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Old 01-18-2017, 07:30 PM   #1
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We have pretty much been settled in since all the repairs from the flood. The whole house is complete except for the spare bedroom that we keep random stuff in and an air mattress with mismatched sheets.

My wife has family coming into town for a wedding in February and it's our new goal to get the room in order so one of her cousins and her husband can stay with us. We went and bought a mattress, box spring and frame. She had plans of getting a headboard from a local store but didn't find any we liked. So we decided we would go home and search online.

Well the next day I was flooded with about 15 pictures of headboards my wife liked. And after looking at the prices I flipped. I made the mistake of telling my wife " I can't believe those are so expensive! I could make that for under $50". You can guess how the conversation ended.

Here is the picture/idea we decided on


Here is the pile of pallets I have access to at work


I took about 8 home and took apart half of them. Other than that this is where we stand tonight.




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Old 01-18-2017, 08:25 PM   #2
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Looks like a solid and simple plan. Keep us posted on how she turns out.

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Old 01-18-2017, 08:29 PM   #3
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Looks good
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Old 01-18-2017, 08:31 PM   #4
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I don't like pallet wood as I don't know what chemicals may be soaked into the wood. I have a local fence builder who lets me scavenge in his tear-out piles and I get lots of cedar from him.
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Old 01-18-2017, 09:02 PM   #5
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Good luck....I have to build one as well this weekend....trying to decide between these two ideas




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Old 01-18-2017, 09:15 PM   #6
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Make sure to look up the pallet codes. They will tell you wood type, and how it was treated. Some of those have some nasty stuff in them.
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Old 01-18-2017, 09:26 PM   #7
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Make sure to look up the pallet codes. They will tell you wood type, and how it was treated. Some of those have some nasty stuff in them.


Yeah I did. Most of them are just plain Jane pallets for wire. I plan on cleaning whatever boards I use with bleach/soap mixture before use. I also plan on using a natural stain and a couple coats of satin poly to seal anything in that might stay behind.


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Old 01-19-2017, 05:48 PM   #8
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Ok took multiple attempts to get the boards laid out the way my wife liked them. But here's how it sits after today. Still need to install the boards on the left and right side to cover the ends and also need to clean, light sand, and stain/seal it all.







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Old 01-19-2017, 06:41 PM   #9
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Dang that looks good

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Old 01-19-2017, 06:49 PM   #10
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Looks nice


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Old 01-19-2017, 06:54 PM   #11
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Dumb question, but did you use a nail gun to put the pallet pieces on or use a glue?
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Old 01-19-2017, 07:06 PM   #12
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I really like that alot. Great job
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Old 01-19-2017, 07:29 PM   #13
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Dumb question, but did you use a nail gun to put the pallet pieces on or use a glue?


I used an 18ga finish nailer. The nails you see are from the original pallets.


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Old 01-19-2017, 07:29 PM   #14
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Dang that looks good

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Thanks bud. It will be just a bit darker once stained


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Old 01-19-2017, 07:40 PM   #15
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Nice.
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Old 01-19-2017, 08:01 PM   #16
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Here is a picture of how the lighting in my garage makes it look. This is the color I'm going for. I'm gonna try and knock some of that red from the cedar down some.



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Old 01-19-2017, 08:10 PM   #17
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Nice!
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Old 01-19-2017, 08:23 PM   #18
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Looks good---hope the wife likes it.
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Old 01-19-2017, 08:47 PM   #19
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Looks awesome!
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Old 01-20-2017, 01:50 PM   #20
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Awesome work. I like the one with the lights on it too. My wife is after me to make a headboard, but it will be a simple one.
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Old 01-20-2017, 02:10 PM   #21
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Here are some pics after a cleaning and stain. Waiting for stain to dry before satin poly




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That looks really nice. I won't let my wife see it however !
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Old 01-20-2017, 03:37 PM   #23
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Here are some pics after a cleaning and stain. Waiting for stain to dry before satin poly




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I really like the natural coloring of the pallets but I have to say, you picked a good stain and it looks 10x better. The wife should be satisfied. If not, someone will give you at least 250 for it!

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Old 01-20-2017, 03:44 PM   #24
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Looks good. what stain did u use?
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Old 01-20-2017, 03:53 PM   #25
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Looks good. what stain did u use?


I used two parts natural one part coffee brown. I'm thinking the whole thing will look a lot richer and deeper once I poly up. I'm gonna cut my Polly down a bit to keep it from building up and I'm gonna rub it on like stain. I figure 2-3 coats should do it

Here is a raw board


This is the back of it with 3 coats of thinned out poly.



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Old 01-20-2017, 04:08 PM   #26
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The more I look at it.....the 3 cedar boards left center and right are really annoying me. They turned purpleish and i think it looks like crap. I might replace them with a cedar picket that is more yellow instead of red. Opinions?????


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I think it looks just fine, at least from the pics.
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Old 01-21-2017, 07:04 AM   #28
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I think it looks great! Cool idea
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Old 01-21-2017, 07:09 AM   #29
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Leave it alone. It has so much character like it is. Plus those darker boards tie in with your flooring really well. At the very least look at it in the house before changing it.
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Old 01-21-2017, 07:46 AM   #30
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Leave it alone. It has so much character like it is. Plus those darker boards tie in with your flooring really well. At the very least look at it in the house before changing it.


Ok good idea. I'm gonna bring it in before I poly it this morning


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Old 01-21-2017, 11:33 AM   #31
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Ok so I went out and started carrying it in and my wife told me not to waste my time! Lol. So I put 2 coats of poly on it and now I will let it dry overnight before bringing it in. I also started toying around with with a top I might use for the night stand. I've kinda taken on the mind set of "whatever if we don't like it someone else might buy it."

Let the freestyle building begin!!!






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Old 01-21-2017, 12:44 PM   #32
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Old 01-21-2017, 03:33 PM   #33
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Finished mine up today




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Old 01-21-2017, 03:48 PM   #34
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Looks great bro! Where did you get those night stands?


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Looks great bro! Where did you get those night stands?


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I didn't go as fancy as you!!! I believe we got them at home goods years ago


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I didn't go as fancy as you!!! I believe we got them at home goods years ago


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What stain did you use? I like it



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Old 01-21-2017, 04:07 PM   #37
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Rustoleum Kona color


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Wow that turned out great!
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Ok guys. Got it all setup and installed. I think the colors turned out great. Not sure why I was second guessing. Still need a night stand and rug maybe. I might work on the nightstand after church.



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Looks awesome great idea
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Looks nice!


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Old 01-22-2017, 08:50 PM   #42
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So I finished up the nightstand this afternoon after church. We decided to stain it with a white stain. I distressed it a little with some sand paper afterwards. I'm spraying some clear on it now and will post some pics after the final coat. So here is before and after pics.








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Old 01-22-2017, 09:09 PM   #43
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Here are the pics after the clear.






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Well done, looks very nice!!!!!!!!
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You Guys are INGENIOUS ..thx for sharing
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Old 02-28-2017, 09:34 PM   #47
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really liked the pallet wood
my attempt with cheap wood from HD
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Old 03-05-2017, 10:16 AM   #50
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Very nice work and results!
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