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!

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Comments (41)
  1. 1
    Jennifer September 20, 2011 at 7:47 am

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

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    Kate Z September 20, 2011 at 8:40 am

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

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    Priscilla Joy September 20, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    What a great idea!

  4. 4
    Natalie September 20, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    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. 5
    Carrie Z September 20, 2011 at 9:03 pm

    I really like this. It looks great.

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    emily September 20, 2011 at 9:37 pm

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

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    blue fruit September 20, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    So ridiculously simple and yet so absolutely beautiful.

  8. 8
    Debra September 21, 2011 at 12:59 am

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

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    Camille Styles September 21, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    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*

  10. 10
    Lisa R. September 26, 2011 at 12:11 pm

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

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    Courtney November 17, 2011 at 10:12 am

    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.

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    Stephanie Burnett January 9, 2012 at 1:58 pm

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

    • clairezinnecker January 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm

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

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    Tiffany January 27, 2012 at 6:21 pm

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

  14. 14
    Jen March 29, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    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. March 30, 2012 at 10:41 am

      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

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    Drew May 14, 2012 at 10:15 pm

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

    • clairezinnecker June 6, 2012 at 9:13 am

      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!

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    Heather July 12, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    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 🙂

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    Heather September 20, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    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 🙂

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    Anna September 24, 2012 at 8:36 am

    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.

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    Carrie December 12, 2012 at 9:34 pm

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

    • clairezinnecker December 12, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      Oh yay! So glad to hear that! I’d love to see the results.

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    Elizabeth Seiferth February 1, 2013 at 12:52 pm

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

    • clairezinnecker February 1, 2013 at 4:48 pm

      Of course! Thanks for asking, Elizabeth! So glad you love it 🙂

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    Heather February 1, 2013 at 8:40 pm

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

    • clairezinnecker February 4, 2013 at 8:39 am

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