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“Mommy, I want a headboard, too!” When our son moved into our daughter’s room, he had instant headboard envy. They are both sleeping much better now that they share a room, but C’s headboard envy has not gone away! Jo has a large storage headboard with a light that she uses to play or look at books for a few minutes before bed. I browsed online stores for a headboard and got sticker shock. I would not pay $100+ for a headboard that he didn’t really need! Instead, here’s how you can make this half crate DIY headboard for under $25!
We use wooden crates throughout our home. I love the rustic look, and these are so fun to customize for any room! Wood half crates are the perfect size and depth for this headboard project. For a twin bed, you’ll need three wooden half crates. C loves blue, so I selected chalky finish spray paint for a matte look.
Wood crates are rough when you first purchase them, so these will need a good sanding before painting. I used an angled sanding block to smooth out rough edges. We don’t need anyone getting slivers from a headboard!
Once the crate is smooth, you can wipe with a damp cloth or a tack cloth, which is used specifically for woodworking projects. Pro tip: if you use a tack cloth, wear a rubber glove on your hand so that you don’t need to worry about trying to get tackiness off your hands after you’re done!
Now you’re ready to paint! Select a location with a lot of air. I prefer to do this in my front yard with a large piece of cardboard underneath. Apply a thorough coat of spray paint. Allow it to dry overnight, then flip the crates over and paint the other side.
Wait 24 hours for the paint to cure completely before you attach these crates to the wall. My husband attached each crate to the wall with drywall screws, and attached a battery-operated LED light to the top so our son has a light like his sister!
I love the price and that we were able to customize it for our son! Which color will you paint your wood half crate headboard?
Here’s how I created this for under $25:
Wood Half Crates on sale for $5.99 each at a craft store, purchased with 20% off coupon
Krylon Chalky Finish Spray Paint in Tidal Blue, $8 at local craft store
Tack cloth, $1 at local hardware store
Reused an angled sanding block left over from another project
Light repurposed from using it to light a dark closet in our old apartment
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