First I started with two stair posts as the outer edges for the headboard. Then I decided I wanted to build the center board out of smaller boards put together to give it a more rustic feel. I bought those 2in wide and 5 feet long. I used 7 of them wood glued together....and then clamped them until they held.
I added another 2 inch wide board along the side of the stair posts so that I would have more of a frame to place the headboard piece on.
I then sanded it all smooth.
Then I put it together to make sure my design would work. And it did!!! Now the fun part (sarcastically...haha!), I got to take it back apart again and begin staining it.
I used a Minwax Antique Walnut color stain. I added three coats of stain, sanding between each!
Above is basically the color it ended up!
As you can see this is for my Daughter's room. Worked great and all for less than $75! You can't beat that. I had $60 in wood, $10 in stain, and another $5 in hardware!
I'm pretty happy with it. Excited that I did it myself! You too can do it yourself!!!