diy headboard art + crooked art

Making my own headboard has been on my to do list for years, but I never could get my hands on some weathered barn board.  I saw this particular design on Pinterest and with all the broken barn boards from our recent shed demo, I had no more excuses.  I thought of using another quote, but this one spoke to me and fit so well I didn’t bother to change it.

It just so happened that the door from the old hunting-cabin-turned-shed was still in tact and the perfect dimensions for a headboard.  I removed a couple of wooden patches someone had nailed on and wiped it down.  I wrote the words on with chalk first and then simply painted over it with some latex paint.  I had my demolition king remove the crooked support board down the center.  I also wanted to remove the 2×4 along the top as it wasn’t as weathered as the rest of the wood, but it is nailed on with at least ten  rusty 4 inch spikes bent down and hammered in.  So instead of removing it, I grabbed some quilting charm squares I bought last summer, the last little bit of Mod Podge in the craft cupboard and slapped them on all wabi sabi like.  Poppy enjoyed helping me choose the colours and order they would go in.  Now I am so happy I was forced to come up with a creative solution because it takes it to the next level of awesome for me.  I think it is just begging for a tiny washi tape garland don’t you?

Now, I must run and make some lunch and perhaps some bagels, but I do hope you’re inspired to make your own headboard art!

go gently + be wonderful


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  1. Posted May 10, 2012 at 11:46 am by mel | Permalink

    ummm… awesome much?! What a fun fun beauty project – so glad you did it! Love the quote to… Mumford-esque?

    Now.. when’s the next slumber party? ;o)

    • Posted May 10, 2012 at 11:51 am by erin | Permalink

      Tis! Though I tried to find a dave matthews quote…this one is lovely and simple.
      In all seriousness, we do need to plan a visit here or there :)

  2. Posted May 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm by Stephinie | Permalink

    I LOVE IT!!!!!!! Pinned for awesome ideas in our next house…. I can’t wait to move :)

    • Posted May 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm by erin | Permalink

      Thanks! The potential is endless for this!
      Good luck :)

  3. Posted May 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm by Diane | Permalink

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  4. Posted May 10, 2012 at 4:10 pm by Ana | Permalink

    Oh it’s wonderful and the cloth squares are an excellent addition!

  5. Posted May 10, 2012 at 8:36 pm by Kim | Permalink

    Love it!!!

  6. Posted May 11, 2012 at 7:48 am by Teresa C | Permalink

    Love it! We need a headboard too, I could take some inspiration from this.

  7. Posted May 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm by Meryl | Permalink

    Did you attach the headboard to the wall? Or is it just propped up? I keep wanting to do this, but I’m concerned about hanging something so heavy on our lathe and plaster walls.

    • Posted May 11, 2012 at 2:20 pm by erin | Permalink

      I just have it propped up for now. It has stayed in place so far, but I would like to secure it somehow…If it goes to the floor then there won’t be much weight for the wall to hold.
      good luck!

  8. Posted May 12, 2012 at 10:46 am by Wendy | Permalink

    Love it!! How fickle my heart and how woozy my eyes!! I agree a great quote for the purpose!

  9. Posted May 12, 2012 at 11:41 pm by Lyn | Permalink

    Erin, what a great job you did. The fabric squares really make the headboard. Love it.

  10. Posted September 9, 2013 at 9:22 pm by Meghan | Permalink

    What is the name of the colour on the walls! I love it!

    • Posted September 10, 2013 at 7:56 am by erin | Permalink

      It is one of my faves too! I believe it is called “kentucky blue” from Home Depot.

      • Posted September 10, 2013 at 10:23 pm by Meghan | Permalink

        Thank you! I am totally painting my room this colour :)

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