Repurposed Wood Headboard ~ An other Bedroom Reveal

Howdy guys, remember when I showed you this sneak-peak of my ongoing bedroom makeover?


rustic repurposed wood headboard bed room


Well you are about to see more. Cause look this drab, boring and most of all empty bedroom I started out with (here comes the infamous before picture).


Bedroom before


Is starting to look not so nekkid anymore:


Repurposed Wood Headboard 3


We have a headboard. Want a close-up? Here it is:


Repurposed Wood Headboard 2


I struggled a long time with what to do to our bedroom. I had a shortlist of things I wanted (actually I better call it a Long List), but it took me forever to come up with a plan. I knew I wanted some texture and color in there, some raw materials with a ‘tough’  look to counteract with the more romantic bedding I like so much. I’ll do a post soon about the route I took to come up with this (and believe me that was a long journey with lots of side-paths, roundabouts and dead-ends), but now I just want to show you the end result.

Our headboard made out of repurposed wood.

We started with this:


Building Headboard 4


Bare wood planks that had been used for scaffolding building, although I didn’t know that was where they came from. The wood is called ‘steiger’ wood here. But steiger has two meanings in Dutch, one is the landing dock for boats, the other is scaffolding. I always associated this wood with water and boats, my Love knew that it had been used in construction and building projects. Can I tell you I still have not lived down his surprise and total mockery of me when he realized my mistake. My DIY credibility has been compromised, I can tell you that….


Building Headboard 3


Ok repurposed scaffolding wood it is. We gave it a good sanding. Because although I liked the roughness of it, with paint spots and cement residue, I thought a slightly less splintery surface would be better.

And then I couldn’t make up my mind if I wanted to go the whitewash route or not. As you can see I decided not to go for white for a change. There will be a lot of white in the bedroom anyway (my wardrobe makeover is one of those new white elements in there), and I wanted to emphasize the wood. So I opted for stain instead.

And then we built it.


Building Headboard 2


With my new tool, I marked the spots where the supports had to go.


Building Headboard 1


We secured three supports on to the wall and then screwed the planks on to them. The planks are not completely straight so there are some gaps and uneven spots, but I like that. As you can see we drilled some holes for the power outlets in the bottom plank.

I used 8 planks and then finished the edge of with a bit of white painted wood.

I love the end result. It gives instant character and warmth to the room.


Repurposed Wood Headboard 4


And that edge up there is just screaming out for some little decorations. As my whole bedroom still is.

I managed to finish some of the bigger projects in here during my summer break, but now that normal life has returned I am struggling to find time to really finish my bedroom.

So you will have to be patient for the grand finale a little longer.

In the meantime I hope you enjoy this look at my new headboard.


Repurposed Wood Headboard 1


Holding my breath to hear what you think….



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  1. VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier says

    You are realy big Master,dear Marianne:-)))*

    What an amazing work,you do it SOooooooo adorable,very big Klasse!!!

    Wish you fabilous fall weekend,

  2. Claudia says

    What a great idea, Marianne! The wood looks so great in the room – the contrast of the rustic wood with the rest of the room is fabulous. And I love that you created a large headboard.


  3. Beth@The Stories of A to Z says

    I love it! And I can just see you hanging a wreath with an upholstery tack over your bed when you're in the mood to change it up, or perhaps your gorgeous dream sign, or even a cute pennant banner. Wow, you have a lot of options. It looks very warm and cozy and the perfect backdrop for lots of dreamy things.

  4. Kathy says

    What a great idea, my daughter in law has been wanting to do a headboard and I can't wait to show her this…greetings from Seattle!

  5. Anonymous says

    I wanted to bring the look of wood/cottage feeling into my bedroom but wasn't sure how. Great idea!! I'll be doing this project for sure.

  6. Shelle says

    WOW Marianne! That is gorgeous! I want some of that reclaimed wood and your mad skills. :) Amazing work. I love it!!! Great job girlfriend!

  7. Sabrina says

    WOW! I love it! Now how did you find that wood again? I've seen a similar redo at Knock-off Wood and So want to try this in our master bedroom. GREAT JOB!

  8. Mayflower says

    Wat een leuk idee Marianne en wat heb je dit mooi gemaakt. Het geeft gelijk een heel andere sfeer.
    Fijn weekend.
    Lieve groet, Mea

  9. Ms. Bake-it says

    Great job Marianne! It looks great and has brought an additional warmth to the room. I need one of those handy dandy tools! I think a trip to Home Depot is going to be added to my to do list this weekend!

    ~ Tracy

  10. gina3 says

    This is one of my most favorite things I've seen in while. I let out a little gasp when I saw the first picture. It's beautiful!!!!!!!

  11. my day says

    Hoi Marianne,
    wat geweldig deze voor en na foto's. Een heel mooi project zeg, het ziet er nu zo sfeervol uit. Super hoor!!
    Fijn weekend,lieve groetjes Ingrid.

  12. Funky Junk Interiors says

    Ohhhh love me a woodsy warm backdrop! I can't wait to see how you embellish it, knowing your taste! Very beautiful!


  13. Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming says

    Simply stunning. I love the natural element it brings to the room. Fabulous job – this is gorgeous! Hope you have a wonderful weekend. ~ Stephanie Lynn

  14. Korrie@RedHenHome says

    It's gorgeous! I have been eying some old fence slats in the classified ads for some time now…now you've given me another idea of what to do with them!

  15. Tony and Kimra says

    I've been trying to think of ways to incorporate some lovely wood on the walls. This is perfect!


  16. Tammigirl says

    I absolutely adore it! I never though of having two headboards for one bed, either. I may do this myself in the future!

  17. Lisa says

    I think it looks terrific! A touch of warm, worn wood can never be wrong. It's always a great addition. Looks fabulous in your room.

  18. Anonymous says

    I really LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that headboard. I Get it completely. You have a wonderful talent and don't let anyone slow you down on that. Can't wait to see what else you come up with. I need your inspiration. Go girl!!

  19. D@nielle says

    Looks great, it really does bring warmth to the room, and I just saw your closet and it looks great in white and the cute wallpaper !

    • says

      I’m doing the same thing – neutural room, rustic boards, although we’ll do ours a bit wider. Any further tips? This is my boldest DIY yet. How wide was the wood at the back of the wood you used?