Shutter Headboard Tutorial

Shutter Headboard Tutorial ~ Last year I started searching for the perfect headboard for Emanuelle’s bedroom. After doing a lot of research (searching on the web and looking through magazines), we decided that a shutter headboard would be perfect. Lucky for me,  my parents came across a set of shutters at an antique store that they visit regularly. They were perfect to work with, they weren’t damaged at all. I started to work on them right away. This is how they looked when I was finished:

Shutter Headboard Tutorial

Isn’t the headboard gorgeous? I really love how it turned out. Even though it took me a year to share it with you, one of those projects that got completed, but I hadn’t had a chance to blog about it. OUPS!

Shutter Headboard Tutorial

Wood Shutters (Remove all the hardware on the shutters if they are still attached.)
Paint Remover (I used Super Remover – The Original)
Metal spatula
Palm sander
Wood filler
Plastic spatula
Sand paper
Primer Paint
Paint Brush
Heavy-duty frame hooks

Step 1: Use paint remover and a spatula to remove the old paint from the shutters. Follow the instructions indicated on the product.  Step 2: Once you have removed as much paint as possible, use a sander to sand the shutters until they are nice and smooth.
How to remove paint

Step 3: Use wood filler to fill in any holes you wish to fix with the help of a plastic spatula. I kept a few holes to give the headboard a rustic look. Step 4: When the wood filler has dried, use sand paper to smooth it out.
How to use wood filler

Step 5: Apply at least two coats of paint with a primer in it. I actually applied 3 coats, as you can see 2 coats didn’t cover the green enough.
How to paint shutters

Use heavy-duty frame hooks to attach the shutters to the wall.
And voilà, you have yourself a shutter headboard.

How to build

We also made the bed frame.
DIY Bed Frame
I’ll share how we made the bed frame in a future blog post.

How to make a headboard

Shutter Headboard Tutorial

As you can see we didn’t end up putting pink bedding on her bed. We picked up a white duvet cover at Ikea instead.  Now we need to get cracking on her furniture. We’ll be working on them this summer and hopefully I won’t wait a year before sharing it with you.

Do you like how the headboard turned out?

Have a GREAT day!!


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  1. says

    Love your shutter headboard! I recently made one for our master bed. It was a bit of work (cleaning those slates is a bit tedious) but totally worth the finished product! I really like the shutters you found for this project. Just perfect for the bed.

  2. says

    I love old shutters like these Christine! I just got ahold of some old shutter style closet doors (free from my mom’s friend) and I love thinking of all the possibilities for them… This headboard idea is adorable!

  3. says

    Thanks for sharing how you refinished the shutters! I have some old ones and wasn’t sure what to do with them. Think I’ll give it a try!

  4. says

    SO amazing job! love shutter headboards but this is truly the prettiest I have ever seen. Such a lucky princess you have :-) Hope you’re enjoying the summer dear Christine, big hug Mette and thanks for the tutorial!

  5. says

    Such a cute headboard! I love shutters! I’m new to blogging and found you at the sundae scoop! Your blog is so fun, I’ll be following you!

  6. says

    Yes, I love how you turned these shutters into a headboard; very nice! :-) I’ve been looking for shutters for a while but no luck, I’ve also been looking for an old wooden ladder, no luck either! love that they can be transformed into beautiful things & wow, you guys also did the bed frame, can’t wait to see how! :-)
    Hope you are having a great evening Christine!

  7. says

    Gosh this is just ADORABLE!! You have done a wonderful job. Thanks for the time in creating the tutorial.

    Following from the Ginger Snap Crafts linky party.

  8. says

    I can’t pass up a shutter for just such projects as yours. What a great headboard! Have you seen on pinterest the pin where they used shutters for a whole wall? It was amazing.

  9. Jill says

    What a super creative headboard!! I LOVE it! Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday’s Temptation. I am going to be featuring it at tonights link party!

  10. Candice Amsterdam says

    Hi, I’m interested in the bed you made with the shutter headboard. I want to make my own bed but need directions and list of materials,lol.Can you Please contact me on my e-mail with your post about making the bed? I’d really enjoy hearing from you,I liked the shutter post and you’re great at explaining the process.Thanks! Candy