2. Recycled Screen Headboard

Time: 2 hours tops
Cost: Under $20

This project is about thinking outside the square and being a bit creative. My husband found three of these Balinese screens on the side of the road during last year's council hard rubbish/inorganic collection and he snapped them up. One of them is being used as a temporary fence to keep the kids in the backyard, one has been broken into pieces for future projects, and this one was kept whole.

It was on the wall for a while and then we decided to make it into a headboard for our bed. Here's how we did it.


  • 1 long piece of wood. This could be a rustic old door, an old sign, a table top, or a screen like we used. Get out to your local salvage yard and have a look around, you're limited only by your imagination!
  • Leftover paint. We bought some white enamel from the mis-tint section at Bunnings for around $6.
  • Paintbrushes
  • Recycled mirrors, tiles, or glass.
  • Glue or double sided foam tape ($5)
Here we go...

Clean your timber with a stiff brush, wash and dry if necessary.

Give the whole thing a good coat of paint if you wish to, or leave it natural. If you like a distressed look you could wipe some paint over the timber with a rag. We decided to stick some pieces of mirror onto the back of the screen so you can see it through the lattice design, we attached the pieces using double sided foam tape which you can get from a hardware store. Old tiles would look fab, or you could use pieces of vintage china, glass, or fabric glued onto plywood squares.

Next step is securing the headboard to the bed. We have a mattress and base so we just needed to add a piece of wood on either side of the bottom of the screen so that it sat at the right height, then we pushed the bed up to the wall with the screen behind it.

So there you have it, a budget friendly and one of a kind headboard that will give your bedroom a touch of the exotic.


  1. Very cool - love this headboard!

  2. This is a super neat headboard.

  3. This is such a great idea. I would love to feature this on Reduce, Reuse, Upycle. Feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. THanks!


  4. Hi Rachel
    Wow thanks, that would be great. I'll pop over and grab a button :) Becs.


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