A new headboard from an old barn door

by Jessie K on June 18, 2014

IMG_5707Remember the old barn door we salvaged from the barn we demolished?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe were finally able to use it in our new house. (I can’t get over how little June is here! She’s a baby!)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI loved the soft, muted colors in the wood. Judging from inscriptions on other parts of the barn, this door, which I’ve been told is made from American Chestnut, is at least 100 years old.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAlmost exactly one year later, we’re finally able to put it to good use.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s the other side of the door.  Amazing the difference in color, right? (I also had a filter on my lens for this shot so the hues look a lot more saturated than they actually are.)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI recently bought a bed frame for our guest bedroom and some accompanying brackets for a headboard.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJake and his Dad installed the door as a headboard over the weekend.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATo prep it for use, they trimmed the ragged edges with one of Jake’s big saws and tried to get off as much dust and dirt as possible. Dirt and dust in a bedroom: Not a good look.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThey also screwed down those old hinges to prevent them from clanking against the wood. We opted not to spray a clear coat on the wood because we were afraid it would alter that amazing weathered color. We were going for au natural. Hope our guests don’t mind!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI love the way it looks and I’m really proud we were able to make use of the old wood. It feels good to recycle old stuff, and I love that we were able to bring a piece of our old place to our new home.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs for the rest of the room, I’m not sure how I want to decorate it but the headboard will serve as my starting point. Can’t wait!

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

gypsypf June 18, 2014 at 12:19 pm


I absolutely love it. One of the best home improvement projects you’ve featured on your blog.

Sheila June 18, 2014 at 1:42 pm


That is absolutely beautiful! I only wish you had found TWO doors, and that Jake could be talked into a trip here to California to make ME a new headboard. Your guests will love it!

Sherry June 18, 2014 at 3:32 pm


Oh my goodness, Jessie K! The barn door as a headboard looks wonderful! Those lamps look good too!

peg June 18, 2014 at 4:31 pm


Love it, so good living green!

Jenny June 18, 2014 at 6:01 pm


This is awesome!! Great job…it looks amazing

Janelle June 18, 2014 at 10:15 pm


Oh my gosh! Can’t wait to stay the night in your guest room! (LOL!)
Looks so beautiful!

Lara June 19, 2014 at 10:36 am


great job on the headboard, you guys are so cool! The handles on that little dresser have to go. I’d strip it and refinish the edging to change the look.. warm wishes! Lara

Jan June 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm


That looks fantastic! What a great way to re-purpose something that many people would have just tossed out.

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