Rustic Planked Headboard, Star Wars Style

My son hasn’t had a “real” headboard on his bed for quite a while. The one we used in his pirate bedroom was basically just a piece of dropcloth. I wanted something a little more substantial that could balance out the wood on his refinished dresser.

But even before the pirate bedroom, his head board was just a simple piece of wood cut to 40″ x 60″ and covered with padding and fabric. That was two years ago but I kept the headboards because I knew I’d have a use for them again.


I had a friend cut the wood into slats for me. I just asked him to cut them evenly, so the headboard would keep the same height. They came out to about 4 1/4″.

I stained the boards with the same gray minwax stain I used on the dresser drawers.

Another friend to cut a stencil for me on her Silhouette. I chose this Darth Vader quote from Star Wars:

I added a very thin layer of polyurethane to seal it.

When it was dry, I nailed it on the wall using 2″ finishing nails to form a headboard. I considered attaching the wood to slats to make a movable headboard, but I know my son and knew that wasn’t a good idea!

I’m working on setting up the finished room today, and I couldn’t be more excited! Watch for a reveal post in the next couple of days.

**UPDATED – To see the whole room, click on the photo below!

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  1. says

    It looks great Kristin! The room redo is looking great. I know he will be sooo happy with the changes…you are so very creative and love your kids..that is evident…if no one has told you lately….you are a great Mom! Blessings!

  2. says

    Love this! I think it is so smart to keep things neutral and just add a few themed touches. You can change the pillows later when his tastes change and just refinish the headboard. I switched to neutral bedding for both my kids and it makes changes very easy. My son has a navy blue comforter that have made the switch from sports with red accents to space with orange accents. I added a white duvet to my daughter’s bed to change from hot pink Paris to red, white and blue UK Union Jack.

    Looks great!

  3. says

    So cute! I love the idea of using words to express the theme! My daughter woulf flip over that Yoda doll – and she’s just turned 30! LOL! I’m sure your son is loving his “new” room! Hugs, Leena

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