MYO Reclaimed Lumber Barnwood Headboard

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

We needed a headboard for our guestroom. I wanted something old, but antique shops are just not filled with queen-sized headboards.

So we used repurposed wood from our 1880’s barn. I absolutely love the way it turned out!

We made our beautiful headboard using reclaimed lumber from our 1880's barn. Rustic, Shabby Chic, Meaningful & Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! #TexasHomesteader

Setting Up A Guest Bedroom

When RancherMan & I moved to our NE Texas Homestead we outfitted our home to suit our new lifestyle. We were empty nesters so our needs only included one guest bedroom for the occasional overnight guest.

But we were basing our probability of overnight guests on the number of overnight guests we typically entertained when we lived in the city.

Back then there were only sporadic overnight visits during the holidays and maybe an occasional weekend. For the most part our family lives very close to each other. Although we get together often it’s seldom necessary to spend the night.

So we outfitted our new guest bedroom with comfortable yet meager offerings. We had a nightstand & desk, chest of drawers and an over-stuffed queen-size folding futon.

Our thought was that we could use that room when our grandbabies come to visit. They could all pile on the futon & watch cartoons together, etc.

Visitors Love Coming To Our Texas Homestead

But what we didn’t include in the equation was the probability that folks would want to come & stay BECAUSE of where we now lived. It’s paradise for us, and it’s also a relaxing country weekend for our guests.

We kept that futon in the guest room for a while. But we decided if we’re going to have overnight company this often they deserved a great night’s sleep!
We made our beautiful headboard using reclaimed lumber from our 1880's barn. Rustic, Shabby Chic, Meaningful & Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! #TexasHomesteader
So we moved the futon to the office to accommodate overflow sleeping. We bought a nice pillow-top queen mattress & frame for the guest room. But we were stumped on the headboard.

Now I realize headboards aren’t that expensive. But price isn’t the only objection I had. I really hate that they’re often very cheaply made these days. Plus I like to buy used whenever possible for environmental reasons. 

Looking For Sustainable Headboard Options

So I told RancherMan that I’d rather get an antique headboard instead of buying new, maybe iron or even wood. 

But queen beds weren’t as popular back in the good ole days as they are now. Finding a queen-sized antique headboard proved to be a challenge.

Perhaps instead we should just consider buying a pre-owned headboard. And maybe we could paint it if it was wood.

It would certainly be inexpensive to buy use. And it would appeal to the eco-friendly side of me too. But even after searching for quite a while nothing really spoke to us.

Then one day RancherMan casually mentioned that we could probably make a headboard out of some of the old wood planks we had removed from our 1880’s barn years ago when the exterior was refurbished. I was so excited because I was thinking the same thing!

We made our beautiful headboard using reclaimed lumber from our 1880's barn. Rustic, Shabby Chic, Meaningful & Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! #TexasHomesteader

Building Our Own Headboard

We picked out some really cool weathered 12″ wide boards that had been stored in our barn for several years. Heck prior to that they were on the exterior of our barn for probably 40 – 50 years (or LONGER). Only time can weather wood this beautifully! 

And since it came from our old barn that wood’s pretty sentimental to me too. We pulled a rusted hinge from the boards, but set aside the square nails that had held it in place.

We toyed with the board layout and decided we wanted them horizontal so we measured and cut them to length. I really wanted the headboard to be two planks high and wanted to have a very small 1/2″ gap between them.

We made our beautiful headboard using reclaimed lumber from our 1880's barn. Rustic, Shabby Chic, Meaningful & Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! #TexasHomesteader

We attached both boards to a couple of support boards that would ultimately be bolted to the bed frame. Then we stood back to take a look at our handiwork. Hummm…  It’s missing something.

I asked RancherMan to dog-ear the top corners of the headboard. So he cut a 3.5″ section from each top corner – oh yeah, I like that. But it’s still missing something…

Rustic Embellishments

I took those square nails we had removed from the wood before we started and RancherMan cut them down shorter. That way I could tap them into the existing old rounded-out holes they initially came out of and still have the square nail heads visible.

We placed them back into the headboard leaving them pulled out just enough to accent the square head and shaft of the nail. Yeah, yeah, I like it.

Still not quite there though. Hummmm… 

I know, how would it look if we burned our brand into the corner?!

