Vintage Door Headboard (another easy peasy project)

These old door headboards have been popping up all over the internet and blogosphere for quite a while.  I've been wanting one so badly that I was thrilled when a 5 panel fir door from the early 1900s showed up at a yard sale for $5.  YES!!!!!


Here's the old door I found:


It's exactly the right width for a king sized bed.  All I needed to do was add legs!  I still can't get at my mitre saw, it's buried by plumbing supplies and beadboard panelling - sigh!  I wanted to impress everyone (and myself!) with some gorgeous trim details...  but I'm too impatient and didn't want to wait until next summer to work on my headboard so I used my circular saw to cut a piece of 1x4 and my nail gun to attach it to the long side of the door (hinge side).

I measured from the floor to where I wanted the top of my headboard to be and cut my 2x4s to that length.  Then all I had to do was use screws to attach the 2x4s to the back of the door.  That still looked a little unfinished, so I added some baseboard trim to the sides with a half inch reveal to cover up the joint.




I spraypainted black just around the panels and then painted two coats of white in a pearl finish.  A little sanding to allow the black to show through and I was ready to install my new headboard.


after 1st coat of white.  You can see the black (somewhat) around the edges of the panel.


I used nuts & bolts (the kind for attaching stair boards to metal pre-fab risers) to attach the headboard to the bed frame.  I used four of them total to hold the headboard in place -  a nut with a 2 1/2" shaft, two washers and a bolt for each fastener.

The finished product:





and because the pillows obscure the view of the distressing, here's a closeup
And then I decided it needed more colour so I gave it an antique finish:



Another project down!  several hundred to go lol!


To see the entire Master Bedroom Makeover Madness post, click HERE
To see the antique layered paint finish treatment, click HERE

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72 comments:

  1. Oh, this looks beautiful! I love the look of door-headboards. Yours is terrific!

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  2. Anne, The old door headboard looks so awesome and
    what a creative way to recycle. I love it!

    Jody

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  3. Oh, I absolutely love it! You have a wonderful room and that headboard just makes it even better. :-)

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  4. Anne,
    Looks beautiful!!! What a great transformation!
    xx
    Anne

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  5. I Love how your Headboard turned out. I seen these all over Pinterest too! I have this on my Someday To-Do list, Lol! Thanks for sharing!

    sandraallen260@centurytel.net

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  6. It looks great! You can't beat an old door. You did a wonderful job.

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  7. I love it! It looks fantastic, makes me want to do this!
    Have a great day!

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  8. Fabulous! I love old doors and you did an awesome job!

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  9. OMG! You are such a DIYer! That looks so awesome Anne! I also love your lamps on your bedside tables...where did you find them?
    Have a great day!

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  10. Awesome Anne! I never get sick of seeing these headboards, they look amazing :)
    Cas x

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  11. Love it Anne! It looks perfect :o)

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  12. Hi, Anne, That headboard looks so right for your room. Beautiful job!

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  13. its so pretty, anne! lovely room, too:)

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  14. Wow, you sure know your way with the power tools! I love the fact that you went with the same clean vibe as the (equally wonderful) January bedroom :)

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  15. You are one amazing woman!...Fantastic headboard! So beautiful! You should have your own show!

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  16. Wow, that looks great - you've done a wonderful job!! Hey, I just saw that you've from BC too, yay!!!

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  17. Hi Anne, Your headboard is so beautiful! It makes me want to change mine asap! Have a great weekend:)! Jen

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  18. I love this I just adore old doors used as headboards. This is fantastic.

    I love old architectural pieces.

    Cynthia

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  19. Love your door headboard - and what a steal for $5.00! Nice touch to paint the shutters too :-) Your bedroom is looking really pretty :-)

    Have a great weekend!

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  20. Ann,

    That turned out so amazing! Just love the door turned head board in the shabby chic-ified bedroom!

    The bar around the corner (and in Chicago, there is a bar on every corner) just created an outdoor beer garden area along the street and used old doors as privacy dividers. I can't tell you how much I want to grab one in the stealth of the night!

    :)

    Linda

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  21. WOW! Great job! You cannot even tell it used to be a door! I'm impressed!

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  22. Oh Ann!!! Your headboard looks fabulous, it suits your room beautifully, too. You're so smart!
    Hugs, Cindy

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  23. What a great find! $5!!! You are awesome! It looks like a headboard and not a door. Thank you for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!

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  24. Brilliant! I just love it. Oh, but how to find a $5 door. And then how did you attach it? Was that part just as easy? Very impressive!
    Liz

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  25. I love old doors and what a great headboard.

