"Old Shutters" Headboard Tutorial

 
I've always wanted to make my own headboard!
So when I found some old shutters at the Habitat Store....
I KNEW exactly what I wanted to do with them! 

I lost most of my 'before' photos so I'll do my best 
to try and explain what the hubby and I did and used.
I've yet to conquer power tools so the hubby did most of the work.
He used
Two 8 ft 2x6 's for the frame
Two 5 ft 4x4's for the post
One 1x8 as topper
and some Crown Molding
All this wood we had on hand so the Crown Molding was the only thing we had to purchase

I'm so bummed I can't show you all the photos I took of this process:(
This headboard measures 5ft tall and 7ft 4in wide
We have a King size bed so he cut the 2 sets of shutters in half
He simply cut a groove down the 2x6's the width of the shutters about 3/4".
Then he placed the shutters down into the grooves and clamped down the top 2x6.....
no glue or nails needed for this step
Then he grooved out the sides of the 4x4 posts and screwed the framed shutters in place.
Next he screwed down the 1x8 on top
Then he made end caps with the Crown Molding and nailed in place. The rest of the Crown Molding was nailed to the top of frame and under the 1x8.
Last step before paint was to fill the end cap seams and nail holes 
with wood filler and sand.

The top is wide enough the set pictures, candles or nic niks if I so desire. 
I was torn between painting the headboard black or green.....
Green won! 
I didn't do the glazed distressed look that's very popular right now......The other side of the room has tall crisp white wainscoting and the same green painted above...(reveal coming soon)
 This headboard is sturdy and strong enough that it just stands against the wall and we pushed the bed back in place.
 My Master Bedroom Makeover is almost complete! 
another sneak peak ...........


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135 comments:

Crafty Housewife said...

VERY nice!! I have always wanted to make a headboard too and love what you have done with this one!

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

Looks great! Love the headboard! Love the colors! Nice bedroom makeover!

Pam @ Our Adventures in Home Improvement said...

Wow! It looks FABULOUS! I love the green in that room!

Maggie said...

oh my goodness, i love EVERYTHING. I love the colors (big fan of green and grey right now), love the tree stencils (assuming they were stencils...maybe you're super talented and they were free hand), love the bed spread, love the new headboard. Extremely creative. Amazing!

Meg said...

Wow! That turned out amazing! I'm so impressed with your abilities! I love the shutters...what a great idea! And the green is a great color choice! Can't wait to see the rest of the room!

shopannies said...

what an awesome look

The DIY Show Off said...

WOW!!! I LOVE your headboard! You did an amazing job! Your entire bedroom is so pretty! When you're done with the finishing touches, can we discuss mine? haha! It's a disaster!

Have a great week, Michell! Thanks for sharing your hard work in the DIY Project Parade! ;)

Roeshel

Suki said...

I have this same exact bedding in our {very unfinished} guest room. I love what you've done with the trees and that headboard! Wowzers!

Jamie said...

That turned out great. I love shutters. I'm your newest follower. I'm having my first link party tomorrow (Monday). It would be great if you could stop by and post your project. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com

Thirty-One Trendy Totes said...

cute idea! I am a new follower from the blog hop! I would love it if you followed me back!

Rachael@Lovely Crafty Home said...

Wow I love it!! Thanks so much for sharing. I am thinking about making a new headboard (I made my upholstered one for our queen and we've since gotten a king). I may totally steal this idea (and give you credit of course)!

Randi said...

Visiting from Don't Waste Your Homemaking!

I love everything about this! The style is great (we have a similar headboard, but we bought it that way, and its a simple black)...and the colors, amazing!

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Wow! I never would have seen a headboard out of those shutters. Your hard work really paid off. Love the wall mural, too. It all looks amazing! Nice work!
:)

Katie @ BurbTales said...

It looks awesome! Your bedroom is gorgeous too - I'm totally digging the trees :)

Kirby said...

Lovin it! And love your colors you chose!

Jen-CraftOManiac said...

That Headboard is amazing, but so is the entire room. Love it all and great colors too. Hugs-jen

TeenaBugg38 said...

