Joanna Gaines Inspired Pallet Headboard
If you are joining me today via the Remodelaholic Blog Hop- Welcome! I’m so glad you stopped in. Remodelaholic is kicking off Pallet Aplenty Week with a Pallet Challenge that includes myself and 8 other lovely bloggers. There’s also a week long link party, and a bunch more pallet inspiration coming your way over on Remodelaholic. I’m so happy to be a part of the fun! Today I am sharing all of the details behind my Joanna Gaines Inspired Pallet Headboard.
For this bed frame I was inspired by Joanna’s beautiful style- which always has a healthy helping of shiplap. I had a pallet wood project on my brain- and knew I wanted to make a headboard- but didn’t want it to look like I stuck a pallet to the wall. I pulled out some loose leaf, and jotted a few ideas down. I created this scallop headboard using stair spindles, plywood and pallet boards. The boards resemble shiplap- and of course, to truly be inspired by Mrs. Gaines- I needed a liberal coat of white paint! I am so, so, so pleased with how this sweet little piece turned out- and today I am sharing the entire process so that you can recreate the look yourself.
This took me about 4 hrs to make- with kids awake ( I have three 8 and under)- so, I’d say it’s quite a simple project. It is also so inexpensive- I had all the supplies on hand because #woodscraphoarder-but even if you purchased adhesive, spindles and plywood- it would still be a very affordable project- I’m thinking well under $40. Technically I had all the supplies but the pallet wood- my hubby picked up a free pallet from HD- and we cut the boards using a reciprocating saw.
To determine the size of the headboard I used this handy chart from Remodelaholic. My plans are for a twin headboard with a finished width of 43 1/2″, and a finished height of 53″.
So how did I go from this…
Let me show you!
Joanna Gaines Inspired Pallet Headboard
- 1/4″ 4×4 plywood sheet
- 2 square spindles, measuring 42″
- 1 Pallet
- No More Nails
- Brad Nails (and Gun)
- Wrapping or Kraft Paper
- Jig Saw
- Tape Measure
- Skill Saw or Chop Saw
- Sharpie and Pencil
- Optional: Reciprocating Saw
The finished width of this headboard is 43 1/2 inches. The finished height is 53″. It is designed to be used with a twin mattress.
Step 1: Prepare the Backer Board.
I used 1/4″ plywood- because I had a scrap piece- MDF would also work. Measure your board to 43 1/2 inches wide by 24 inches long. Cut. This piece will be the backer for your pallet boards to attach to. Measure from the top down and Mark your board at 11″ from the top. This will be where the top of the spindles sit- which means the scallop will sit above this line.
Measure 1 1/2 inches in from the outside edge on either side, and mark the line. This is where the spindles and pallet boards will butt up.
Step 2: Create a Template.
Cut a piece of paper (I used wrapping paper) to the width of your headboard.
Measure down 11″ so you know where your scallop will need to end.
Fold the paper in half then freehand your scallop detail. I drew a few design options on a small piece of notebook paper first.
Cut out your template and unfold.
Step 3: Transfer Template to Plywood.
Position your template on the plywood, making sure it is level, then tape it in place. Using a sharpie transfer your design onto the plywood by tracing the outline. FLIP OVER.
Step 5: Position Boards
Lay out your boards and make any necessary cuts. You may want to make a pencil outline of the template on this side of the plywood if you are trying to be resourceful with the boards. I was only able to get a small pallet- so I had to lay out the boards wisely.
Step 6: Attach Pallet Boards
Begin attaching boards using No More Nails adhesive and brad nails. Take care not to overlap the spindle leg guide line. Let glue dry completely. Be sure sharpie outline is on the back of the board.
Step 7: Cut Scallop Detail
Flip the headboard over so that the pallet boards are facing down, and the plywood side with the sharpie outline is facing up.
Carefully cut along the outline using a jigsaw.
(a view after one side has been cut with the jigsaw)
Step 8: Sand
Sand the face of the boards, as well as the cut edges. Make sure there are no nail heads sticking out prior to sanding.
Step 8: Attach Legs
Butt legs up to pallet boards. Attach using No More Nails Adhesive and brad nails, and screws in through the back. Allow to dry completely.
Step 9: Finish and Seal.
You may decide to sand your boards and either paint, seal with a clear coat, or leave untreated.
Clear Coat using Mineral Oil
Coat of Flat White Paint
I hope you found a little inspiration here today- if you choose to build a head board with this tutorial I would love for you to tag me on instagram or facebook! I’ve got all of the other pallet projects linked up below- so be sure to show them some love. I adore the little spice rack. If you have a pallet project- you can join in on the fun by sharing on the week long pallet link party here, or use the hashtag #palletsaplenty on instagram.
spice rack | Red Cottage Chronicles
scalloped headboard | This Mama’s Dance
stacked pallet coffee table | AD Aesthetic
rustic pallet wood crown molding | The Weathered Fox
under bed toy storage | Our House Now a Home
outdoor coffee table with drink cooler | Remodelaholic
outdoor pallet bar | Our Crafty Mom
hexagon side table | Lemon Thistle
paper roll pallet memo board | Cupcakes and Crinoline