As suggested at the beginning of the instructions, be sure to read through the entire set of instructions before shopping and making this headboard. The parts lists calls for 3 - 7ft pieces of moulding. However, we needed more than three to do the finishing touches. Also, none of the mouldings suggested were at our Home Depot, so we improvised. Cutting some of the mouldings to go around the corners was too challenging for us, so we ended the moulding strips at the end of the bed. To give the ends a finished look, we used some of the 1/4" plywood, cut them, and sanded them. Be sure to sand all the surfaces. The instructions tell you how long to cut some pieces, but they don't say whether the board is supposed to be a 2X4 or 1X6, so be sure to go through the directions thoroughly before starting and cutting. We did use spray paint, and it took more than three cans to provide sufficient coverage, since the wood soaked up much of the first layer of paint.
Built from Plan(s)
$150-$200 depending on the types of moulding and paint/stain used
Estimated Time Investment
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Type of Wood
We sanded all the surfaces prior to painting. The first coating of spray paint soaked into the wood quite a bit, so we added another three coats of spray paint. The dry time adds some extra time to the complete project. We needed nearly four cans of spray paint.
Recommended Skill Level