Sometimes when you are in a bind with time and a limited budget, you get inspired to create something like this DIY headboard out of necessity.
Two summers ago my husband and I installed a new dog fence (okay, my husband installed the whole thing while I watched). We went with the simple 6 foot vertical slat type fence you can purchase at most Home Depot’s and Lowe’s and even on Amazon.
Since last summer the fence has been painted to match the trim on the house, but that is a conversation for another post.
After the fence was installed, we had several smaller sections of fence leftover. Not one to throw anything out, I stored a couple of the sections in the garage until I needed them for some inspirational idea that usually comes to me in the middle of the night.
This time that inspiration came in the form of a headboard for our Guest Bedroom Number One downstairs in the basement. At the time we did this project, I really needed to pull this room together before the wedding guests arrived for our son’s wedding. You can also imagine we had a very limited budget to work with. Using a small section of the leftover fencing for a headboard not only up-cycled the wood fence but also saved us money.
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The Easiest DIY Up-Cycled Headboard
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The section of fence we used was 30″ x 72″.
First I painted – and painted again, and again – the fence panel with white paint from my sample paint supply. Being rough sawn wood the fence soaked up a lot of paint. The paint color is Birchwood White by Valspar.
To hang the headboard, we first measured the wall to find the center point, and most importantly a stud to mount to the center back support of the fence section. Then we measured the distance from the floor to the top of the mattress to determine the height to hang the headboard on the wall. I wanted the headboard to be installed low enough for the top of the mattress to hide the back support brackets of the fence section.
Using a level, a drill, and 3″ Coarse Thread Drywall Screws, my husband mounted the headboard to the wall. The center back support for the headboard was mounted first to a stud in the wall to provide the most support.
And that is it! That is all we did to create this adorable new headboard.
I love reusing something in unexpected ways.
“Those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” Isaiah 49:23