January 14, 2013

DIY Door Headboard

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!


  1. Wow that looks so awesome! Nice job!

  2. Perfect! I love how fresh it looks with all the white! xoxo

  3. Thats awesome! Looks amazing! I was thinking of doing this for a house I'm about to stage. Thanks for sharing dear!


  4. It looks perfect, Kelley! You're one crafty little lady :)

  5. This is just awesome. The door headboards looks just accurate with the surroundings and matches the atmosphere. However,if you are not satisfied with the quality, you now have the option to shop headboards online.