DIY Salvaged Barn Wood Headboard

Salvaged pieces of barn wood, farm doors or antique lumber pieces are a unique way to bring the warmth of wood and nostalgia into any household. A wooden headboard is an easy way to upscale unwanted pieces and tap into your inner woodworker. 
  • old barn wood (any length)
  • 1.5″ wood screws (depends on the thickness of your boards)
  • (2) 1” x 4” boards for legs - cut to length of headboard 
  • fine grit sanding sponge
  • stiff-bristle scrub brush
  • finish (Valspar clear flat spray)
  • miter saw
  • drill 

Once you have reclaimed old barn wood to your liking start by laying out your pieces on the ground; Be creative. A staggered look will give that much more contrast. Use chalk to measure the dimensions of your headboard, and mark any ends that need to be cut (easiest cut using a miter saw). Once trimmed, flip the pieces over and re-arrange into position so you can begin attaching the frame to secure all pieces stay together. Take two 1" x 4" pieces of wood and cut them to the length of your board (or to height of bed depending how you wish to attach your headboard - to the bed frame or hung on the wall); secure any other pieces using scrap wood; use wood screws to screw in each board to the frame pieces, ensuring every board is attached. Once secure, sand thoroughly, but not heavily, with a fine 150-grit sanding sponge. Brush off any dust and splinters. To finish, spray with 3-5 coats of a wood-appropriate finishing spray. We prefer a matt, clear finish that allows the woods natural weathered look to come through. Let dry for 48 hours and assemble to your wall or bed frame.


Keep in mind that actual barn wood is random and not necessarily square. So when you are cutting and lining things up, it won’t be perfect. There will be gaps and imperfections; This is the beauty.