Love, Love, Love it!!!!! And love that you have that gorgeous green in your room!!!!

Amanda said...

I LOVE this idea! I have been trying to figure out a budget friendly headboard for a long time now and this fits my style PERFECTLY! I know what I will be looking for next time I am at our Habitat Restore :-) Thanks for the great idea!

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

wow michel, that looks amazing!!! i love the colors in the room, and i think the green was perfect for the headboard! what an awesome bedroom! i hopped over from dittle dattle. :)

Michelle@Somedaycrafts said...

I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com

La-Dee-da crafter said...

Where do I start? I love the wall that your bed is on, so creative and beautiful. The headboard is amazing. I love that you used crown molding and you can put pictures or whatever up there. So in love with this makeover. You inspire me to do one, if only I could decide what to do with my master bedroom. hummm, but right now, I am loving yours.
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Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Beautiful room and such a wonderful job on the headboard. I love everything about this room. ~~Sherry~~

The Girl Creative said...

I love that. Wow!!! You guys did an excellent job on that! :)

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek said...

The green was a GREAT choice!

What kind of paneling are you using on your wainscotting? I love it!

Aubrie said...

love the color scheme, and the headboard is awesome!
im a new follower :o)
aubrie @ http://amamab.blogspot.com/

Melissa said...

I love this headboard, it is so lovely. Thanks for great inspiration

Katie said...

I love this! I've been wanting a headboard, and I have some shutters in the garage that need a home.

MrsPhilipswithoneL said...

Your room looks awesome. You have so much talent.

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Cheri said...

Just love this - the colors gray and green. Great idea! New follower to your blog.

Lizzy said...

What an awesome room! Very inspiring!

B.Large said...

I Love love love love your room! Our room is that green bean color! I love it! Seriously love the headboard! I never wanted a headboard, but now I'm thinking I do! I so excited to see your reveal! Please check out my blog and become a follower!I've been a follower for awhile! I would love some love! Thanks for sharing on DIY'ER!
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Much love and many more blessings!
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Sonya@Beyond the Screen Door said...

This headboard as well as the whole bedroom is just stunning! I am so impressed with your hubby's woodworking skills! Beautiful!

Dominique @ Craft Couture said...

This headboard is awesome! Nice job to you and your hubby :). I'm glad that you painted it green and not black, it goes with everything awesome! another thing...I'm in love with your bedding, where did you get it? :)

Dominique @ Craft Couture said...

OH yes...I'm also your newest follower :)

dominiquescraftcouture.blogspot.com

April said...

I love this idea! I just did a headboard as a gift for someone out of a single shabby painted shutter & am making a headboard for my own room out of an old carved front door. I should have it posted in a few days. You can check it out at revampedhomefurnishings.blogspot.com

college bedding said...

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abeachcottage said...

That looks amazing. You did a great job with the headboard. Well done. Love the room by the way.

Julie said...

Lovely! I would love for you to link up at my blog http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com
Julie@Singing Three Little Birds

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

You are so lucky to have a very talented husband. The head board is charming and the whole room belongs in House Beautiful magazine! Very very nice. Love the bird theme! :)

Denise said...

I LOVE what you did with the shutters. That room looks fabulous. The color is great.

Denise
Extreme Personal Measures

Jamie said...

Thank you so much for joining the More The Merrier Monday Linky Party. Be sure to come back next week. I look forward to seeing more of your projects.

http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

Terry said...

I did this same thing. I love mine! Yours looks great and your room is so cool.

g.suzie said...

In a word 'AWESOME' I love your whole look. . .the color is one
of my favorites!!!
Sue

April said...

wow! That whole room is amazing! I love the colors you choose. Thanks for coming link up!

Heather said...

OMG!!! Can you come over and do our bedroom! Do our whole house infact!! WOW!! I love what you've done!! I'm following from the February blog hop on bloggy moms. I'd love for you to follow back. Have a great day!! WOW!!


Heather From and Mommy Only Has Two Hands! and Lynhea Designs

Sarah @ Cozy.Cottage.Cute. said...

