Rustic Headboard {aged wood}

Tuesday / 92 comments
Our boys have always shared a room and had bunk beds. When we moved we gained an extra bedroom.  We are using this space for our teen's bedroom and a room for guests.  We bought a Queen bed set but it needed a headboard. So Ana-White to the rescue. Love her plans.




The bed was made using the Reclaimed wood plans in queen size.  When I went to the lumber yard I asked for the cheapest wood they had. The total cost for the wood was $35!!   Amazing!  I like getting my wood from a lumber yard because I find it much easier than a big store.  I just go in and tell them what I'm making and give them my wood list.  They can give you advice and help you choose the best wood for your project.  Then you pay and drive around back and they pick the boards and load it up in the car. No hauling wood through a huge store with toddlers!


I thought I wanted the headboard white so I painted it. Then I hated it but wasn't really sure why so I just left that room alone for a few months and ignored it. Then one day I found a really old trunk at Goodwill for $20 and decided to use that for inspiration for the room and distress the headboard.


So I used citistrip and stripped a few layers of paint off the newly painted headboard. I also had to put up with much teasing from my husband that I was redoing a piece of furniture that I had just painted. I didn't take all the paint off because I thought a little paint left would give it a cool distressed look.  Then I made the same vinegar/steel wool mixture I used on the farmhouse desk in his room.  You make the mix by putting a few steel wool pads in a mason jar and then covering the pads with vinegar.  Then leave the jar in the garage for a few days so the steel wool can dissolve a little into the vinegar.


I brewed 8 bags of tea and wiped it onto the headboard with a washcloth and let it dry overnigh

Then I applied the vinegar/steel wool mix with a paintbrush. I did two applications of it and then rinsed the residue off with a clean wash cloth and clear water. I did it on the lawn because I think this stuff will stain other stuff.


I finished it off with a coat of Annie Sloan clear wax. Love that stuff. It is about $30 a can but it goes super far. So far I have used it on a desk, 2 headboards and a bookshelf and I still have about 1/3 of the can left.


Love how there is still paint left so glad I didn't strip it all off. I think it gives it a cool texture.


Now I just need some pillows and accessories. Would you put anything else above the bed? I can't quite decide.


Have you ever painted something and regretted it soon after?

92 comments:

  1. Brook it's beautiful. I'm smack in the middle of MB redo so headboards are on my mind, this one is bookmarked for inspiration. Thank you for the great idea.

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  2. I love it! I don't think I'd put anything else on the bed because it might take attention away from the headboard, which is the real star here. :o)

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  3. Great job! You did an excellent job on making this headboard rustic. And great pictures as well.

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  4. This is beautiful! You did an amazing job :)

    Jenny
    www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

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  5. Wow! Great work! I agree, it looks so great distressed, so much more character. Beautiful!

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  6. That looks so awesome!! WOW tea bags to distress?! Great job! I will be begging my husband to make me one!! I would love for you to come link up today at Coffee and Conversation!

    Passionatelyperfect.com

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  7. wow!!! very impressive!!! This makes me want to go home and rework our headboard!! I'm pinning it!!

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  8. Michelle @ Sweet Something DesignNovember 10, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    That turned out fantastic, your second go round looks perfect.

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  9. WOW! Love the treatment on the headboard.

    Thanks so much for linking this up on Thirfty Thursdays!!

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  10. Love the rustic look of it. Great job! :)

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  11. Absolutely perfect job on the headboard. I am your newest fan. Please stop by my blog for a great sailboat give-a-way. Would love to hear from you. Sherron
    http://smallholdings.blogspot.com

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  12. Totally dig the distressed look! Yay for Rustic Headboards...I just made one out of a reclaimed Truss...

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  13. That looks awesome! Not sure if it would work in my house though.

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  14. I absolutely adore that headboard! Great job!!

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  15. I love how you changed it up by distressing it but I have to admire the whole endeaver! You did a great job on making the headboard too! Would you link it up my party??

    http://daysofchalkandchocolate.blogspot.com/2011/11/blog-love.html

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  16. Love this! I've also used the vinegar/steel wool stain on some items and I love it! The headboard looks wonderful :)

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  17. Love it! I really need to try the steel wool trick ;) Your room looks awesome. Great work!

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  18. Oh. Wow. This is absolutely amazing! What a gorgeous, statement-making headboard! I'd be thrilled if you'd come and link this up to the Head to Head Showdown, going on right now at www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

    ~Jen

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  19. I love this!!! You did an amazing job!!

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  20. Love it! I did'nt know about the vinegar mix :) Thanks for sharing :)

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  21. Wonderful. I think it looks amazing. And having your hubby laugh is just an added bonus of providing someone else some pleasure.
    From one military wife to another- tell you hubby thanks for all he does and thanks to you for towing the line when he is gone.
    tammy

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  22. This headboard is jaw-dropping gorgeous!

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  23. I'm impressed! You did a great job. And by the way, I have a trunk just like yours.

