well as the full DIY instructions…
Hello again… Claire here! After a wild weekend at ACL, I was able to fully recover in the comfort of my cozy new bed. Remember when I asked for your input in choosing a headboard design for my next DIY? Well, I read the input from each and very one of you and decided to create my own variation of headboard #1So, what do you think of the final product (above)? Keep reading for the full instructions…
  • wood planks (I used some salvaged old fencing)
  • 3 boards, 1/4″ x  4′
  • wood screws 1-1/2″ flat head
  • screw covers
  • hanging wire ( I chose durasteel since it holds up to 100lbs.)
  • shield picture hangers (hold up to 50 lbs.)
  • hook hangers
  • 1″ wide painter’s tape
  • gold spray paint
  • drill
  • hand Saw
  • hammer
  • tape measure
  1. Spray wood with a water/bleach mixture and wipe down to kill bugs & clean.
  2. Measure bed to determine headboard length. Mark wood & saw off boards to desired length. Tip: I made mine a few inches longer than my mattress. If you don’t have a saw, home depot has some for public use. 
  3. Lay wooden boards face down. Lay the three narrow boards perpendicular on the back, and drill a screw into each board to connect and stabilize.
  4. Drill the two hanger hooks onto the outer two vertical boards. Thread steel wire through hooks, and tie.
  5. Flip over and tape off the pattern you want & spray. I love stripes and gold, so I created a barcode-like pattern with the blue painter’s tape and sprayed using gold spray paint.
  6. Hang shield picture hangers on the wall at desired height. Hang your headboard and enjoy!
headboard wooden diy fence posts instructions step by step
headboard wooden diy fence posts instructions step by step

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40 Comments under :: Transformed :: Fence Turned Headboard
  1. Jennifer says:

    I LOVE the way it turned out. And the DIY is great. Great job, Claire!

  2. Kate Z says:

    Thhat looks great, Claire. Can’t wait to see it in person.

  3. What a great idea!
    Lovely.

  4. Natalie says:

    Claire! I love all your DIY projects. This transformation is def one of my favs, you inspire me! Keep up the good work, always love reading your posts!

  5. Carrie Z says:

    I really like this. It looks great.

  6. emily says:

    I LOVE THIS!!! make me one!! my study group wishes they could make that instead of studying!! <3

  7. blue fruit says:

    So ridiculously simple and yet so absolutely beautiful.

  8. Debra says:

    Absolutely love it Claire! I cannot wait to see your next project……

  9. [...] y’all catch my day at the mercado I posted a couple days ago? After all that shopping, nothing felt better than parking ourselves on [...]

  10. Camille Styles says:

    Agreed – Claire did such an amazing job on this post!! Love the glam touch of gold on the rustic wood. She makes it look so easy… *sigh*

  11. [...] Bet you didn’t know a fence could ever look this chic. [...]

  12. Lisa R. says:

    I l-o-v-e how this turned out! Can’t wait to see your next inspirational transformation!!!!

  13. [...] everyone, Claire here! Since you were all so helpful in giving me your opinions on my headboard project, thought I’d reach out to you once again to talk… pet [...]

  14. Courtney says:

    Ah! Love this, Claire! Why is this the first time I have ever checked out the site? I did my own headboard sd well a couple of years ago. Took old French doors with 2×4 windows and put them together. Very similar. Love, Love, Love this site and your DIY projects.

  15. [...] *Update: Click here to see the finished product and DIY instructions from Claire!  [...]

  16. Stephanie Burnett says:

    I love this concept! How did you prevent “over spray” when you sprayed your pattern???

    • clairezinnecker says:

      Thanks Stephanie! I taped off the stripes with blue painters tape and sprayed very carefully. Hope that helps and good luck!

  17. Tiffany says:

    Awesome, thanks! I’ve been wanting to make one of these for a while, just need to find the salvaged wood!

  18. [...] headboard from Camille Styles is made from reclaimed fence boards, and was dressed up a bit with vertical stripes painted with [...]

  19. [...] Put your planks face down and lay the three 1/4″x2.5′ boards perpendicular on the back, and drill a screw into each board to connect and stabilize, (similar to how I constructed my headboard). [...]

  20. Jen says:

    Claire- Would you ever consider selling this headboard? Or making another for purchase? I’ve been looking for something just like this for our cottage!!

    • Claire Z. says:

      Hi Jen! Thanks so much for your interest but currently I’m not selling any of the items I make. I will definitely let you know should that change, and also am here to answer ANY questions you have if you want to attempt to make your own! -Claire

  21. [...] safe to say that I need one of these rustic beauties in my life– Like Claire’s DIY gold striped headboard (but let’s not forget my first true [...]

  22. Drew says:

    How did you get the wood grains to show up beneath the spray paint?

    • clairezinnecker says:

      Hey Drew, I just sprayed one layer of spray paint onto the wood so that it didn’t coat it too thick and the wood still showed through. Hope this helps!

  23. Heather says:

    I have some old wood in the back yard of the house we just bought….hmm i sure hope I can do this…wish me luck :)

  24. [...] of a barcode, so to add a decorative element to this rack, I combined design elements from my fence headboard design with the colors of my antler rack project. I love the way the gold and mint add a touch [...]

  25. Heather says:

    I just made my own version of the headboard!
    If I can do this anyone can…I think it looks great, I can’t wait for my husband to mount it on the wall. Thank you Camille :)

  26. Anna says:

    Lovely! Thank you for sharing!
    Did you also make the throw pillows? I’d love to track some down, or at least that beautiful gold fabric.

  27. [...] Saturday I’m planning on making a wooden headboard DIY project that was inspired from blog Camille Styles, hope it turns out well! I will be posting the finished results either Sunday or [...]

  28. Carrie says:

    I just made this headboard. I love it! It is so easy and it looks great! Thanks for sharing.

  29. I absolutely LOVE this! If you don’t mind…I was hoping to post this link & image to my blog. alittledoseofmorning.com. Thanks! :)

  30. Heather says:

    what kind of bed frame would you recomend with this head board?

    • clairezinnecker says:

      I used a simple hollywood frame so that I wouldn’t have any footboard…it was also very inexpensive frame which helped!

  31. […] image source and instructions via camillestyles.com […]

  32. […] fence transformed into a headboard (via camillestyles) […]

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