Here's a great idea from a blog we follow called Simply Sjostedt. It's a simple way to create an entirely unique, interesting, headboard using only some planks, a stencil and some paint.
Here you can read about how it was done and see pictures that chronicle every step. But before you click the link, remember the Cardinal Rule of any project: don't be afraid to tinker with the idea.
What I mean is this: the plank background here is a great "blank canvas". Sure, you could stencil it--as we see in the picture at the left--but don't be afraid to make this project your own.
For example, you could paint the boards a solid color and distress them. Or, you could go a different route and stain and varnish the planks. The stain job could be done with an eye toward a rustic finish or, if you prefer, a fine wood finish. Both results would be easily achievable--you just need to figure out which would work better for you. Really, the possibilities are endless. Use your imagination and your creativity and see what you can come up with! (And, if you come up with something really cool, let us know in the comments!)