Friday, November 30, 2012

How To Build A Headboard From An Old Door

FINALLY!!!! Don and I have been talking about these headboards for months, but our schedules and the weather made this much more than a weekend project! We are SO thrilled with the results and wanted to share this how-to with you, so without further ado I am tickled to welcome my first guest blogger...my husband Don!

Hey everyone, this is my first attempt at blogging, and it shows due to my lack of pictures of the process.  Regardless, I hope that you find this blog helpful in putting together your own recycled door headboard.  You can find the instructions here, and if you are unable to download it from the link just contact Beth at aintshecrafty@gmail.com and she can email it to you directly. Please let me know if I can answer any questions if you are thinking about building your own headboard or need some help along the way. Good luck and happy building!

We had been looking for headboards for both our guest bed and our own bed for quite a while. Beth loves catalogs like Pottery Barn and we both like antiques, but we aren't crazy about paying the sometimes ridiculous prices. Beth pinned this headboard several months ago, and after looking at the Anna White Queen Headboard plans that the original poster used we headed out to a local salvage yard to find some reclaimed wood.  What we found was something even better (albeit a little more challenging), some old doors with great distressing and character. We brought them home and after cutting them down to size (remember to see my instructions for detailed information and measurements for each step of the project) I built the legs and cap around the door.
After building the frame, the next step was painting. Since these are headboards that are pressed against a wall I only painted the front facing side, which was much easier and a big time saver because I could just lay it on the ground and paint one side. I painted the entire queen headboard black...
but for the king headboard we wanted to retain some of the original color and distressing, so I masked off the panels with painters tape and some of Beth's scrapbooking cardstock.
After the paint dried it was simply a matter of mounting the headboard to the bed frame - and we had some beautiful new headboards for a fraction of the price we would have paid for buying one.

Thanks for checking out my first blog post, I look forward to your comments or questions. I hope you enjoy building your own headboard! --Don

17 comments:

  1. awesome Beth & Don - thank you!!!

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  2. Oh Carol you are his first commenter! Thanks so much - it makes him very happy. :)

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  3. Great job - my husband did a similar project though we sanded off all the old paint and added posts. Such a fun way to recycle!

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  4. Fabulous job and it looks so expensive and fancy. Great job and good instructions.

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  5. Very cool. I guess you are both crafty!

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  6. Awesome...Thanks for sharing!!!
    Patty

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  7. Wait, you used Cardstock to mask off before painting? Did the wife approve of that one? Better have been some old ugly stuff and then you cna be forgiven. I must say I do admire your handiwork and my hubby and I have been thingking of doing something similar also. Maybe your project will be our motivator! Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Ha! Christine - I like the way your mind works! ;) Yup...it was old faded cardstock that I just had for scraps. Hope you guys decide to try it - we really love the result!

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  8. I want o thank you for sharing and your inspiration. Even though I will never attempt this project, I was inspired by it.

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  9. I like the clean lines and simplicity you created with the framing! Awesome job big D! (and Mrs big D lol)

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  10. I love this tutorial and forwarded it to my daughter. Way cool!

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  11. Wow...This is so neat. I will remember this. It would be fun to do for my daughter.

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  12. Hi Don,
    Greetings from the Great White North (well not so white just yet). When I first saw the headboard idea on Beth's blog I tucked that idea in my head (I loved it!), I might have saved the picture too. While visiting a friend of mine who was undergoing some renovations at her house, I dumpster dived (well not really, the door was leaning against the dumpster but saying I dived makes it sound more fun) and found myself a solid wood old door. I had already checked my local reclaim store and thought their prices were ridiculous for an old used door. I like cheap or free. So now I have one and the door has been sitting on my front porch for about a month now, my husband asked me to move it but I can't it's too heavy. I'm waiting to clear up some other projects before I start new. Thanks so much for the idea, I'm sure my little guy (he's 6) will just LOVE his new headboard, when momma finally gets around to doing it.
    Erin

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  13. Thanks everyone for the compliments and great comments! Can't wait to see your versions of the headboard. Erin I know your son will enjoy it and you get the added enjoyment because it was free.

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  14. As avid DIY people my hubby and myself thought your post was just enough of pics vs. text...Way to go Don!!!

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