Here is our tutorial on how we built our West Elm Inspired window headboard (see post here for cost and time breakdown).
2. Cut the lumber. You will need:
- Using 2x4: cut to 75" (horizontal support on very bottom)
- Using 2x3:
- cut 2 - 75" pieces (top and bottom horizontal of headboard)
- cut 2 - 55" pieces (side pieces)
- Using your 1x2s cut:
- ten 9" pieces (horizontal part of "window")
- ten 18.5" pieces (vertical part of "window")
- (the picture shows 20" but this takes into account the other pieces)
- ten 6" pieces (for top and bottom of "window")
- six 5" pieces (in between windows)
3. Lay out lumber in shape of the headboard as a dry fit. Put the good sides of the lumber (the sides you want to show) face down. Mark the back sides so you know which side to drill the pocket hole into:
4. Drill pocket holes using jig:
5. Screw headboard together. This is where math and a right angle are handy. I, obviously, was not involved in this step. I was doing useful things...like lamp shopping.
6. Sand. We used our Rockwell Sonicrafter Sander.
7. Prime. We used FastPrime2. It was in our basement. It works. I applied it with a brush and a mini-roller. It took FOREVER because there are A LOT of corners. It won't look pretty after the prime...don't get discouraged.
(Also, this project would be better done in the spring/fall..instead of the dead of winter...so you don't have to paint in your mudroom...you live and you learn.)
8. 2 coats of paint. We used Olympic Zero VOC Premium white, semi-gloss. This paint is great. It doesn't smell, is good for the enviroment, covers well...and did I mention it doesn't smell.
9. Attach to your bed frame using bolts, nuts, and washers (we used some we dug up in our basement) that are long enough to go through the wood and attach to your bed frame.
10. Enjoy your inexpensive headboard!