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In this project I used regular 1x, 2x and untreated 4×4 material. I started by cutting all the boards to size and jointing the 4×4’s to get a nice clean edge on one side. Next I laid two 1×4’s on the ground in a vertical fashion and laid 1×12’s on top of those in a horizontal fashion. I glued and brad nailed the 1×12’s to the 1×4’s. Then I laid two more 1×4’s on top of the 1×12’s that I just attached…

 So, now I have 1×12’s sandwiched between the 1×4’s. After that was assembled I attached an untreated 4×4 post to each side with screws for legs making sure the top is flush with the vertical 1×4’s. Next I added a 2×4 on top and made sure it was flush with the sides and added a 2×6 on top of the 2×4 that has an overhang of a couple inches on each side. That pretty much wraps up the assembly. Next I sanded all the edges and corners to get rid of any sharp edges. In my original plan I wanted an antique look, like the piece was painted over many times. I thought I could achieve this by adding some dark color contrast in the cracks and corners. So, I figured black spray paint would work, but a friend of mine suggested I use a glaze after staining. I tried this on the back first to see if it would result in what I was picturing in my mind. Although it turned out nice, it was a little darker than I wanted. SO… I reverted to the black spray paint idea. I spray painted every crack, knot, and corner I saw and then sanded down the majority of the paint leaving a nice warm contrast. After sanding I then stained with an english chestnut color by Minwax. This gave the wood a very nice warm amber color and with the black paint showing through around the edges it gave the wood a burned look. I was pleased with the results. I will definitely be using this technique again. This project can be modified in any way to fit your needs. You just need to measure the mattress you’ll be using and cut your 1×4’s slightly shorter than that length. You will want to make sure the mattress lines up with the center of the legs so it will rest on the rails that you’ll be attaching. You can make the headboard as high as you want by cutting the 1×12’s and legs to the desired length. You can watch the project build video HERE. Please leave a comment and share this article. Thanks for stopping by! Watch the YouTube video.

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This is the headboard with black spray paint in all the cracks and corners.

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With the glaze. It’s a good bit darker. This is the back of the headboard.

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The front without the glaze. You can see the black paint showing through around the edge of each board. I like this effect.

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It may be hard to tell in this image, but the left side is without the glaze and the right side is with the glaze.
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