DIY: barn wood headboard {part two: sealing}

DIY: barn wood headboard {part two: sealing}

{See PART ONE of our DIY headboard here}

PART TWO: Finishing/Sealing

Ok, so here was the BIG dilemma: We really REALLY loved the gray weathered look of the barn wood. Problem is, as soon as you start any significant sanding, you loose the gray. Also, it seemed like every finish we tried darkened the gray. We love the variations in the original of dark and light gray and wanted to keep that as much as possible. So after much hemming and hawwing…here is how we did it:

First, we sanded it LIGHTLY with a fine grit sanding sponge- just dirt and getting any major splinters:
DIY: Barnwood Headboard

Next, we used a cleaning brush over the entire thing….no water, just dry:
DIY: Barnwood Headboard

I could pretty much scrub as hard as I wanted with out messing it up. So I scrubbed. Because I don’t want a dirty headboard. Dang it.

DIY: Barnwood Headboard

Next, we used the air compressor to blow away all the fine dust and dirt. We did this a lot too.
DIY: Barnwood Headboard

After this step, the boards were pretty smooth and it eliminated all of the dirt. Like I said, we tried MANY a finish and finally used Vaspar FLAT Clear Finish Spray {2 cans- $8 total at Lowes). It darkened it a little bit, but not too bad. We did several coats until I felt like I could cozy up against it (maybe 3-4 coats). I am a freak about such things.

DIY: Barnwood Headboard

When it was dry, it was lighter than that last pic.

OH!
And before we did the sealer, I painted a couple words on it. I forgot to take pics- but you will see it on PART THREE.
Next, Nathan will attach it to the bed frame – I will show you how we secure it and take the final shots.

Cheers!
-s