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Woodburning details and fun colors turn this casual-look pine headboard into a bedroom centerpiece. Build any size headboard in a weekend.
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Although you’ll want straight lumber for this project, you can enhance the rustic look by selecting boards with imperfect edges and plenty of knots like the ones shown. We also preserved ink labels and discolorations like that on the top board shown here.
Sand each board with 120-grit and then 180-grit sandpaper, rounding the edges slightly and smoothing any imperfections such as the split on the top piece of the headboard shown. Use a small torch to singe the corners and random places along the front edges. Wipe off any loose charring.
When using a torch on any flammable object, such as this headboard, keep a bucket of water and damp cloth handy in case the flame lingers too long in any one place and the wood starts to burn on its own.
Lay the boards face up on a work surface and decide which stain color to apply to each board. Stain the boards and let dry. Lightly sand with a 320-grit sanding sponge, wipe clean, and repeat as needed for deeper colors. After the last coat of stain dries overnight, apply two coats of satin finish, sanding lightly between coats. (Also, finish the two back slats.)
Lay the boards face down on a flat surface and arrange them as you did in the previous step. Mark the pocket-hole locations where shown. Beginning with the shorter boards, drill and drive pocket-hole screws to join them end to end. Then screw the long and two-piece strips together -- start with the bottom board and work up.
Place the back supports in position on the back of the headboard and mark the mounting screw locations. Drill countersunk pilot holes and screw the supports to the headboard with 1-1/4-in flathead screws.
Install the headboard one of two ways -- either rest the headboard on the floor leaning against the wall, or install one (for a twin headboard) or two Hangman picture-hanging brackets to the back of the headboard supports and to the wall where you'll hang the headboard.