Wow, that headboard is genious!!

I love that you chose green over black. It's such a nice feature to the room now. :)

Mary said...

What a great idea! I love the way you used the colors and popped the green with your headboard. You're so creative!

Its So Very Cheri said...

I LOVE the headboard. The green gray aand white look awesome together.

Cheri

Jess said...

Looks Great! So very creative. New follower, can't wait to read more. Thanks for sharing!

~Jess @ www.makingoverthemartins.blogspot.com

Chiara said...

Love the headboard and your whole room! You did a great job! Thanks for sharing the inspiration . . .

The Rheinlander's said...

WOW!! I love it!! I really wish I was crafty... and could knit : )

Jessica said...

Wow!! Very creative and I REALLY like it!

I am blog hopping today and thought I would stop by your blog.

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Sandy Jenney - Organize with Sandy said...

This looks great! I was just showing my husband who is sitting here!
I would love for you to link this up to my Organizing Mission Monday link party!

projectanthologies said...

Yes! That green is one of my favorite colors! Awesome job.

Erin Carter said...

I really love the color green that you chose! And the shutters fit so well together to complete the look! Congrats on a re-purpose job well done!

Tip Junkie said...

WOW! I would love to sleep in that room. Your headboard is fabulous. {{high fives}}

Laurie
Tip Junkie

Shelley@1510farmhousefancy said...

I found your blog on Tip Junkie and thought I would drop by and say hi!! I love the shutter headboard and the green is a great color!!!
Thanks
Shelley

Lynda said...

I'm remembering this one, gotta have it love it!

Neoma said...

I just love how your bedroom is becoming!!! Awesome! And I'm so into green too, but I can't make up my mind if my bedroom is going to be green or purple.

/Mari
http://neomasfrestelser.blogspot.com/

Lisa said...

Wow! This looks great! The green is such a fun color!

Green Door Girl said...

I have been following this makeover and waiting for the shutter headboard - just amazing! I LOVE IT - I so wish my husband was handier with wood, etc... I would LOVE this! I also just love the green!

Crystal said...

Love it!

Cara said...

amazing! What a brilliant idea. I ♥ it!

By the Bluegrass said...

Girl, you could sell these. Love the lime color!
xo,
Sena

Michelle (www.thereallifemom.blogspot.com) said...

Wow! I am seriously blown away by not only your headboard but the whole room! Gorgeous!!! I love the color combo...

The Loops said...

This turned out great. I love the color. Green can go so wrong when there is a ton of it, but I love this. I'm your newest follower. I'd love for you to check out my blog!

http://theloops13.blogspot.com/

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Wow, what an amazing makeover! Thanks for sharing!

Kristyn @ Good Gravy Crafts said...

Love this, I was thinking of using an old door but now you have me debating....great color choice too!!

xx-Kristyn

Jennifer @lifecraftsandwhatever said...

Love it! I saw some shutters at a thrift store around here. Stupidly didn't grab them, and then they were gone the next day. Yours looks awesome!

Jenna @ SAS Interiors - Simple. Affordable. Stylish. said...

Your project is great and would love for you to link up to my Saturday Spotlight Linky Party @ SAS Interiors. Check it out this Saturday: http://www.sasinteriors.net/features/

Best,
Jenna, SAS Interiors

Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

WOW love it, love the color!!!!!

April said...

LOVE this! And I love the color too!

Robert said...

Superb amazing!! i love everything!
well done!

Leisa Waldron said...

So Awesome. Looks straight out of a magazine. I am a new follower. :)

http://thesassypepper.blogspot.com/

Michelle said...

How fabulous! This house came with several shutters in the basement. Just lying on the floor *sigh* I've been wanting to make a headboard for my daughter and think this is a fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing!

Kristi said...

LOVE!! I had to call my hubby, who is also my builder, over to take a look.

He said, "I bet it's a pain to keep that thing dusted." I think that's his way of saying he won't do one for me. ha ha

Anyway, I featured you this week!

http://thespeckleddog.blogspot.com/2011/02/favorite-things-friday-no-13.html

Melissa and Scott said...

