Creating a vintage headboard is an easy, fun, and affordable project. While it is not difficult, you need to pay attention to the small details for a professional look. This vintage tin headboard project should cost you about $100 depending on what materials you already have.
To Make a Vintage Tin Inspired Headboard You Will Need:
2 Large Picture Hooks
2″ Finishing Nails
Embossed wallpaper is the key to this entire project. You can buy a roll of embossed wallpaper at any Home Depot or Lowe’s. They range from $14.99 to $19.99 per roll. It applies just like regular wallpaper, but you can buy it in any many traditional styles that mimic tin ceiling patterns, bead board, and even brick. For this project buy a roll that looks like a tin ceiling pattern.
The next step is to measure your bed. You need to now how wide your bed is so that you can have your MDF cut to size.
Almost any home improvement store will cut wood and MDF; you just need to give them the measurements. Have the MDF cut to about 3 feet tall. You can decide how tall you want your own headboard to be, but it will look best if the width is as wide as your bed.
While you are at the home improvement store have a piece of crown molding cut to the same width as your head board. It will save you form having to cut it yourself later when you assemble your vintage tin headboard.
Now, the first thing you need to do is prime the MDF and crown molding. Let these dry.
Once the primer has dried you can apply your embossed wallpaper to the MDF. Work from the inside out if your paper is not the same width as your headboard. This will make sure you end up with an even looking headboard.
Allow your wall paper to dry completely and then prime it again.
Attach the crown molding to the top of the headboard with wood glue. Use 2 inch finishing nails to hold it in place while the glue is drying.
Now, paint the entire vintage tin inspired headboard out in white paint. You can use any color if you want, but white is nice. I recommend white semi gloss paint so you can easily wipe it down and clean it. This is especially useful if this vintage headboard is going in a child’s room.
Once the entire headboard has dried flip it over on a flat surface face side down. On each side of the headboard, about four inches in from the side, attach your picture hanging hooks. This is how you wall hang the custom headboard on the wall.
Drill your screws into the wall and hang your vintage headboard from the hooks.
Here are lots of extra details you can give to this vintage inspired headboard to make it really unique:
-For an aged look you can rub wood stain on the finished product. Use a clean white rag to wipe any excess off.
-You can also seal the entire project with a coat of tinted wood wax. This will make your handy work last for years to come.
-For some added shine paint the entire vintage headboard out in silver paint. Lightly rub it with wood stain to give an aged appearance. This will really make it look like of vintage tin.
-For a rusted look you can purchase on of those faux rust kits in the paint section. You apply a coat of the black paint and then the rusting medium. You could just do this periodically around parts of the headboard to age it.