How to build a Rustic Headboard using RECLAIMED WOOD: Woodworking/Distressed/Antique Furniture

So what’s up guys! This week I plan on building a Queen size headboard that’s suppose to look like a picket fences gate. I’m going to be using some wood that I have around the house. Some old reclaimed barn wood, maybe some of that drift wood that I had found, and maybe even some pallet wood. So stay tuned and I’m going to show you how I get it done. All right, I ready to go ahead and get started on this project so I went ahead a laid out everything I’ll need for this. As far as tools go, I don’t really need to many this week.

I have a sander, saw, power drill, and a few measuring tools. That should be enough to get this project done. It’s not very complicated. As far as wood goes I have the four by four posts I still have left over from when I collected that drift wood when a storm came through. So I have those and they will be basically be the fence post. This is suppose to be replicating an old fence door. So, like I said, those are going to be the fence post. As far as the wood that I’m using I have for building the door I have some old barn wood that will look really cool. So I have that and I have some pallet wood as well that I want to use for the bracing of the back side of the fence door. All the wood was free because I was able to salvage it or collect it. I’ll probably need to use just one new piece of board that I did have to go buy. It’s a two by six that won’t even be seen because it will actually be at the bottom of the project.

It’s there to be a really sturdy brace. It will actually be bellow the bed level so you won’t even see it or anything. That’s pretty much everything I’ll need for this project except for some screws and stuff like that. All right, the first thing I’m going to be doing is building out the headboard frame. So I’ll use the four by four post and cut those down to the length I need and after that I’ll add the bracing to connect the two four by four post. The bracing will actually be the new boards I bought and they won’t be seen at the bottom. The I’ll have probably a two-by-four brace at the top that will be behind the fence door. All right, to add the two by six support into the four by four post, I’m going to cut a notch out.

What I’m doing is just measuring on each post ten inches up and then a five and a half inch gap because that’s the width of the two by six. I know that it’s one and a half inches thick so I’m going to set my circular saw to one and a half inches. Then I will just cut this gap out to allow the two by six to fit in here flush so it will be nice and clean and give it a nice support.

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All right, I’ve just finished up building the frame and I wanted to go over a couple things I did. I started off with the four by four post and then I added a couple of braces down at the bottom by notching it out so it’s nice and flush on the back side. I added a two by four on the top and then I have a center brace which is basically the bottom of where those born wood planks come down to.

All to replicate a fence gate. This is added basically for backing to the fence panels when I put them up. I also needed something at the top for backing and what I came up with was to add some pallet wood just to the front. I did that at the top and the bottom, The idea I was having is that when I add the fence panels to this they are not all going to be flush. They are going to have some gaps in between them and instead of having that new wood behind them I thought it would look cool to have that pallet wood behind it instead. So I added that and to finish thing off I added some fence post toppers. I used a small piece of pallet wood that acts as the base to the topper and then I added a little dark wax just to age it a little so it matches the rest of everything else. To really finish things up I went ahead and clear coated everything.

I thought it would make it easier to coat this section before I start adding the fence panels. It would have just been difficult to get everything behind there so that’s why I went ahead and clear coat everything. So I’m done with the frame and the next thing I want to do is go ahead and lay this thing on the ground and start attaching these fence panels. I went ahead and laid everything out to get an idea and to see how all of it was going to look together. The plan that I have is; this brace right here is where the bottom of the boards come down to. The mattress will pretty much cover up to right here so I just need the boards to go down just a little bit farther than where the top of the mattress is going to be.

I’m going to put a flush cut on these so they fit nice and clean Then on the tops of these I’m going to have them all different lengths. They are not going to be all nice and clean across the top. Instead of leaving them square, what I plan on doing is once I get these matched up down here on the bottom I’m just going to draw, not really a point, but more like a rounded point so it looks like a fence. Once it’s drawn out I’ll just cut it out with a jig saw. So that’s what I plan on doing now.

All right, so I’m done with all the wood parts to the gate and the next thing to do would be to add the hardware to really give it that gate look. I have a latch lock, little handle, and then a hindge. All this will make it really look like a gate. As you can see it’s brand new hardware and I don’t want it to look brand new. Just look and the gate, the wood looks really old so I want to give the hardware some kind of age. I’ve never tried to age metal so I’m not really sure of the that steps but what I plan on doing is I have this hammered spray paint which as you can see gives it that beat up look.

I have it in a rust color and a black. I going to paint it in layers and just kind of mess with it to see what I end up with. Hopefully it looks cool and old but as I said it’s probably going to be some trial and error and I’ll just figure it out as I go. So the next thing I’ll do is go ahead and age this brand new hardware. All right, I’m done, just finished up this reclaimed wood, picket fence door, headboard. It was a really cool project and it was a lot of fun and it wasn’t very difficult at all. I just used some reclaimed wood that I got from an old barn which was really cool wood. It came really dingy and old looking so I kinda cleaned it up by sanding it down a layer basically and it exposed some of the under stuff. That looked really cool. I used that and then some four by four post that I collected from the beach so those things are straight out of the ocean and I think that’s pretty cool.

As some backing, behind the fence panels, I used some pallet wood which you can actually see because all the fence panels have a gap in them like you would see in a regular fence. You can see that pallet wood back behind there. So that was pretty cool. The only thing that I really had to try to age was the actual hardware which ended up being pretty fun because I’ve never tried to age any metal or anything like that and it was a fun little process. I just used some of that hammered paint and I put a gold color underneath and then a black on top of then kind of banged it up with a hammer. That kind of brought up some of that gold from underneath and made it looks like rust. Then I actually took a little torch and kind of heated the paint and metal and it made it actually bubble up a little bit.

That made it instead of a shiny black or gloss black it actually flattened the color so it looked even older so that was cool. I had a lot of fun on it like i said uh… wasn’t very, very difficult at all and i think it turned out really cool.

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