Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Door to headboard


I bought this door at a garage sale in Ohio for $5. It was taken out of a torn down farmhouse…which means its old, solid wood, and weights 400 pounds (give or take 300).

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Luckily it was long enough for our King bed…we even had to take some off. When you buy a door make sure its long enough for your bed…I measured my bed frame from side to side. You will need to buy L Brackets (we also used these since our door is hecka-heavy) , and a couple of 2 x 4’s of wood…we got ours from the scrap wood section at Home Depot, I think they were 50 cents each. I also bought a pre-cut piece of trim from Home Depot, its 8 ft. (I think) and its pre-primed.

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Sand down your door at least to get the shine off. Then my handy husband attached the molding, you could always just cut the sides of the molding flush with the end of the door also. I used this paint that has the primer already in it….love it. Its more expensive, but I already had some left over from my buffet.

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Paint your door, then distress it with sandpaper afterwards if you want to really watch your husband cringe. Men don’t understand distressing a perfectly good paint job. I also used a little wood stain in the cracks to make them a little darker. To make the legs, I measured my 2x4’s and cut them so the door will rest on the legs ( I made 3 legs) so the door will be 2-3" under your mattress. So it doesn’t fall on your head and squish you in the night….happy thoughts. Use the L brackets to screw the legs on to the door like so… (bad pic sorry)

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You can either use a bracket to attach the legs of your headboard to your bed frame…or just rest your headboard up against the wall and smoosh your mattress up against it. Ours is resting against the wall and even though our headboard is hecka-heavy it hasn’t budged.

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Its a good Saturday project and its cheap and easy with a little handy-woman know how. Someday I’ll tell you about the time I installed our sprinkler system all by myself….or about the time I installed all the electrical in our basement. :) True story.

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44 comments:

S said...

Wow I love what you did with that door and it just looks so posh now.

Dresden Quilter said...

That is a great headboard. I would have never thought about using a door.

Lisa said...

I love this!

Deb said...

That is such a fantastic idea. The things you can do with a door.

Chris said...

You are my kinda gal. I pulled wire for our last house, in an Idaho January. :)

Victoria Paige said...

Very cool. It looks beautiful.

Cairen said...

Go Allison!! I'm impressed with the door, but seriously impressed about the sprinkler system and basement wiring!

Me? A Mom? said...

love, love, love. As always!

Michelle said...

Wow! It's beautiful. Don't you just love making new things from old?

Truffle queen said...

I'll NEVER look at an old door the same way again! I LOVE it - I WANT it!

Shawn said...

I. love. it. Door hunting for me, great because my tall husband can't deal with a foot board. Thank you for the inspiration Allison,I've seen this idea before but it's the molding that makes it perfect.

Leslye Leigh said...

I love it so much!!! And you are right, men do not understand distressing a perfectly good paint job. :-) You did a fantastic job!

Paige said...

Awesome. I love it!

Phyllis said...

I love it!

fiberdoodles said...

Gorgeous!

Kris said...

Soooo clever! I love this idea!!

paulette said...

Amazing job!! You are incredible...and you sew too!
Paulette

Leslie said...

this is so gorgeous!!! i love it!

Lauren LiGreci said...

Ooo good job! Looks great!

pioneervalleygirl said...

I love this - if I didn't already have a headboard, I'd be out door-hunting this weekend

Melanie@Crafty Cupboard said...

I love what the extra molding did for the door! And, well, this woman doesn't understand distressing a perfectly good paint job either, but that's just me!

"Lois Grebowski" said...

Looks Awesome!

Jen of ReannaLily Designs said...

This is very inspiring! Especially knowing that it fit a king size.

houseonhilltop said...

That is so beautiful. You really did a nice job. It's fresh and warm at the same time.

Kate said...

Brillian idea and looks great!

Diane said...

Impressive!

Jayme said...

Way to go Al! (And Jay!) I love it...and I love that you still have the character of the original door, like the indentations where the old harware used to be! Can't wait to actually make a headboard for my bed...um, let me rephrase that, I can't wait to actually have my bed back!

Becky said...

I love this! I'm totally on the look ou for a door now! We are getting a king bed soon and I couldn't stomach the thousand or so for the bed frame. Now I'm not getting one!

Kristie said...

Have always wnated to do this...you found the perfect door! Love the comment about men not understanding about distressing, totally have had that discussion with my hubby!

Christine M said...

What a great idea. The headboard looks great!

Shirley said...

Someday I hope to do something like this. You make it look so easy! And it turned out amazing. I love it!

Debbie in Chico/Sacto said...

Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

Denise said...

You rock!!

Eileen said...

very nice headboard. you do plumbing and electrical? i'm super impressed. i want professionals or that sort of thing--i'm a chicken, so it's cool you can do it

pysselpralinen said...

What a fantastic idea! I would never have seen the possibilities in that door, and even if so, I would probably have given up half way through the project. But now I got really inspired! :-)

I´m so happy I found your blog (which I recently did). It´s filled with great sewing and crafting inspiration and I really like your way of writing, your tone. :-)

I fell in love with the felted rose pillow and tried to make my own version of it. And as you said, it was quick, easy and fun to make! I´m very happy with the result. :-)
I posted it on my blog. You can check it out if you want: pysselpralinen.blogspot.com
I also linked to your blog and the tutorial, I hope that´s ok?!
Thank you for the inspiration!
Greetings from Linda, in a very snowy, southern Sweden :-)

Cris A said...

I love that you take these projects on yourself. I'm also a handy-woman, my hubby "helps" but he just doesn't have the eye for detail. One of my biggest projects would be installing our light fixtures and the crown molding in our bathroom....alone....it took all day, but I DID IT!

Connie said...

This is really a neat idea! I showed it to my husband and he was impressed. Thanks!

Sassa http://anniemilia.vuodatus.net said...

Hi!
I just found your blog by browsing through sewing blogs.
Have to say this looks amazing. If I had looked the last picture first, I would never have known it a door.
So beautiful!

Christie, Describe Happy said...

Excellent work! And I laughed with your comment about distressing paint -- all I can think is, but dang it looks so cool!

amandajean said...

wow! that's impressive, Allison. I LOVE this so so much!

Esch House Quilts said...

The door/headboard looks great!

You are a brave woman to tackle electricity and sprinklers:)

Christina said...

What a beautiful headboard!

Rachel said...

You sound like my kind of woman. In always starting the home improvement projects. My husband usually steps in when something is too heavy or too high.

I'm might just borrow this idea.

Dee said...

I just saw this and immediately called my brother who has an old house, that is used for storage, with old doors!!! Yea, he said I could have them but have to get them myself! I'm working on getting my physical health back and this is a wonderful incentive. You're my kind of gal, also, love all you creative ideas. You are giving me such inspiration! Thanks so much!

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