I wish I could gaze at barn wood morning, noon and night. I hope black walnut knows I’m not cheating, but really, who can resist a beautiful barn wood? A friend from wood shop gave this wood to me from her uncle’s barn in Moab, Utah (and I love Moab!). I used the wood on these IKEA hack dressers, and now these custom barnwood headboards.
I am almost finished with the boys’ bedroom and the deadline is THIS WEEK because my son is turning twelve. TWELVE! I’m freaking out a little about it, but he has promised me a million times that he will still be nice to me when he’s a teenager. And still hug me. And not be weird. In honor of his growing-up-ness I’m redoing his room (which he shares with his little bro) and saying good-bye to his train bedding and hello to more grown-up stuff.
These headboards were fun. Originally they were black and super thrashed, but that is the beauty of buying stuff at a yard sale.
First I painted them navy, the same color on the forest accent wall. Two coats.
Then I cut the leftover barn wood from the dresser project to fit over the bead board. Set a fence on your saw to the exact length in order to get a perfect cut with each piece.
Last step, fit together the wood (make small cuts when needed) and attach the barn wood with finish nails, 1/2 inch 23-gauge pin nails. If I ever want to pull off the barn wood (which will 99.99% likely never happen in my lifetime) there won’t be any glue.
The boys are going to snuggle up to awesomeness every night, and that just warms my mother heart!
After the painting was complete both headboards took me a couple of hours to finish. You can update furniture with anything really, metal, wallpaper, paint, barn wood, plain wood, it’s an easy update! I would love to hear your questions and comments.