Your room is FABULOUS! What a great idea!

decdiva1 said...

that looks spectacular! great job you two!!! i love that you painted the hb green, it pops against the grey wall. nice color combo, i've been seeing alot of grey/yellow combos but i've never seen this green and grey one-it's wonderful!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Love your shutter headboard. You did a great job & the green is gorgeous! I'm putting it in the Spotlight @ the PoPP. Thanks for linking up.

Gloria Fox said...

Gorgeous! I love the colors of your whole room.

Agatha said...

I love it, the colors everything just beautiful!!:)

~Rosanne said...

Love that headboard, I could totally see that in my house.
Thanks for sharing.

Becca said...

Love this! Thanks Michell for linking! I'll be showing off your tutorial on BCD Tomorrow!

C.Byrd said...

LOVE this!!!!! Our bedroom is grey as well, but I'm lovin the trees you've got goin on!! Did you stencil or free hand them?! I'm so jealous of your bedroom!!!!!
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Jennifer said...

Your transformation is incredible! Love the colors in your master as well.

Emily said...

I love your repurposed shutter headboard! I liked how you built or hubby built a frame around them instead of just leaning old shutters against the wall. I'm your newest follower!
Emily

Cindi @ Rustique Art said...

This is "over the top" awesome! The green was the perfect choice..it just pops :)

Love it!

Sue said...

I am so inspired! Do you know how long I have had shutters waiting in the wings to become a headboard? A LONG time! :) Yours are gorgeous!

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Awesome. Love the entire room.

Abi said...

wow! That turned out wonderful! And I LOVE that color of green!! Your master bedroom look beautiful!

driftwoodesign said...

Fabulous use of unwanted shutters. You did a great job and I do love the green.
Kristy @ 4 the love of WOOD

Ladybird Ln said...

I love how this turned out, I voted for you!

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Christina said...

I love your bedroom! Those trees and the green are both awesome!

Kaysi said...

I love love this!!! I'm featuring you tomorrow at KIS!

Jennifer Allan said...

Plantation shutters installation was a piece of cake. The one thing that could have made it perfect is a pre drill of screw holes in the light bars. But I'm splittin' hairs. I'm a pertty happy camper.

April said...

I featured this on my blog today. Drop by and grab a button if you like!

http://wildflowersandwhimsy.blogspot.com/2011/02/sew-crafty-saturday_26.html

Lisa said...

I absolutely love this!! Do you remember where you got your bedding? It is exactly what I have been looking for. Great job & fabulous blog!!

Elisabeth Hirsch said...

I just found you from bloggy moms and am sooo glad I did. You are AMAZING!!! WOW+! I love your ideas.

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Becolorful said...

This is crazy impressive and I will be featuring in on this week's Motivated Monday at BeColorful
Thanks for sharing.
Pam

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Amazing! I will be featuring you this week on "Amaze Me Monday" blog party. thanks for linking up.

The Girl Creative said...

I'm featuring this project tomorrow as one of the highlights from last week's Just Something I Whipped Up party. :)

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

I love it all! Everything! so pretty, and very clever headboard!
highlighting this post @ ccc later this week.
gail

Jami said...

These are amazing!!!! I love them! :D

Kristin said...

That's just beautiful! I've been wracking my brain trying to come up with a headboard idea and I love what you did. I love the green as well!!! We have gray carpet in our playroom and I said I wanted to paint one wall apple green...I got looks like I was nuts, but the combo looks great in your room. What color is the green paint?

terrid614 said...

oh my gosh! this is sooo beautiful! i love it! do you mind me asking where you found your bedding? our room is this exact color but we just have a plain white comforter set and plain pillows!!!
great job! xo

Elizabeth said...

AMAZING. The green is the perfect color! Would love you to link up to Made With Love. My readers will love this! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

Its So Very Cheri said...

I am featuring you tomorrow.

Cheri

Lauren @ YoungNester said...

