How to Paint a Barn Board headboard feature wall

Rustic Farmhouse White Wash Meets Urban Chic

Driftwood Paint Finish using Fusion Mineral Paint Shabby Chic and beautiful floral accent pillows by Craftberry Bush give this soft sophisticated farmhouse look.


Ever wanted to learn how to paint your own barn board headboard feature wall? I love the look of the Farmhouse trends these days. with Magnolia designs taking over the HGTV scene  and shiplap everywhere, I wanted my own take on this using rough cut rustic Cedar wood to create a floor to ceiling headboard. Adding a rustic paint finish to the wood made this take on a Farmhouse meets Urban Chic guestroom makeover super easy! Read on for how to Paint a Barn Board Headboard  and get a dry brush white wash finish!


Some projects take longer than you expect… not because you don’t have good intentions, sometimes life takes over, priorities take over. I’ve learned over the years not to rush things. When I started this room, I never would have thought of adding Pink and gold accents, however I’ve fallen in love with that look over the past 6 months, and have incorporated into my guest room makeover. You won’t believe where it started — here is the before!



 Looks Pretty right? It sure was! But it was small!The Closet was a walk in, but it wasn’t functional!


It was quite a small room, with a LARGE closet.  I had some creative and hands on help with this project. My mother, and my partner Will Howe and I got creative and did some measurements, and decided that if I ripped out the closet I could actually fit a queen size bed in the nook where the closet was, opening u the room to feel double the size.


We removed the closet! and just like that the space doubled!


I wanted to lighten the wall colour and go for a real Farmhouse light and bright white feeling.


I created a custom blend with a couple of Fusion Pints that I had lying around after my driftwood wall was finished. I poured everything I had into a large 5 gallon bucket, and then slowly added a touch of ash and a touch of  Ash to darken up the Casement and Sterling that I used on the Driftwood Feature wall.

Custom Paint Mix with Fusion Mineral Paint


After a bit of stirring it blends super easily!  I tested it on the wall, and it needed to be warmed up a bit- so I added a touch of Algonquin. Perfect!


Custom Paint Mix with Fusion Mineral Paint


I wanted to create a barn board headboard finish, and knew that I wanted grays to be dominant in the space.



Will grabbed rough cut Cedar boards. (This room smelled SOOOO good while working on this!) He cut everything to size, measured it perfectly and did the full installation! What a vision!



Step 1. Paint all the boards with a darker gray. We used Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint in the colour called Trophy. I think it is one of the most perfect grays out there and wanted it to be part of this room.


Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint Trophy for a DIY Headboard Barnboard finish.

Here’s 1 coat of Trophy on the rough cut cedar. Quite solid and opaque.

How to create a DIY Rustic White Wash Driftwood Headboard Feature Wall

Step 2. We took Sterling and added 50% water. 1 Part Paint and 1 Part water to get a really watery coverage but an overall lighter gray.

It gave an overall lighter look and was a good transition colour to the white dry brush step next. I really enjoy layering multiple colours at a time that are very similar in tone, it gives a real sense of dimension the more you layer and blend!

Step 3. Then we took Casement and dry brushed over top. Here is a photo of my mom Loree working late at night trying to finish painting up these boards for Will to do the installation.



How to Dry Brush

Literally just as it sounds! You want to lightly dip your brush into the paint, then remove most of it of the brush onto a piece of paper towel so the brush is virtually dry, then ever so lightly brush across, holding the brush horizontally to the piece of wood, and dragging it across. Only the smallest amount of paint will be left behind on the areas that are the most raised.

I couldn’t be happier with the outcome. A Rustic Farmhouse style floor to ceiling custom built headboard with built in reading light, meets Urban Chic with floral prints of blush and rose gold accents in the room. My guest room Oasis.

Driftwood Paint Finish using Fusion Mineral Paint Shabby Chic and beautiful floral accent pillows by Craftberry Bush give this soft sophisticated farmhouse look.


And that custom blend colour on the walls using some left over paint turned out beautifully – covered the Inglenook Blue in 1 coat! I used about 3 Pints to paint the entire room!

Driftwood Paint Finish using Fusion Mineral Paint Shabby Chic and beautiful floral accent pillows by Craftberry Bush give this soft sophisticated farmhouse look.


By keeping the existing light fixture there were some extra savings here as well as some inexpensive thrift store items as well as some other collectibles I’ve been storing up for a few years that all magically worked so well in this room!

I love these accent pillows by Craftberry Bush!

What is your dream makeover for your guest room?


A special thank you goes out to Will Howe for coming up with the design inspiration and building the feature wall.

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