Reclaimed Wood Headboard

During a drive to the store one evening, I spotted an old 6′ stockade fence tossed to the curb. Well, of course I had to pick it up. Free lumber! To fit this wood in our Pontiac Vibe I had to push the passenger’s and the driver’s seats as far as they could possibly go forward. Good thing I’m short. My knees were a bit more jammed into the dashboard than I like, but for these extremely weathered planks, it was totally worth it. I decided this material would be perfect for creating a reclaimed wood headboard for my son’s vintage airplane room.

DIY Reclaimed Wood Fence Headboard
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The first step I took to create the headboard was disassembling the fence and removing all nails.

DIY Wood Fence Headboard

Sure that may sound like an easy task, but I assure you it was not. The rusty nails kept breaking apart and getting stuck in the wood. It took a while, but I did eventually get all those little spikes removed.

Reclaimed Wood Headboard

Next, I used my mouse sander to smooth out each board.

Old Wood Headboard DIY

Then I stained each board using my favorite stain, Minwax Special Walnut and added a nice protective finish with three coats of Minwax Polycrylic.

Trash to Treasure Headboard

After that, my husband used the drill to screw two 1″ thick boards perpendicular to the planks. He made sure to secure each plank to these wood pieces for stability. We also added a third piece that was attached parallel to the top plank. This board is what we used to attach the entire headboard to the wall. (More on that in a minute.)

Wood Fence Turned Headboard

As you can see, the wood possessed LOTS of character right from the beginning. And if that wasn’t enough…

DIY Headboard From Reclaimed Wood Fence

We accidentally drove right over the headboard when making one of those emergency trips to the hardware store mid-project. Oops! (If you work on a lot of projects, then you probably understand the type of emergency I am referring to.)

Fence Wood Reclaimed

Look real close. You can see a big ol’ ding across the planks. Good thing we like that “weathered” furniture look or we would have had some extra work to do.

Dented Wood Headboard

For the last step of this project, I had purchased a French Cleat Picture Hanger Kit and closely followed the instructions on the packaging to attach the headboard to the wall of my son’s room. This little do-dad was the perfect find for hanging up something so heavy.

French Cleat Wood Headboard

Of course this step took two people to accomplish, because I had no interest in breaking my back and I probably would have if I would have attempted this as a solo task.

Headboard from Fence

This project turned out awesome! I could not be more proud of all of our hard work we put into this headboard.

DIY Reclaimed Wood Fence Headboard

The price to us was $10. Woo-hoo! We had to purchase the French cleat, but everything else we had on hand. The most important part though, is that our son loves it!

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18 thoughts on “Reclaimed Wood Headboard

  1. Kristi

    I absolutely LOOOOOOOVE this (tire marks and all!)!!! This is EXACTLY what I’m picturing for Carson’s room! I’ll definitely be pinning if for later!

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    1. Emily Post author

      Thanks Kristi! The tire marks truly make a great story for this headboard’s new life. Can’t wait to see what you do for Carson’s room!

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      1. Makani

        You can avoid the French cleat hanger by making your own cleat out of the piece of wood used for hanging. Miter cut the 2×4 that you put on the back down its length. Then hang one half on the wall cut side up, attach he other half to the headboard cut side down. Slip the headboard onto the piece secured to the wall. We did this with an old door. It’s very secure.

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    1. Emily Post author

      Thanks Erica! When we ran over it, all I could think was “bring on the character, but please don’t let anything be broken.” Haha.

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    1. Emily Post author

      Cynthia, good point about the nails. That could have done some real damage to my tires. Thanks for stopping by!

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