Rustic wood plank headboard

DIY rustic headboard with dark black cherry stain. Gray bedroom walls with teal painted accent wall.

First of all, can you guess whose nightstand is whose? Haha! My brother made us this headboard quite a while ago, but I was waiting to post the blog until I had a better photo for above my nightstand. The one before was a really huge photo of Tyler and me with a pregnant belly. This one taken by neighbor (Flourish Photography) is so much more subtle. Here’s a clean version of Tyler’s nightstand:

DIY rustic headboard with dark black cherry stain. Gray bedroom walls with teal painted accent wall.

After we upgraded to a King sized TempurPedic mattress with a moving base, we had to get rid of our wood sleigh bed frame. Not only was it the wrong size, but it was chewed up pretty bad from our first dog, Hank. We just ignored the chew marks for 3 years and made do with what we had.

Saint Bernard on gray Damask bed spread

My brother was interested in wood projects since he moved into a house with a garage, so I asked him to build me a headboard to match the barn door in our master bedroom. We used black cherry stain for both projects because it is close to the same stain as our nightstands.

DIY rustic headboard with dark black cherry stain. Gray bedroom walls with teal painted accent wall.

The challenge was building a sturdy headboard that wouldn’t fall forward when the head of the bed was tilted up in a sitting position. I used this feature a lot this year to breastfeed and didn’t need to deal with an insecure headboard falling on me.

Saint Bernard on gray Damask bed spreadHe attached horizontal 2x4s to two vertical 2x4s by screwing them together from the back. The two ‘legs’ are screwed into the wall studs at the bottom. We hoped they didn’t need to be screwed in at the top because it wouldn’t look as nice with the screws showing. Luckily just attaching the legs to the studs in two spots was enough support.

DIY rustic headboard with dark black cherry stain. DIY rustic headboard with dark black cherry stain.

A shelf was added to the top as well. This has been perfect for the remotes for our overhead can lights and bed. Even though its sturdy, I’m a little nervous to keep a heavy candle or picture frame on it, in case an earthquake knocked it on my head (we live in Washington after all). It looks beautiful with a few candles on it for a photo though! Now to do something about those blinds…IMG_5232

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