DIY Wood Headboard-with a little curve

diy farmhouse style wood headboard. Check out this simple little trick to get symmetrical curves!

So, in my past couple of posts, I've shown you one end of my office: My lamp/desk area, and my somewhat organized wall behind said desk So this go around, I'll be showing you the opposite.

In designing my new office, I knew that it had to have two uses. #1. obviously, an office. #2. A guest room. But how does one make both coexist? I guess you'll have to wait for my main office reveal post, now won't ya?  :) Sorry. Maybe if you have a really good imagination you can put all the pictures together and see how it looks before the reveal?
diy wood headboard
Anyway. As you all know, I'm really into headboards. I think I have like 4 or 5 just sitting around in the basement. Now that I say that, I guess the real question is, why don't I use one that I already have instead of building one? haha. Well, that wouldn't be much fun now would it? Exactly. Plus, none of my current headboards matched the style I wanted for this room. So of course I had to make one. I wanted something a little substantial as you can get with one for a twin bed. I also wanted one to be rustic and a little time worn.

You can obviously get this by using reclaimed barn wood. But I'm a little short on that around here. So this is how I got this look using a few tools, some paint, and cedar planks you can get from the lumber store.
What you'll need:
  • Cedar planks -7 (5.5" wide, however tall you want) -for a twin bed, more for any larger size
  • Nail gun/Nails and hammer
  • Butcher/Craft/Wrapping Paper
  • Jigsaw
  • Paint.
build a headboard
First off, I found the length that I needed for the bed, which was about 39 inches. Luckily this fit almost perfecting with 7 of the 5.5" wide cedar planks. You could make this wider if you want. I think it fits just right though. I laid out all the planks on a level surface and secured them together using two pieces of wood, cut to the correct length ( about 35 inches) with a nail gun. Nailed one on the top half, one on the bottom half.
Next is to create the shape for the headboard. I had a shape in mind, but nothing really concrete. So I just took some butcher paper -I got this at the craft store, they sell them in yards, or you can use something as easy as wrapper paper or that dollar store craft paper I used on my Christmas presents this year.

I marked the width that I needed, 39 inches, on one side. I then made a mark at the top of the paper in the middle at 19.5 inches. I then started from the middle and drew a nice little shape down to one of the edges. I made sure to add an arch because I wanted one (or half an arch in this case I guess) that's the only real concrete idea I had in my head at the time. I don't know how it happened, but this was one of those one shot wonders. I thought I was going to have to trace and re-trace shapes until I got one that didn't look silly. But no, luck was shining on me that day :)

Anyway. Once you draw half of it. Cut out the shape. Then fold it over at the middle line you marked. Now trace out the cut out shape onto the other half of the paper. This will make sure that it is symmetrical. Easy peasy? Now cut that piece out also.

headboard shape
Next, I lined the paper up on the wood. Made sure the middle was in the middle and each side ended at the same level. Measuring almost OCD like at ever step and movement I made :) I then just used a pencil to trace out the paper shape onto the wood.
cutting wood
Next, use your jigsaw to cut out the shape, following the line you just traced!
sanding wood
It didn't need it too much, but some of the edges were little rough, so I just sanded them out a bit.
white washed finish
Now time for paint! Yes, I paint in wherever I feel is appropriate. This time around? The room in which the headboard was going to go. Hey-at least I put paper on the wall and the sheet on the ground :) and I was contemplating using the jigsaw in here. So. Things could have been worse.

Anyway. I didn't want a stark white finish, as I said before, I wanted it to look a little worn...old...rustic. Like barn wood, but not as grimy as barn wood. Yes, I've seen some pretty nasty barn wood. I'm just sayin'.
So, in my painting technique, I missed spots on purpose and only did one coat. And I didn't care to do the bottom cuz it was going to be behind the bed. I gotta say, it was the easiest paint job I have ever done.
Using this technique, made it look like it was painted years and years ago and completely weathered. Perfect!
diy headboard
Well, and there you have it. I love how you can still see the knots and texture in the wood.
diy french headboard
It just fits perfectly in this place. Total cost for the project was about $7. Oh Yeah!

