DIY Farmhouse Headboard {how to}

I used the Ana White farmhouse bed tutorial to make a headboard for our new king bed!

I shared my new master bed headboard on Wednesday and I hope you loved it as much as I do! It’s probably my favorite project I’ve done so far.

Ana White Farmhouse Bed Tutorial

The headboard is Ana White’s “Mom’s Fancy Farmhouse Bed” headboard. She has plans for the whole bed, but I just wanted to build the headboard. I had to make a few adjustments because her plans are for a queen sized bed, and we have a king. So, I basically added extra planks to widen the headboard panel and then built it from there.

I am not going to give a step-by-step guide to build the headboard, because you can get that from Ana’s plan. But, I will give you my shopping and cut lists. And show a few tweaks that I made.

Shopping List:
4 – 1×6 @ 8 feet long
2 – 1×2 @ 8 feet long
2 – 2×6 @ stud or 8 foot length
1 – 2×4 @ stud or 8 foot length
1 – 1×3 @ 8 feet long
1 – 1×3 @ 24″ long (or longer, I think I bought a 36″ piece and cut it down)
2 1/2″ wood screws
1 1/4″ finish nails for nail gun
1 – 8′ stick of chair rail for top moulding
3 – 8′ sticks of base cap for moulding around inside of panel and for the top tier on the headboard

Tools I used:
Miter saw
Nail gun
Electric sander
Electric drill
Carpenter’s square

Cut List:
12 – 1×6 @ 24″ (panel boards)
1 – 1×3 @ 24″ (middle panel board)
2 – 1×2 @ 21″ (side trim for panel)
2 – 1×2 @ 69″ (top/bottom panel trim)
1 – 2×6 @ 69″ (base of panel)
2 – 2×4 @ 48″ (legs)
1 – 1×3 @ 78″ (top of headboard)
Cut your moulding to fit your bed exactly

I started by cutting the panel boards and sanding the edges.

Farmhouse headboard

I held the boards in my hand while sanding down the edges that would be seen, to give them a more defined “plank” look.

DIY farmhouse headboard tutorial

I bought a carpenter’s square to make sure the panel was square before I nailed in the trim. I took this picture before I had all of the panel widths figured out. I had to go back to Lowe’s to get the extra 1×3 piece to make the middle panel piece.

how to make a farmhouse headboard

Here you can see the 1×3 middle panel piece that I used. I have six wider panels on each side, so it still looks good. And you can see how the sanded edges give the panels more definition and “plankness.” Yes, I just made up a word.

DIY Ana White farmhouse bed headboard tutorial

After everything was nailed in I used wood putty to fill the holes. And primed the whole piece with my favorite primer: Zinsser Cover Stain Primer. I use it on all of my projects that need primer. And since it’s oil based, I buy cheap brushes and throw them away. I don’t like dealing with paint thinner. No thanks!

zinsser cover stain prime

You’ll also want to use this primer in a well-ventilated area. The garage works perfectly.

Once the primer dried, I gave it two coats of Antique White by Sherwin Williams. It’s the same color I used for the bed side tables. And I had lots of paint leftover from that project, so I had all of the paint on hand. Yay!

finished farmhouse headboard

There really is nothing like taking a pile of lumber from the hardware store and creating something beautiful for your home! It brings me such a sense of satisfaction.

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  1. Thanks so much for linking to Make the Scene Monday @ Alderberry Hill. You are being featured this evening!
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  2. Hi Laura, Great Job! It does feel so good to create something so nice for your home. Everytime I look at something I created it makes me smile! Your headboard is beautiful!!

    1. Hi Jenica, I’ll have to get back to you on that one. But I’m going to price it out at Lowe’s this week as I’m making on for a friend. So I’ll comment back later this week and let you know! Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment!

  3. You did such a beautiful job on that headboard, Laura! (I love your wall color, too.) Such a pretty room.

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  5. ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!! I want a headboard like that!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  6. Love the headboard! I had pinned your ikea hack side tables a while back and recognized them in the picture. I just pinned your headboard while participating in the Just us Four Pinterest Party. I’m contemplating similar projects for my guestroom and master bedroom. I really want to do an Ana White headboard for the master bed. I have a Rast drawer that I also want to hack. Thinking of something similar to yours. šŸ™‚

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