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  24. Girl you have got mad skills-this headboard turned out FANTASTIC!! I like yours better than the one from pottery barn. Love all of the teqniques that you used. Great job!
    Lindsay
    Country Girl Home

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  25. brooke,
    this is perfect for this room.-love the easy peasy way of using vinegar & steel wool to age the wood. i sometimes have to let an idea "incubate" a while before i proceed, much like what you did with this headboard. there's been many a time that i've fuddle up a project but that's how i've learned to roll with it and usually it develops into an even better idea.
    i love the C above the bed as is.
    judi

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  26. I think that the patina is beautiful!

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  27. Brook - the paint/distressing you did on that bed is just awesome! I love the soft gray/brown vintage look you gave it! Thanks for the tips on how you did it! I'm saving this one for future projects! :)

    xoxo laurie

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  28. I am in love with this headboard. My mom gave me an oak headboard about 5 years ago to use in my guestroom, but the other day she told me that she doesn't want me to paint it. I'll have to give her back the one she gave me so that I can get one that I can paint. You've inspired me... maybe this will be a Christmas holidays project! Great job!!!!

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  29. I love what you did with the headboard! I think I will try to talk my son into something like this for his room. :)
    Kari

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  30. i saw your headboard on pinterest.com and fell. in. love. definitely on the 'to do' list...the staining technique you used is awesome!!! thanks for sharing :)
    Stella

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  31. This is such a great idea! Thank you so much for linking up!

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  32. Love it! Thanks for showing how you achieved the look....I'm going to try this!!

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  33. [...] new, inexpensive headboard for her son’s room and desiring a rustic, aged aesthetic, Brook of Being Brook, created one from scratch.  Instead of heading to one of the typical big chains, she elected to go [...]

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  34. Swoon! Loving this! Absolutely, positively LOVE it. What a great project. Thanks so much for sharing! I would leave the letter above the bed. It makes a cool statement, but allows the bed to be the showcase. :-)

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  35. [...] one in every room of my house! This is the one in my teen son’s bedroom. The one with the Rustic headboard and Farmhouse [...]

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  36. This turned out simply fabulous! New follower :) Thanks for a sharing such cuteness!

    Kate of www.avery-anderson.blogspot.com

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  37. Love it! This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing it.

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  38. Love this headboard, it has the right mix of rustic and shabby. Gotta do this.

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  39. I love it! Definitely putting this in my "someday" file :)

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  40. Oh I just love this! I used it on our dinning table it's the best for raw wood. I love how the left over paint gives it such a cool feel too! I love happy accident :) beautiful job

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  41. Your headboard looks great. I really like the tea stain finish. Great job and great inspiration here!

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  42. This looks authentically aged! It is gorgeous!

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  43. I love the finish. Great job.

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  44. Awesome job! I have an old headboard that needs an update and this is perfect--thank you!

    To add a suggestion, I wouldn't add anything else above the bed, I think the "C" is simple, but impactful. I would consider changing the light fixture though to draw your eye up and add more of a statement to the center of the room over the trunk. Maybe a vintage chandelier.. Just a suggestion!

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  45. [...] Being Brook created this beautiful rustic wood headboard for just $35.00.  She has a lot of beautiful pictures of her new headboard and shares how she made it.  [...]

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  46. [...] finish on this rustic aged wood headboard from Being Brooke is simply amazing.  And it’s not really old wood…it’s new wood that’s been treated in a [...]

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  47. I did something very similar with my kitchen table... that I had just painted less than a year ago=) But I'm LOVING it now.. so I think I'll keep it awhile=) Your headboard looks truly fabulous!

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  48. [...] #3-Teen Rustic Headboard. The vinegar-steel wool-tea combo has been one of my coolest discoveries this year. Love the aged looked. Can’t beat the $35 that the headboard cost to build! [...]

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  49. Where did you get the "C" from? I love it!

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  50. an old beveled mirror hung on it's chain will give the wall some sparkle and reflect your window light; I love mine...

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  51. oh, and yes, someone else suggested changing that light fixture; find something retro or farmhouse-y or haul out the spray paint; I've painted almost all the old gold fixtures in my house and am glad I did; used a oil rubbed bronze in the bathroom and fantastic!

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  52. This is the exact look I want for our stairwell going to our basement. However, it is a much larger surface area than a headboard. I was just wondering if, after doing all of the steps yourself, if you can recommend a way of achieving the same look with less steps. The part I'm really trying to avoid is using that gel paint stripper. Thanks in advance!

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  53. [...] headboard from Being Brooke is actually made out of new lumber, but she used an interesting technique to give it a perfectly [...]

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  54. [...] 02/27/2012 By Brook Leave a Comment I have been on the hunt for the perfect light fixture for my teenager’s room.  I finally found one at Ikea that was the right price but was too big so I’m going to show [...]

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  55. [...] aging technique to give the bed the rustic look.  I did the same technique for my teenager’s rustic headboard, and farmhouse desk.  I rip up a couple of steel wool pads and put them in a mason jar and pour [...]