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  26. Love this - I want one! Waiting to see if my neighbors toss one in the dumpster while they're renovating! I'll stalk that thing even though I'll get strange looks!
    Kelly

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  27. What a brilliant idea Anne!! By chance, is the headboard long enough (wide enough) for a king size bed? I too need a headboard of sorts and this would work beautifully!

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  28. That is an excellent headboard. Now I'm anxious to see more of your future projects.

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  29. Looks fantastic!! I love a great repurpose project! Great job!

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  30. That door is darling. Great use!

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  31. This is awesome! What a great way to upcycle a door!

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  32. I love door head boards. You did a great job.
    It's fun to tackle one home decor project at a time and see the changes unfold!






    ciao bella
    Creative Carmelina

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  33. Very pretty!! I love what you did with the door, and think that is a brilliant idea to use it for a headboard. Your bedroom is lovely.

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  34. Wow this looks fab - I want one!

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  35. Absolutely gorgeous!

    I found you through the All Star Block Party!

    StacySewsandSchools.Wordpress.com

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  36. Fabulous job, Anne. Love the distressing of the shutters too.

    Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party

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  37. Very nicely done! I didn't mind the old version of the headboard, but this one is even nicer.

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  38. It looks wonderful! Great job. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.

    Holly

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  39. love that door!

    stop by if you have a chance.

    smiles.

    michele

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  40. The small details just take it from nice to wow. Looks great - enjoying my first visit to your blog!

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  41. Anne-I love that you beefed up the sides, it makes all the difference in the world...I should take mine back to the shop and do that! hahahah

    gail

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  42. OH SHAME ON ME!!!! this magnificent creation should have been in my collection today and i feel terrible!!!! I am going now to sneak it in there -- maybe no one will count : ) LOL!!!!! this is so awesome! fabulous job my friend!!!! hugs...

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  43. Love it! Even without oodles of trim it is beautiful...and a steal at $5 - wow! Fab job!

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  44. Repurposing is fun and your head board is great!

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  45. This turned out gorgeous - would love to have this in my room!
    Your newest follower - I'd love you to come by for visit and to follow back when you can :)

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  46. Beautiful job Anne! It looks amazing - and such a fabulous deal! Thanks so much for coming out to the party at Clean and Scentsible. I'll be featuring this on my Facebook page. I hope you have been enjoying the lovely weather!
    Jenn :)

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  47. Looks fantastic!! Featuring you right away on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/iGottaCreate
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create!
    <3 Christina

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  48. This is great! I've always wanted to do this, but never felt like I could! You did a awesome job. The headboard is beautiful. I'd love for you to share it at my blog party, Twirl & Take a Bow at www.houseontheway.com. I think it would make a great addition to the party. It's every Tuesday through Sunday. Hope you can stop by!
    Leslie

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  49. Beautifully done, Anne! I love seeing those old doors upcycled and used in a new way! :) Your bedroom truly looks cozy and completed now. :)

    xoxo laurie

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  50. what a lovely job you've made of the bedhead. Well done. Thanks for sharing it with us all. I love make over stories.

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  51. I love it! I'm amazed that you found that for $5. What a great idea!

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  52. Great job and terrific use of the door, Anne! Looks wonderful! Thank you for sharing your project at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

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  53. I have been wanting to do this for a long time but have been overthinking it. Thanks for making it so easy to understand and make.

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  54. Beautiful, Anne! Woo hoo - what a deal and awesome DIY. I love it! I'm going to share a link back in this week's highlights! ;) Thanks for 'showing off'!

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  55. love the headboard. i so need to do something different with mine. thanks for the comment on my floor. i haven't been on blogs very much lately and it was a nice surprise to see it featured on DIY and yours was too! enjoyed your blog.

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  56. Featured you this week! Pop over and have a look!
    Stacey of Embracing Change

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  57. I really love this! You've inspired me to work on my own paneled door (which I bought to make a headboard and promptly buried in the garage).

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  58. Thanks so much for linking to my party! This is great!
    Leslie

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  59. Wow! How fantastic! Wonderful job. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Twirl and Take a Bow. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/08/make-it-pretty-monday-week-11.html Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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  60. That turned out fabulous! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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  61. Oh, Anne! This is fabulous. Wow! You're amazing.

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  62. What a great way to use this door--and it looks so natural as a headboard!

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  63. That door is gorgeous and it makes a perfect headboard. Just beautiful!!!!

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  64. Anne! I love, love, love your headboard. What a clever idea!!

    Thank you for linking up to Throwback Thursday!

    xoxo
    Denyse

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  65. What a great redo/reuse project! Awesome job.

    Thanks for linking up at Throwback Thursday!

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