I have had this old door in my garage for over a year now that I have planned on turning into a headboard. I finally got tired of telling people why I had an old door sitting in my garage and took advantage of a weekend home alone. I was planning on having Matt help me assemble this door turned head board, but got a wild hair and decided to do it all by myself. There are a ton of great tutorials all over the internet on how to turn a door into a headboard and I checked a few of them out. Many of the tutorials were informative and had great results, but just looked too intense for me. I decided I would use only what I had lying around the house and figure out how to do it as inexpensively and simply as I could. I am proof that a "sort of" handy girl, on a budget, in a hurry can make her very own headboard in just a of couple hours! Here is what I did...
SAND: I liked the color of the door as-is, but wanted to give it a bit of rustic look so I lightly sanded the edges (and probably exposed myself to lead). Is that why I felt dizzy afterward?
CLEAN: I wiped down the door to remove the dirt, cob webs and sanding dust.
TOUCH UP: The edges of the door did not match the white of the front and since they are going to be exposed, I used a can of white paint that we had to paint the edges.
Next, I had to decide how to turn this door into a headboard. I considered using a french cleat, but didn't feel like going to the store or spending money so I wandered around our garage looking for something to use. Luckily, we have been remolding our house so we have all kinds of trinkets lying around. I found a few pieces of particle board on the side of the house and figured they were most likely not needed for anything.
Next, I went into the bedroom and measured the distance from the floor to where the base of the headboard would be. I made sure the legs of the headboard were the same length and used a drill to screw the board to the back of the door. This probably took way longer than it should have...
Now, tell me that doesn't look professional! (Kidding)
I somehow managed to move the headboard inside without nicking a wall or scratching the floor! I leaned the headboard against the wall and pushed the bed up against it so "secure" the headboard in place.
I am excited to have an inexpensive headboard that took very little time! What do you think? If I can do this...
so can you!
*Once the headboard was in place, it seemed a bit high and I wanted to use a stronger wood so I switched out the particle board legs with 1x3 pine. I shortened the legs by a few inches so that the bottom of the headboard rests at the top of the mattress. Much better!