I was in the mood for building something, and my brother had recently move into a new place and needed some grown up furniture--so I decided on a headboard. I was really inspired by the planked walls I have seen around on Pinterest made out of pallets-but no way am I going to nail and glue boards up on the wall...especially for my brother since he's in a rental.
I found the plan on Ana White's website, where all the plans are free! I didn't take any pictures of the process, but the plans on the website are pretty useful. I used a nail gun to make this task go super fast. Really. Once the boards were cut, it was about 15 minutes.
Tip #1-Don't use fencing unless you want to spend a lot of hours sanding (sure its super cheap, but dang, I spent a couple hours with the palm sander). I spent about $12 in materials, but I think I should have splurged to the $20 it would have cost to buy slightly nicer lumber.
Tip #2-Don't cut the trim pieces that go around the front until AFTER you've got the horizontal boards all assembled. Ditto on the extra support piece for the leg. I cut all my wood in advance, and perhaps its my novice skill, but things didn't line up the way I would have liked. I ended up cutting a couple new pieces because the pre-cut ones were too short.
Finish-I tried what I had hoped would be a cool method for making a grey/weathered stain, but it didn't work. I put a piece of steel wool in a mason jar with white vinegar for 2 days. It ended up a nice rust color, but not grey. Maybe if I had used it sooner. Oh well.