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DIY Ikea Hack Stikwood Headboard

DIY ikea hack stikwod headboardDIY ikea hack stikwod headboard

You know I’m always down for a good Ikea hack, especially when it involves adhesive wood and no dry wall screws. Granted, you may have to saw a few things but if you have a handy spouse, parent, friend, or a remotely friendly neighbor with some tools, you’ll be fine!

Now let me introduce you to the glory that is Stikwood. It’s reclaimed wood that’s already finished and with adhesive backing on it, which is perfect for those of us that aren’t exactly woodworkers (like myself), but still want the reclaimed wood look. My mind is pretty much swimming with things to stick this genius invention on, but for now I’ll just share my DIY Ikea hack headboard to not get too crazed on you right away.

One case of Stikwood (mine is the Reclaimed Barrel Oak, I only used just over 10 sq. ft) *c/o

Ikea Malm bedframe (from the Ikea As-is section for $90)

Rotary saw

Measuring tape

Pen

Clear, matte polyurethane (you can by it for indoor use if constructing inside)

Fine sand paper (optional)

Black sharpie (optional for style)

DIY Ikea hack Stikwood headboard

Depending on the width and length of the Stikwood you choose, you’ll measure the individual pieces to be the same width as the Malm headboard (66 1/8 “) for each row and mark with a pen on the back of the piece of wood. In this instance, I left two pieces of Stikwood the original length for every row, and cut one smaller piece (4 1/4 “) and alternated the placement of the small piece so vary every row would be different, then peeled the backing off and pressed them firmly on the face of the headboard.

Because the Stikwood is made from real reclaimed wood, not all of the pieces fit quite the same. The best way to make sure everything lines up correctly is to test each row before peeling the adhesive backing off of the wood and placing it. You can always lightly sand rough parts of the wood to make sure pillows won’t snag the surface if need be.

DIY ikea hack stikwod headboard

The sharpie comes in handy if you’d like to have a more dimensional look by not making every single piece fit flush against each other. You can use the sharpie to color in a little line (as seen in the large tutorial photo) and then leave a small gap in between the two pieces.  

Once the entire headboard is covered , spray the polyurethane over the entire surface and let dry. This will keep the color of the wood from rubbing off onto pillows, and then you’re all set!

DIY ikea hack stikwod headboard

I absolutely love the finished product. I thought I might miss my all white bed frame, but it really makes it much more cozy. Now I just have to resist the urge to put it on everything!

What out of the box place would you use Stikwood for a DIY?

DIY ikea hack stikwod headboard

DIY ikea hack stikwod headboard - Sugar and Cloth

DIY Ikea Hack Stikwood Headboard

DIY ikea hack stikwod headboardDIY ikea hack stikwod headboard

You know I’m always down for a good Ikea hack, especially when it involves adhesive wood and no dry wall screws. Granted, you may have to saw a few things but if you have a handy spouse, parent, friend, or a remotely friendly neighbor with some tools, you’ll be fine!

Now let me introduce you to the glory that is Stikwood. It’s reclaimed wood that’s already finished and with adhesive backing on it, which is perfect for those of us that aren’t exactly woodworkers (like myself), but still want the reclaimed wood look. My mind is pretty much swimming with things to stick this genius invention on, but for now I’ll just share my DIY Ikea hack headboard to not get too crazed on you right away.

One case of Stikwood (mine is the Reclaimed Barrel Oak, I only used just over 10 sq. ft) *c/o

Ikea Malm bedframe (from the Ikea As-is section for $90)

Rotary saw

Measuring tape

Pen

Clear, matte polyurethane (you can by it for indoor use if constructing inside)

Fine sand paper (optional)

Black sharpie (optional for style)

DIY Ikea hack Stikwood headboard

Depending on the width and length of the Stikwood you choose, you’ll measure the individual pieces to be the same width as the Malm headboard (66 1/8 “) for each row and mark with a pen on the back of the piece of wood. In this instance, I left two pieces of Stikwood the original length for every row, and cut one smaller piece (4 1/4 “) and alternated the placement of the small piece so vary every row would be different, then peeled the backing off and pressed them firmly on the face of the headboard.

Because the Stikwood is made from real reclaimed wood, not all of the pieces fit quite the same. The best way to make sure everything lines up correctly is to test each row before peeling the adhesive backing off of the wood and placing it. You can always lightly sand rough parts of the wood to make sure pillows won’t snag the surface if need be.

DIY ikea hack stikwod headboard

The sharpie comes in handy if you’d like to have a more dimensional look by not making every single piece fit flush against each other. You can use the sharpie to color in a little line (as seen in the large tutorial photo) and then leave a small gap in between the two pieces.  

Once the entire headboard is covered , spray the polyurethane over the entire surface and let dry. This will keep the color of the wood from rubbing off onto pillows, and then you’re all set!

