In this project I used regular 1x, 2x and untreated 4x4 material. I started by cutting all the boards to size and jointing the 4x4's to get a nice clean edge on one side. Next I laid two 1x4's on the ground in a vertical fashion and laid 1x12's on top of those in a horizontal fashion. I glued and brad nailed the 1x12's to the 1x4's. Then I laid two more 1x4's on top of the 1x12's that I just attached...
So, now I have 1x12's sandwiched between the 1x4's. After that was assembled I attached an untreated 4x4 post to each side with screws for legs making sure the top is flush with the vertical 1x4's. Next I added a 2x4 on top and made sure it was flush with the sides and added a 2x6 on top of the 2x4 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 1x4'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 1x12'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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