I have learned throughout my DIY endeavors that cedar planks are somewhat of a building necessity for me. I mean, you can make tons of stuff out of these babies; and they are soooo cheap! I think one of these posts I'm going to do a round up of everything cedar plank. Whataya think? Anyway. This project just reminded me of how awesome they are, yet again :)
diy wood headboard
And here it is all illuminated by candlelight....I mean, incandescent light. haha. JK. Don't you love that lamp though? Say yes, or I'll hurt ya :) It was one of the biggest splurges in the room, but I did get it on sale for 75% off at Target. It cost about $17, not including the shade. I say splurge. Yes. I know. $17 big whoopin bucks. Not that bad. But when that is about 10% of your room budget on one silly lamp, its considered a splurge :)

Well, there you have it. An very easy and inexpensive way to add a little character to your bedroom!


  1. What a fun project. I really like the finish you used as well.

  2. Love this. I'm planning a wood headboard for our bed later this year. I just love the look :)

  3. The headboard looks great!! I love how rustic it looks next to the glamorous lamp and bedding.

  4. Oh my! I truly LOVE this! No, really, I mean I really really love this!
    I'm going to pin this so I can make this later. It reminds me of something snow white would sleep on ABC's Once Upon a Time. I love that show and I love this headboard!

  5. This is beautiful! You did an amazing job.

  6. This is great. It is so simple yet so beautiful! Great job!

  7. I really love the added interest with the curved top to this! Makes it much more interesting!

  8. I'm so in love with the headboard!! Awesome job!! Please stop by and link up!!

  9. Goodness! I love this :) Simple, rustic, and perfect!

  10. Love this. You make it look simple! Stop by and link up if you have time!

  11. This is a beautiful head board! You did a great job!

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  12. Our renovation will include a studio (yes!!!!) for me which will double as a guest room so I can't wait to see your office/guestroom. That headboard is just wonderful. We tore down an old wooden fence and that weathered wood certainly would look good as a headboard!! We'll see. I almost had to wrestle my hubby for him not to throw it away. Now I'm glad I was so insistent. Thanks.

  13. did you screw the headboard into the bed frame at all?

    1. I didn't. Out of all my headboards, I've never screwed in any and haven't ever had a problem :)

  14. Love your headboard tutorial.
    Pinned it.

    ~ Dana
    Cooking at Cafe D
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  15. Love the headboard! Can't wait to try it this weekend :) What color paint did you use on it?

  16. This is fantastic! I adore the headboard, thanks for the idea!

  17. I love the headboard and hope you do a cedar plank round up. I'm a new visitor to your blog -- only read two posts -- and I've loved them both. I'm off to sign up for your RSS so I expect to be visiting lots!

    Lesli @

  18. Please post more info on your painting techique. I have "barnwood" around a fireplace that I would love to paint in the same way. Your headboard looks great!

    1. Hi Jean.

      For the paint, I used a simple White Linen from Better Homes and Gardens. For things like this, no need to spend a ton of money on paint :) To achieve this look, I used a golden stain cedar plank, I think that's the key, the stain works its way through the paint a little bit to give that not so finished look. As for the technique, I just did a single coat, adding just a bit more paint in random spots so its not so uniform. The paint will look a lot different after it dries, since it'll give it time to seep in a little bit. If its not quite the white you wanted, do another thin coat.

      I hope this helps!

  19. I just stumbled upon your blog a few days ago and LOOOOVE it!! You've inspired me to go and buy a saw and nail gun today :o) I do have a question, where do you get your wood for so cheap? Thanks!!

  20. I love this project! It looks easy enough for even me! I do have a question though...Do you attach the headboard to the bed or wall in some way or is just held in place by the bed? Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous ideas! Keep sharing!!

  21. And there was me about to go out and buy a new headboard. That is simply gorgeous, new project for me and the wife I think!

  22. Hi, I am so glad I found your blog. I have been wanting to make 2 headboards out of beadboard but was nervous about making the pattern and how to cut them out. Your blog really gave me some confidence to proceed with my project


happy DIYing! Alicia