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).
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.