DIY ikea hack stikwod headboard

I absolutely love the finished product. I thought I might miss my all white bed frame, but it really makes it much more cozy. Now I just have to resist the urge to put it on everything!

What out of the box place would you use Stikwood for a DIY?

DIY ikea hack stikwod headboard

Comments

  • Laurie

    05.17.15

    But– maybe skip the polyurethane since it is toxic?! The proximity and hours spent in bed make it a bad idea. What would linseed oil do as alternative since it is safer? Haven’t you seen all the news about flooring that is treated? Otherwise this is a neat project!

  • Dinorah

    05.25.15

    Great idea…it came gorgeous!

  • Caroline

    06.08.15

    This is incredible — I am going to tackle doing it this summer! Do you know if it’s possible to use the Malm headboard and attach it to a regular bed frame? I’ve searchd high and low, and can’t turn up an answer yet. Thanks so much!!

    • Ashley said:

      Hi Caroline, for this project I had purchased the entire frame. Sorry that I couldn’t be of more help!

  • Bridget Fleming

    06.11.15

    Im probably a little late to the comments for this post(!), but where can i get a throw rug like the one that is pictured in this post? Love it!

  • Molly

    06.29.15

    Loving this ikea hack, just wondering if there is a cheaper alternative to the sticky wood.

  • Christine

    08.25.15

    Ashley, this absolutely beautiful! Infact I loved it so much we bought the bed frame ($360 on sale but with 2 storage drawers, also on sale). The problem I am having now is the wood! I had not read down to the comments where others had mentioned the price and in Canada it’s even more, about $300 a box! That would bring the total cost to almost $700 which is way too much for a hack for me. I was wondering if you have other, more attainable solutions? I was going to buy some would and stain it, my boyfriend suggested buying a box of wood flooring that’s already stained. Any ideas?

    • Irene Najlis said:

      Hey, I saw your comment and thought I would offer some advice. I hope you don’t mind. :) I absolutely loved this look, but could not afford the price. I tried some old pallet wood that I had on hand. My sister just finished hers, but she purchased paint sticks on amazon (I think it was 200 for about $30) she sawed off the akward shaped handle, and stained the sticks, and attached them with wood glue. It came out fabulous!!! Of course the paint sticks are small, so you’ll have to use a bunch, but its another option. Hope that helps.

  • pepper

    09.08.15

    Where did you get that amazing black and white cross blanket?? Or what brand is it?
    I’m obsessed!

  • Kirsten

    09.17.15

    Where can I find the Stikwood product in Australia?

  • jen

    12.08.15

    how far down did you apply the wood to the headboard? i’m wondering if it still looks ok if the “legs” are white in the back. can you post a picture of the headboard down to the floor? thx!! really excited to try out stikwood!!

    • Ashley said:

      We have it going all the way down to where the legs meet

  • Irene Najlis

    12.12.15

    What color are your walls? I’ve been dying for white walls, but not sure if the inspiration, your bedroom included, is pure white, or a different shade of white. I love your walls and bed. I recently made a headboard out of left over pallet wood I had on hand, and stained it. I love the contrast of the wood and your walls.

  • Courtney

    12.15.15

    Would you be willing to let me know where you got that white blanket with the plus signs?

  • Janie Rondeau

    01.06.16

    I would like to know how much Stickwood you used and what is the size of your bed ? I would like to do the same but I want to make sure I order enough.

  • Marie

    01.09.16

    Where is the black cross blanket from? I love this whole look together!

  • Marea

    01.15.16

    I was wondering what white paint color you used on your walls, I love it!

  • That’s not an affordable DIY for some of us. $300.00 for the wood? You could have used pallets for a lot less and recycled with bare wood, not a new product. You could have a also gotten a thrift store headboard. Kind of disappointing, a over-priced DIY project…

  • Delyse Dixon

    02.01.16

    Hi there, well done on this it looks great! I’ve been looking into Stikwood and the pieces look a lot thicker. Did you trim these to the thickness that they are, or can you order them at this thickness? Many thanks, D

  • Karla Holley

    02.03.16

    This is a brilliant idea! I love the look of the headboard and the instructions seem easy to follow. Thanks for sharing!

  • Melanie Weinstein

    02.23.16

    I was so excited to find this hack, it looks absolutely beautiful. And then I was BEYOND disappointed to find out that the Stikwood costs $280. I think a lot of readers would have been interested to know that the panels cost just as much as the bed itself. Very disappointing.

    • Hi Melanei! yes, it’s definitely not cheap, but it’s still much cheaper than buying a custom reclaimed wood bed frame. plus you’ll have extra stikwood leftover to use on additional things :)

  • William Greeley

    03.14.16

    What is the white base used to put stick wood onto ?

    • Ashley said:

      An old Ikea bedframe