I built this headboard to coordinate with the nightstand, tv console and blanket ladder I had previously built. We recently purchased a King size bed and found ourselves in desparate need of a furniture makeover. I modified the plans to fit our bed, and wanted a beefier look so I used a combination of twelve 1x6s and three 1x4s as opposed to only using 1x4s for the panel back. I also used 1x6s for the trim as well. Legs were made of 1x4s, doubled up at the bottom for additional support. I built it so that the legs could bolt to the bedframe using lag bolts. I also wanted it to be a bit taller so I increased the height to 56" tall.
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Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
I stained the headboard with Minwax Special Walnut and then hand painted 3 coats of Pittsburgh Paint, which is very thick. I let everything dry and then antiqued it using a combination of 120 grit sandpaper and steel wool pads.
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