Wood Palette Headboard

I recently made an unexpected trip to my moms house and noticed they had 6 wood palettes stacked on the side of their house that they intended to cut up for firewood this weekend.  I couldn’t steal all their firewood, but I couldn’t help myself to throw 2 of these puppies in my car before I left.

DIY wood palette headboard

Our weekend plans got cancelled due to the weather which meant we had a completely open weekend to get some projects done, first on the list- our guest room.  I’ve had every intention of creating  an upholstered headboard for it but recently my hubby mentioned he liked the idea of creating a palette board headboard (I have no clue where he got that as its not like he’s on Pinterest seeing the swarms of palette board creations)  I must admit, this wasn’t my first choice, but I have to let my project funder husband win sometimes, so I gave in and thought these new palettes would be perfect… I am so happy glad he came up with the idea as the results are just wonderful.

Wood Palette Headboard

Let me first start out by saying these palette boards were ROUGH, not in rough condition, but very course to the touch.  I wasn’t confident the wood would even be usable when I first brought them home.

Wood Palette Headbard

The first thing we did was give the palettes a coat of a paint/water mixture I made.  I mixed 1 part paint (some left over light gray I had from Colin’s bathroom) and 2 parts water.  The result is a very runny solution.

painting wood palettes

I used a large brush and covered all of the the boards.  I’ve read about all the headaches of removing the planks so we just decided to keep the boards on tact.  I realize this is not the preference of everyone, but I kind of like the rustic look.

palettes after painting

Once the boards were dry, we then use an electric sander on them.  We used a 60 grit on all the board, sides, tops etc.  I was SHOCKED at how smooth the sanding really made the boards.  We wanted to still leave some knots and grooves to keep the character, but we really could have made the boards smooth as could be had we wanted to.  We tried to find the balance between practical and rustic.

sanding wood palettes

Once we were done, we had certainly removed a lot of the paint, but there were still spots that were still that grayish whitewash.

wood palette headboard

Next we applied a coat of Minwax Classic Gray stain.  I haven’t seen this stuff at Lowes, so if you’re looking for it, check Home Depot first.  Let me just say, this stuff is amazing if you are looking for that Restoration Hardware aged gray wood look.  Its my new favorite product and I can’t wait to see it again.

Gray Wood Stain

We put it on with a brush and wiped off excess with a brush until we received our desired color.  This stain is oil based so I just threw away all items I used to put on the stain.  The odor of this stain is VERY strong so we let the boards sit out over-night.

Gray Stain wood palettes wood stain for wood palettes

Then we drug them upstairs and lined them up behind the bed.  The stain was still a little wet due to the damp weather out back so I did not press any of the sheets against the bed and put the fan on high overnight to continue to dry/air them out.

We pre-drilled some holes (on an angle) and screwed the boards into the wall.  Since they were not hanging and really could support themselves we were not concerned about using wall anchors or anything more than simple drywall screws to secure them.

The result is just amazing.  And the total project cost less than $10 (cost of stain and one pack of sandpaper)

Wood Palette Headboard

Going into this project, I decided the nightstands (that I previously painted dark gray and distressed) would look prettier in a soft cream with no distressing.  They no longer needed to be such a focal point  of the room and I felt like between the headboard and the striped walls, I need them to be more subtle, they are in the process of getting repainted now.

In the meantime..I can just enjoy my fabulous rustic wood palette headboard.

Wood Palette Headboard DIY wood palette Headboard

 

Have you dabbled in to the world of palette boards?  Do you think its a silly fad or fantastic DIY idea.

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48 thoughts on “Wood Palette Headboard

    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      I am glad you think they were nice because they were SO ROUGH when we got them. Ha! They were in great condition, but the wood was so rough, the electric sander was my friend for sure on this one. Funny, since my post about bringing in the yellow to this room (which I did paint the armoire yellow as well this weekend, just finishing up the hardware) I’m now leaning towards your suggesting on the silver task lamps. I am thinking they will look so hot with the new headboard, especially since I’m paining the nightstands now cream. Thanks again for you great suggestion, I like the you went out of my ‘decor thought box’ and introduced something totally different.