RancherMan fetched our brand and heated it with a propane torch until it was very  hot. When he placed that super-heated brand onto the wood it transferred the image to the wood beautifully. 

We made our beautiful headboard using reclaimed lumber from our 1880's barn. Rustic, Shabby Chic, Meaningful & Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! #TexasHomesteader

Perfect – I LIKE IT!

Sunrises Forever

As a side note: Our brand stands for Sunrises Forever, it’s our mantra for the way we try to live our lives. 

We try to remember that no matter what happened yesterday, or last week, or even last year – every sunrise offers a brand new start, a blank canvas, a new beginning.

 It’s a wise man indeed who takes this opportunity to do something GREAT today! That’s the reason for the sunrise design in our gate and on our logo too.
We made our beautiful headboard using reclaimed lumber from our 1880's barn. Rustic, Shabby Chic, Meaningful & Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! #TexasHomesteader

Assembling The Headboard

Now we set the headboard up in our guest room & attached it to the frame with a couple of washers & bolts.

But since our new (old?) headboard is made of some pretty rough wood we were concerned about it scratching the wall. Plus we wanted to make sure the bolts holding it together don’t gouge the sheetrock. 

We ended up using a couple of corks as spacers between the headboard and the wall. It was easy, we cut the corks in half longways and secured them to the back of the headboard with small trim brads.

Love Our New (Old) Headboard!

I think that our headboard turned out pretty cool. I figure if you’re going to have a piece of furniture in your home it might as well be something very meaningful & sentimental to you!

And although cost was not the reason we decided on this fun project, it only cost us the price of the tiny brad nails we used to hold the cork wall buffers in place. 

Beautiful/Sentimental/Environmental/Inexpensive. Wow that’s quite a bit of benefit from one project!


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17 thoughts on “MYO Reclaimed Lumber Barnwood Headboard

  1. Rosie (@greenrosielife)

    You must be reading my mind – we need a new bed in our gite (holiday cottage) so now I am wondering if I can persuade my talented husband to make something like this! #GoingGreenLinky

  2. Jamie @ Medium Sized Family

    That’s a beautiful idea! We don’t have a headboard, but that’s something I’d like to get back to once our #yearofno is completed. Making one ourselves is definitely on my short list of ideas. That or reclaiming something. I like the rustic look, too.

  3. Shirley Wood

    Your ‘new’ headboard turned out perfect. The brand set it off, totally! Love your brand btw! We have 2 guest bedrooms now that we are empty nesters. The Grandchildren prefer to sleep on the sofa rather than the beds though, must be a kids thing!
    Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday. I always enjoy your posts.

  4. Patti

    Tammy , you nailed it on this one! Love, love, love it!! Happy 4th of July to you and your family, Patti

  5. Rhonda Crank

    Someone is handy with wood. Nice project. I especially liked the branding, nice touch.

  6. Nikki

    This is so cute and rustic. I have a friend who would absolutely love this!

  7. Erlene

    That’s so cool with the brand! Definitely a one of a kind piece. Thanks for sharing this on Merry Monday.

  8. Angi @ SchneiderPeeps

    Now you’re really going to have overnight guests! The headboard is so great and I love the brand on it. Thanks so much for sharing at Simple Lives Thursday! Hope to see you again this week

  9. Kathy

    We love living in the country and I think it’s marvelous you’re providing such a wonderful guest bedroom – the reclaimed wood headboard is fantastic! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thrsday,

  10. CTY

    Absolutely love it! All of it, the head board, the brand, the meaning if the brand, the paisley pillow cases, the quilt. It is no wonder folks want o spend the night. Thanx for sharing.

  11. ColleenB.

    OMG. I totally love the rustic look of your headboard and very fitting for the country charm ranch. It really turned out great and love how you put your own ranch brand; giving it that very personal touch to it. Sunrises Forever…..luv that.
    That was wonderful that you had saved all the old barn wood.
    Yes, wouldn’t mind having my coffee served to me in a bed like that.
    You and RancherMan done an excellent job.
    Enjoy your evening and keep cool.

  12. Mila

    What a lovely, rustic headborad! And view from your ranch is soooo soothing:)

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      Why thank you Mila for your sweet comment! I really do love how the headboard turned out, and anything having to do with the old barn on this place is near & dear to my heart anyway, so there’s that… LOL ~TxH~


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