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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!

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Shutter Headboard Tutorial


Wood Shutters (Remove all the hardware on the shutters if they are still attached.)
Paint Remover
Metal paint scraper
Palm sander aka Orbital 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
DIY Bed Frame

We also made the 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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Monday 15th of June 2020

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Monday 8th of June 2020

Where can I find 'How to build the bed frame' post? I haven't had any luck finding it and I love the simplicity of this frame. Just what I've been looking to build for my son's room. Thanks!


Thursday 24th of July 2014

I loved your Tip Me Tuesday link . {thanks girl!}

Debbie Johnson

Friday 1st of November 2013

What a darling project

Candice Amsterdam

Tuesday 8th of October 2013

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

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