Furniture can be expensive and many people do not have the extra cash to spend. Sometimes, something headed for the trash pile can be repurposed into home décor. That is the case with this project, which uses an old picket fence and scrap wood to create a beautiful headboard for a bed.
You will need:
• Salvaged pieces of picket fence
• Salvaged wood
• Chop saw
• Stud finder
• Screws (thickness of wood determines screw size)
• Wood glue
• Tape measure
• Scrub brush
• Bricks or concrete blocks
Step 1: Measure to determine the desired size of the headboard.
Step 2: Separate each piece of picket fence. Use the chop saw to cut each piece to a different size, working randomly.
Step 3: Clean the wood with a scrub brush dipped in bleach and water solution. Let the wood dry.
Step 4: Construct the headboard frame, using scrap wood for the sides, bottom, and header. Use beadboard to form the back of the frame. Secure each frame piece to this beadboard from the rear. This prevents the screws from protruding through the front of the wood. Prior to fastening the bottom piece to the frame, dry-fit the pieces of fence to ensure a horizontal fit. This prevents having to make lengthwise cuts. After removing the fence pieces, screw the bottom board onto the beadboard.
Step 5: Create an attractive pattern with the fence pieces, leaving some natural, whitewashing some, and painting some. Review the colors and pattern to make sure you are pleased with the results.
Step 6: Some spaces will exist and will be filled with smaller pieces of fence. Arrange the cut fence pieces so the gaps appear in random locations.
Step 7: Glue down each fence piece. Cut out the small pieces for the gaps after gluing down the rest of the pieces. This allows you to measure the gap sizes and cut the small pieces to fit.
Step 8: Put a tarp on top of the headboard, using bricks or concrete blocks to weigh down the tarp so the glue adheres. Allow time for the glue to dry.
Step 9: Varnish the headboard, let this dry, and then apply a second coat. Wait a few days so the headboard dries completely.
Step 8: Use the stud finder to locate the wall studs behind the bed. Screw the headboard into the studs.