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  56. This is gorgeous! My husband and I got all excited and tried to find a lumber yard but they mostly worked with cabinet shops and didn't have those size boards. When we priced out the wood at Lowe's it was over $150 just for lumber! Hoping to find another alternative. We are in Northeast Florida, does anyone have any ideas/tips for us on cheap lumber? Our tool selection is limited so we really need to go off of this "shopping list". Thanks in advance!

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  57. I found your blog through a pinterest.com post, and I loved the headboard. I was curious where you found the plans to make that particular headboard. If you could forward those to me I'd be forever grateful!! : ) bethborden@yahoo.com
    Thanks!!!

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  58. The headboard looks great!! Found you on pinterest.

    Jen
    athomeinthenorthwestblog.com

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  59. I found you from Pinterest and love the finish on the headboard!!!....I'm planning on attempting this with a table!...thanks for sharing the details!!!

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  60. Do you have the measurements for a Full Size headboard? Would you share how much wood to get? Thanks

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  61. [...] The pallet wasn’t too bad. However, I found a way to make gray stain using steel wool and vinegar. I followed the instructions and it came out browner than I had hoped, but I don’t feel like doing it again. Here are the instructions for that http://beingbrook.com/rustic-headboard-aged-wood/ [...]

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  62. [...] the “BOYS” sign out of some scrap wood and then stained it with my favorite tea, steel wool and vinegar stain.  It’s always a surprise to see how it turns out.  This time it was more [...]

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  63. Love your headboard. If you ever need to remove paint use a heat gun and a paint scraper. It works well, you can get one for about $20 and is reuseable it has saved me big bucks.

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  64. It looks terrific. Love the tea stain idea before the steel wool and vinegar. I'm going to try it.

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  65. Thanks for the tip! I'll have to try that next time!

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  66. That is EXACTLY the color/finish I have been wanting to achieve on a couple pieces that I have!! AWESOME! Thank you thank you, I can't wait to try it!!

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  67. LOVE IT!!! My daughter would like something like this in her apartment at college, but I'm new at this. Could you give me the size boards you used for the different sections of the headboard? It looks beautiful!

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  68. I used step by step plans from Ana White. The queen size is right here http://ana-white.com/2010/03/plans-mason-headboard-its-all-in-finish.html

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  69. That's an awesome technique and it turned out just amazing. Megan

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  70. Love it! Where did you find the letter "C" hanging above the bed. Been looking for something exactly like that!

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  71. Is the wax necessary? Thanks!!

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  72. This is the color of stained wood I love. I'm definitely doing this when I made my headboard.

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  73. this is beautiful! Do you have a material list or blueprints of making? thanks

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  74. I love it...can"t wait to share with my sister! My only advice would be to take down the light fixture and spray paint it an oil rubbed bronze!! thanks for sharing

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  75. I didn't read all of the comments so this may have been mentioned, but the only thing I would add would be a rustic chandelier! The headboard is awesome!

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  76. This headboard looks perfect and I really like just the letter above it!

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  77. I love it! Maybe it is just crown molding around the ceiling that is missing.

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  78. I love your headboard. It appears that there is a thicker board (or perhaps two on top of each other) because it "sticks out". I love that look; did you only do that on the top board and rest are flush? Suz

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  79. Great work Brook! I really love this headboard and may borrow the idea for our own bed while adding a foot-board to match.

    As a new DIY'er with a blog in development I am approaching a project now that has me a little baffled on the distressed coloring. I am modeling it after the box in the link below but after reading your post here I'm uncertain if I should prime it black then over-coat with green, then use water/ammonia to run out the worn areas of green OR use your approach and paint it green then use the steel wool/vinegar.

    Any ideas? Box I'm trying to make: http://img2.etsystatic.com/000/0/5996823/il_fullxfull.312821842.jpg

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  80. I also wanted to ask since you used the Ana White headboard plans. If I read them correctly, the frame would attach to this on nothing more than a 1x3 plank of wood (front of leg). Has this proven to be strong enough or did you reinforce it somehow to last longer?

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  81. hi, i really like what you have done here. would you please tell me what kind of paint layer did you have underneath the stain,,,acrylic, oil ?

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  83. I didn't go to the lumber yard for my wood, so it ended up costing $70.00 for my headboard! Just sayin!!

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  84. My headboard just cost me $70.00...................just sayin!

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  85. I would add a really pretty chandelier, possibly something with an old world flair. Nothing too fancy. The lighting fixture in the pic looks way too contemporary. Great job!

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  86. Just a question, did you wipe the tea bags directly on the wood or the brewed tea??

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  87. Hi!

    If I wanted to have a turqoise distressed wood fence, would I paint the fence turquoise first? I want the wood to show through not too too turquoise. What about painting it white like you did and then turquoise? Is that too much work? How do you think it would look? Can I use any kind of wood? Thanks!

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  88. The headboard is excellent. But the white wardrobe is a little bit humdrum against the beautiful headboard. Why you don´t make this wardrobe also like the headboard?
    Hester

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