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      1. Jennifer

        Haha, well, nice by wood pallet standards. We pick em up lots to make outdoor fires so I’m used to seeing some pretty shabby ones. When I thought of those metal task lamps I was also thinking of some distressed beachy wood so I think we’re sorta on the same page! Can’t wait to see what comes next. I think a guest bedroom would be so fun to design because you can just let yourself go! I say that now but if I had one I’d probably find it daunting :P

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        1. Floridays Mom Post author

          Hahaha!!! Totally! I saw that pic the other day when I went to see where my headboard ranked on Pinterest, very similar. (of course by this point I had already committed to painting the nightstands white as well) I won’t be adding any antlers to mine though. :)

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    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Yes, they do resemble driftwood for sure (which is kind of what I was hoping for). I do think however (aside from my vintage shell prints) I’m going to go a little more industrial-shabby chic on this one. I’m going to bring in some metal (baskets, lamps, etc) and try to bring it all together.

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  1. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    Ahhhhhh! You know how much I love pallets. We have a dream of making our own bed with a pallet headboard, so this post is SO inspiring. You can’t beat that price-tag ($10?) and it’s encouraging to know that you were able to sand it down pretty smooth without losing that rustic look. I think your choice of paint / stain was perfect. There’s nothing about this piece that I don’t love!

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    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Ha! Yes I know, I still have made love for your palette board sign! I can’t begin to explain how easy the whole sanding situation was to make the headboard. I really thought we were going to be out there for hours upon hours and I was shocked how quickly it started to smooth out. I don’t think they are right for every taste or decor, but if you’re a fan of them, you have to make one because it was seriously so simple. (unless you decide to go the extra step and plank them, which then you have a whole new animal on your hands)

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    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Thanks Mom! And you were going to just burn them up..so happy I got there in time. Thanks for letting me have them. Save one or two from the next batch and we’ll make something fun for your house.

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  2. Garden, Home and Party

    Christina,
    I think that turned out to be wonderful. I love the gray and the soft look of the simple wood. Way to go to your hubby! I’ll have to check out pinterest on palate use…we just cut one up for firewood! :-)
    Karen

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    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Oh Karen, you really need to. There are so great ideas on there for creating terrific garden treasures, would be a perfect compliment to your outdoor space!

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  3. martha at MarthaLeoneDesign.com

    Hi Christina: This is a super use of palettes… one of my favorites in fact. I’ve never used the gray stain from Minwax. It produces a beautiful color… thanks for showing me what it can do in the hands of someone as talented as you. Have a great day!

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    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Wow, Thank you Martha for such kind words. This was my first time working with the gray stain as well (I think its fairly new) and I’m in love with it. I’m trying to find more places to use it.

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    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Thanks Vel! I was on the fence about the whole project and I am so happy we went for it. I didn’t think they would turn out as good as they did… Wish we had done it sooner.

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    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      I am so happy you agree Bethany. I was afraid by not taking them apart the project would maybe end up looking half-baked, but I think I like it even more.

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    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      I’m with you Julis, I feel like we always have plans every single weekend, I was so excited to have a spontaneous free weekend. Gave me so much time to get some much needed projects done. You were a busy-bee yourself, that Mirror you up up-cycled is amazing!!!!!

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  4. Kristina

    I absolutely love this headboard! Great job! I think it adds character by leaving the pallets solid! Looks awesome!….Love the horizontal stripes too! That’s my next stripe project in the entry way :) Love the settle colors of yours! Great combo :)

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    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Thank you Kristina. I posted those colors on my site when I did them and I highly recommend them for subtle stripes. So happy you like the headboard, I appreciate the compliments!

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  5. Rachelle

    Your headboard looks great! I’ve been thinking of making an upholstered headboard as well but after seeing your pallets I may be changing my mind. Great job!

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    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Hahaha… Oh how I had my heart set on an upholstered one too. Confession- I even told my hubby this was a free temporary piece until I finally got around the making the upholstered one. Now that the wood palette one is up.. It’s not going anywhere… I love it , it’s so much more us.

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    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Thanks Cristina. The gray I think is what make them.. Gives them that ‘weathered look’ I have a serious crush on Minwax Classic gray stain right now.

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    1. Floridays Mom Post author

      Thanks for stopping by Selene and thanks for the compliments. Its a super easy project that anyone can take on. If you’re considering it, you should really go for it. I thought the final product would be almost too rustic and they turned out to be quite beautiful and tranquil instead. You’ll have to let me know if you decide to make one for yourself.

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  6. Debi and Charly @ Adorned From Above

    I love this. I just pinned it. We have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this and any other posts with everyone. It runs from Tuesday night through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
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  7. Suzan

    I just LOVE this – what a great idea!
    I’ve been on a pallet board kick myself lately – just amazing what you can do with all that wood –
    Thanks so much for your comment -and for following – I am very happily following back
    ( google connect )
    Big hugs,
    Suzan

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  10. margaret hickey

    trying to find out who makes the table in the post with the brown leather couches it look square with rivets in it? thanks for any help

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