DIY Reclaimed Wood Headboard

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Step Two – Dent, Damage, and Distress Each Piece of Wood

The part of the reclaimed wood look that gives it so much character is the damage that occurs throughout years of exposure to the elements, and from general wear and tear.  Using any tools at your disposal, dent, scratch, scorch, or slightly damage the surface of the boards.  Be aware, however, that any impressions in the wood will show up to be much darker after staining (see picture above).  A few techniques I used was to hit the boards with a hammer, scrape them with screw threads, wrap them in wire and toss them around, and expose them to the Minnesota winter (this may warp them however).

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Brock Berglund

Brock the DIY'er behind the Self-Made Man, which focuses on helping people live decidedly more independent, self-sufficient, and sustainable lifestyles. Topics include salvaging, woodworking, gardening, tailoring, dieting, and minimalistic living.