DIY Headboard

A few months ago I decided to redecorate our guest bedroom. As part of the room’s makeover, I chose to build a headboard for the bed. Not only was is super easy, but it was inexpensive and turned out pretty cute!

 You Will Need:


Stud Finder



{7} 5’ long White Pine Wood

2 Flat-head screws


Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint

Step 1: Decide where to put your headboard. Find the studs. Mark vertical lines with a pencil.

Step 2 {Optional}: If you do not want your headboard to be a permanent fixture, you can screw two pieces of 1″ thick wood to the wall to serve as a brace. 

Step 3: Starting at the baseboard, screw the first board to the wall using the stud marks you made in Step 1. Continue stacking the boards one on top of the other and fastening in this way all the way to the top (last) board.


Step 4: Sand rough spots and edges off of the boards. Add 2 coats of Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint. 

Step 5 {Optional}: Add burlap banner and lots of pretty pillows!



  1. May
    January 5, 2012 / 1:52 pm

    This looks great! What a wonderful idea, and it does appear to be easy! Cannot wait to cozy up next to it during a future visit 🙂

  2. Ashley
    January 5, 2012 / 2:12 pm

    Christina this is SO cute!! I love it and so simple!

  3. Brianna Tucker
    January 5, 2012 / 2:40 pm

    I love this. I may have to do this for my guest room as I am looking to redo it as well 🙂

  4. Faith
    January 5, 2012 / 2:40 pm

    WOW, absolutely love that! i wish i was handy … actually i wish hubby was handy!

  5. A Simple Southern Life
    January 5, 2012 / 3:31 pm

    It looks great!

  6. Fashion Meets Food
    January 5, 2012 / 4:06 pm

    Oh my word this is the cutest!!!! I definitely need to do this! Thanks for sharing! xo

  7. Sarah
    January 5, 2012 / 4:24 pm

    That is adorable!! I love it! Wish I had it for my own room 🙂

  8. Michaela
    January 5, 2012 / 5:12 pm

    This is sooo cute! You need to link this to some craft parties…people will go crazy for it (: Pinning it…It's adorable!

  9. Jordan Streetman
    January 5, 2012 / 5:26 pm

    I've been looking at headboard ideas for my bed that were easy! This just might be it! You forgot to mention in the "you will need," a good looking man! 🙂

  10. megan
    January 5, 2012 / 5:36 pm

    Dang! Yall are crafty! Looks great! 🙂

  11. Bon Bon
    January 5, 2012 / 5:57 pm

    So incredibly cute! Easy, inexpensive, and cute? Yes please! xoxo

  12. party of four.
    January 5, 2012 / 9:55 pm

    I saw that you posted on my friend Katie's blog and just love your blog. So cute that I had to start following you.

  13. Northshore Prep
    January 6, 2012 / 12:10 pm

    What an adorable – and it would appear – not too difficult project. I love it! 🙂

  14. Nicole
    January 6, 2012 / 6:28 pm

    Great DIY and the banner is so cute!! Also I love the colors of your bedding.xoxo

  15. Nicole
    January 6, 2012 / 6:35 pm

    PS where did you get those chevron pillows?

  16. Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication
    January 6, 2012 / 7:13 pm

    This is so cute! And it just so happens we're exploring head board ideas too, so this is great info to have!

  17. Hannah
    January 6, 2012 / 9:08 pm

    This is adorable! Love how your bedroom matches your blog 🙂 xoChampagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget

  18. Dana {Southern Inspired}
    January 6, 2012 / 11:51 pm

    Just popped over from Michaela's blog…you did an amazing job on that headboard!! Love it, great post! 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful weekend! ~Dana

  19. natasha {schue love}
    January 8, 2012 / 8:07 pm

    Ok this headboard and the styling of pillows is PERFECT!! Love this!

  20. Nicole
    January 9, 2012 / 1:57 am

    What a great idea and cheap too. Love it. I am now a new follower.Check out mines

  21. Shauna Klippel
    January 9, 2012 / 6:34 am

    So cute! Such a great idea. I want a new bed now. Thanks for sharing the type of paint you used too, that could be used on so many things. Great post,Shauna

  22. Amanda
    January 9, 2012 / 4:54 pm

    How pretty! Love this!

  23. [darci @ the good life]
    January 11, 2012 / 2:25 pm

    SHUT UP – THIS IS ADORABLE!! I'm loving the headboard and those pillows! Great job!! 🙂

  24. Lacey
    January 11, 2012 / 2:38 pm

    Wow!! This is AWESOME!! I want to make a headboard now! Love the banner and pillows too!

  25. Lindsey Regan Thorne @ be pretty
    January 12, 2012 / 1:01 pm

    Seriously????? OMOGOSH… dying over this!!! How creative and I love it! Love everything about this!

  26. Tracy F.
    March 18, 2013 / 11:22 pm

    I see this post was quite a while back, but wondering what materials you used to make the banner?

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