I know you've already had 108 comments telling you how amazing this is but I had to add that I LOVE IT TOO! :) I'm your newest follower!

Isabell said...

I am so in love with what you did to this headboard. I mean - WOW!
I had to call my husband in the room to show it to him. Now we know what to do if we get a guestroom going. Thank you for your creativity! I might even link you to my blog to show off this amazing thing.

Kathi said...

Michell you are so crafty talented. Love your ideas. Make we want to get started. Garage sales here I come. Thank you for shareing with us. Keep up the great ideas.

Ginger@cottageonrosewood said...

Very Clever Idea. I love the colors too. Great job!

Bettsi said...

Gorgeous! Love the color scheme. I really think painting it green was the perfect choice. I think you have a headboard that is heirloom worthy!

The Adventures of Ordy and Joon said...

Omg! this looks like the room in vintage revivals! it's awesome to see someone else able to pull it off!! I might have to attempt the trees now- love the look!!! and obsessed with that color scheme!

Bec said...

LOVE it!! Good call with the green! MUCH cooler than black. Love, love, love. :)

Jessica @ My World - Made By Hand said...

This is amazing...

Cambria Laine said...

Will you please share where you found the trees!!!??? They are the missing piece I've been looking for!!! Seriously droolworthy bedroom! Love it! Thank you for sharing!

uglythenpretty.com said...

Stunning! Had to post about it @ www.UglyThenPretty.com

Heather said...

Found you on Better After. Great job with your master bedroom! Love the headboard!

Disco Jess said...

Adorable! I love the trees back there too! Are they a decal??

Auntie Lolo said...

I love this! I featured it on my blog today. Feel free to grab a featured button!

Lois

www.auntielolocrafts.blogspot.com

MariaS said...

I am in awe of this headboard and your creativity AND how you actually did it yourself. I have the creativity but not the skills to pull it off so I live precariously through your blog! Thank you for sharing!

Kathy said...

You are very clever. Love your headboard, and the whole master bedroom. Golly ... you have a lot of goodies on your blog. Thanks for sharing. I'll be back. This is what I'm creating.

Spunky Junky said...

Wow! I love this headboard. I have been meaning to go to the habitat store because I also have an awesome idea for a headboard--I would say that yours, however, is way better then my idea!

I will be featuring you on Spunky Junky tomorrow!

Btdub---I didn't realize you lived in Sheridan, it's like we are neighbors ;)


xoxox
Halsey

Kim @ Too Much Time said...

You kill me! can I come live at your house, please? This is so awesome. My sister in law enlisted my help in building her a new headboard and this is going in the inspiration file!

Lori Allred said...

I found your cute blog via Pinterest and your beautiful shutter headboard. I love the headboard and I LOVE your bedroom makeover. Too cute and thanks for posting such darling ideas...going to follow you right now!

Tam @ Sew Dang Cute said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial!!! My shutters were wider and much thicker so I had to modify mine a bit, but your tutorial helped out so much. THANK YOU FOR THE INSPIRATION!!!! I love this!

http://www.sewdangcutecrafts.com/2011/06/shutters-headboard-out-of-old-closet.html

Terri said...

I love your headboard!! Hey do you also have a tutorial on the trees on your wall? I would love too try
thank you

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Unknown said...

Can you tell me where your bedding is from? We moved into our new home and I'd like to make our bedroom our own. Loving what you did here and looking for a bedding set. Could you email me @ marystudt@gmail.com and let me know!! Thanks! LOVE your whole blog...really inspiring. We have similar taste!

Waseem said...

How your bedroom is becoming...love the headboard....You actually did it yourself.

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Vivek Sharma said...

Old shutter headboard tutorial is shared on the post here. Good post

Baby Cots

Michelle Smith said...

Old shutters headboard tutorials is given in the post here. Useful post
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Granhoop Mob said...

Great post

Vintage Headboards said...

I've also made some headboards out of shutters for some of our Customers that wanted a coastal look. The green pops nicely - great job.

Check out our headboards and let us know what you think.

www.vintageheadboards.storenvy.com

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