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A Headboard for the Master Bedroom

wood screen repurposed as headboard in master bedroom.

This headboard project was previously shared at Pretty Handy Girl. Thanks so much for all your support!

It all began when I scored a cabinet in the free section of Craiglist, and when picking it up, the owner asked me if I also wanted this room screen:
brown wooden screen as a headboard


Of course! 

I said OK and ran out of there before he had time to change his mind. 

That thing is super heavy. 

It looked really nice after a good cleaning. 

Up close, not that much. 

Something was sprayed on it :( there were lots of spots all around.
Painted wooden screen using Annie Sloan Chalk paint

That's why I painted it and used it as my bedroom's headboard.

The materials and tools you will need:

  • 1 Room divider
  • Paint  (I used Anne Sloan chalk paint -Antique white)
  • Brushes
  • Sandpaper
  • 1 2 x 4 (for higher installation, cut at the same width as the room divider)
  • Drill
  • level
  • 3" screws

For the Header and side extensions (Optional)

  • 1 1 x 5 board of pine
  • 8' small decorative molding
  • 16' medium wall molding
  • pneumatic nailer
  • jigsaw


Paint the room divider. I applied two coats of ASCP on both sides, followed by a coat of clear wax and a light buff.  You can use any paint treatment you want or better yet, leave it like it is.
Old white ASCP used on wooden screen as headboard

The sandpaper was used to give it a lightly distressed look.
How to distress ASCP on wood screen

Determine the area where you want your room divider/headboard to be installed.

If you decide to install the room divider/headboard off the floor to give it more height, a 2 x 4 needs to be anchored to the studs on the wall at your desired height. Check its level line.
using a level and 2x4 the wood screen can be mounted to the wall

Once the 2 x 4 is installed, you can prop up your room divider, securing it to the wall where the studs are.

Just like that, it makes a nice headboard.
How to mount a screen higher on the wall as a headboard.

But if you're like me, a bit picky, ;)  because of the slanted ceiling, I wanted the headboard to have a marked center point, but I also didn't like that my bed was a tad bigger or broader than the headboard. So, I built a header with two legs for the sides.

Draw a centered design on a 1 x 5 board, using a jigsaw to cut through your lines to form a triangle.
using a jigsaw to give detail to headboard

A small decorative molding can now be attached to the top of the triangle.

Finally, the central circle design can be cut out.

Two coats of paint were also given to these pieces, and the small molding was distressed.

Using a pneumatic nailer, attach them to the wall.

An easy way to give your room a customized one of the kind headboard!

Master bedroom gets a wooden screen as a headboard

master bedroom with mute/Fall color pillows and blankets

For more re-purpose ideas, check these out:

old windows are repurposed as wall art in living room

a burlap coffee sack is used to upholster an office chair.

a wine box is repurposed with some metal brackets into an Industrial side table.


  1. I could just cry - I had those doors ( long before blogging ) and got rid of them - now I wish I had them - how gorgeous!!!
    Off to see more of this :)
    Have a wonderful weekend

  2. Love it and I will pop over to find out more.

  3. Wow! Love it! Especially love that paint color! Gorgeous!

  4. I really like the new paint! How amazing that you made a headboard out of that room divider! I'm off to read your post now :) Have a great weekend!

  5. Nice, heading over to check them out!

  6. Looks wonderful Cristina!!!! Your maste rbedroom is turning out to be such a show stopper, and you should be mighty proud that you DIYed all the gorgeous detail!!!!!

  7. I love the wall color! I could have never pictured those doors as a headboard, but they work perfectly as one. I can't wait to see it all finished!

  8. Very impressive! That headboard and how you made it a wall statement is amazing. Fantastic work! :)

  9. Are you kidding???? That is pure genius! I love the grandeur of your headboard and you just gave me an idea! Another beautiful project Cristina!

  10. No se porque ? Cuándo me dirijo al otro blog se demora mucho en cargar y cuesta que se vean las imágenes, ,,,
    Estoy maravillada con el resultado,yo tuve una mampara parecida en mis manos y no supe que hacer con ellas

  11. Oh Christina, what a beautiful bedroom. Love the ceilings, headboard and fireplace. Great job.

  12. Christina,
    Beautiful! You are such a multi-talented woman-your vision is always so inspiring and your projects are not only amazing, but gorgeous!

  13. That came out so beautifully! I love how the whole room is coming.. And you get stuff done so fast!! You are amazing!

  14. very cool and awesome and unique and just perfect!! :)

  15. It looks amazing in your master bedroom, Cristina. I love the color of it too. You are truly talented.

  16. Oh, I have been wondering about those! They look AMAZING as a head board, heading over to check out the whole post! And I am sorry about the hardwood floors...I have been wanting them too, but my budget is, well zero for that!

  17. How fun and creative is this. Love it. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  18. This is so creative, I love it. I'm headed over to check out the details.

  19. WOW! What an amazing piece Cristina - perfect as a headboard. I love how fresh and unique it feels painted out white like that:) Gorgeous!

  20. omg i like the screen painted so much more!

    thanks for sharing, and hope you'll pop over when you have a second!



  21. What a great Idea!! It is so fun and a great headboard! I would love for you to come link up to my Furniture and Paint Party going on NOW...! New Follower on FB!
    HOpe to see you there

    start at home

  22. I love your blog and your headboard, so gorgeous! I would like to invite you to join my blog party Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage to link up your vignette or anything else you'd like to. ( I usually start the link up on Saturdays) Hope to see you there, Mary

  23. This is beautiful!!!! Have you linked this up to DIY Sunday Showcase (a party I cohost)? If not, it's open now! Come on over and share this!!

  24. I love the job you are doing in your bedroom. It looks wonderful. I plan on doing something in my bedroom soon and I feeling inspired to get started (but after I do something with the kitchen) ..... Candy

  25. it's Gorgeous Cristina! WOW! painted it looks so fresh and we can see the details of it much better too! :-) it's amazing, you really did an amazing job! :-)

  26. That headboard is absolutely beautiful!

  27. Your headboard is stunning - what a great use for a room divider! I found you over at the Transformation Thursday Party and you definitely are a Must Follow.

  28. I love it, Cristina! That's a perfect use for that divider and it was free?! That's the best! I bet you like this even better than the piece you actually went to get lol! Love the wall color too! Have a great weekend! XO

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