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DIY Headboard

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A one-of-a-kind headboard will be the centerpiece of your bedroom! With just a few basic pieces from the hardware store and some Rust-Oleum spray paint, you can make a DIY headboard to hang behind any bed.



Project Steps

Step 1
Shake your can of Rust-Oleum Stops Rust Universal Bonding Primer for one minute after the mixing ball rattles. Spray the primer on one side of the luan backboard in slow, back-and-forth motions, overlapping each stroke for best coverage. Let the paint primer dry for approximately 30 minutes.


Step 2
Apply Rust-Oleum Stops Rust Protective Enamel Spray Paint (we used Gloss Deep Slate) over the primed luan backboard, using the same method as the primer application. Let dry for approximately 30 minutes. If a second coat is needed, apply within one hour or after 48 hours. 


Step 3
Spray the metal pieces with the Rust-Oleum Universal Metallic Spray Paint (we used Copper Rose) in steady motions to cover the entire piece. Let all pieces dry for approximately 1 hour.


Step 4
Once all painted pieces are dry to the touch (not tacky), lay them out on the luan and measure equal spacing. 


Step 5
Attach wood trim pieces to the luan with a hammer and nail, making sure to connect the perforated metal in between. 


Step 6
Attach hook and eye hardware to each side of the back of the luan and string hanging wire between them.


Step 7
Hang your completed DIY headboard above your bed and enjoy!