DIY: Barn Wood Head Board

While browsing Pinterest a few months back, I found this gorgeous repurposed barn wood headboard, and I was inspired to make one of my own!

Since I had just moved into my apartment, and never having built anything from scratch before, I would need some help. My assistant was an obvious choice: my handy-man dad.  He is meticulous when it comes to these sorts of projects.

After countless hours of research (on Dad’s end), we decided on a design and plan. Since repurposed barn wood was a bit unattainable in downtown Denver, we would create something similar with wood stain.

On a sunny Saturday morning, we ventured to Lowe’s in search of the necessary materials. My list of supplies was rather long.

  • Wood
  • Sander
  • Stain
  • Gloss
  • Sandpaper
  • Sawhorses
  • Paint brushes
  • Screws
my headboard

Amy’s homemade headboard

Gathering the materials took forever since Dad tagged along, and he gets distracted in every aisle! The perfect makeshift barn wood would be cedar fence pickets. Having gathered all the materials, we finally got to work. From sawing to sanding to staining and finally assembling, it took about 4 days, but we got it done! This is my finished creation! Total investment including the sander and sawhorses was about $125! Plus building this was a great experience and resulted in a piece of furniture to share for years to come!

Be sure to share some of your DIY projects around the home!

Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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