i'd really love to combine this idea with the idea i saw on a beautiful mess's blog where they refinished a coffee table by laying a lace tablecloth over it and spraypainting it, letting it dry, and then peeling it off to reveal the perfectly distressed lace pattern! that would make the perfect barn-wood headboard design!
Shutter Headboard Layla Palmer added visual height to her bedroom by placing old wooden shutters behind her bed. To give them a coastal, cottage look, paint them in fresh, light colors. For added visual effect, alternate the colors of each shutter. Shutter Headboard - 25 Ways to Upcycle Your Old Stuff on HGTV
DIY shutter headboard