Tuesday, July 20, 2010

My Vintage Door Headboard Project

So...this is one of last weekend's projects. My friend Sandra gave me this door two years ago, because I wouldn't let her throw it away. She said "What are YOU going to do with it?" and I said "I don't know, but I'll think of SOMEthng!"
So....I've been letting it weather outdoors next to the garage through 8 tumultuous seasons, and this is what has become of it:
Yes, I agree. It's kind of gross. But I can totally see the potential in gross.
So I started scraping and sanding.
I love my king sized bed, even though it pretty much eats this tiny bedroom for lunch:
Oh, and I hardly ever make my bed. Unless company is coming. (Which was this past weekend...so I actually broke down and made it on Saturday....but I digress)
I went down into my basement, which is also set up with my chop saw, and found some old chippy molding hanging out in the rafters. I pulled it down, and put it under a 1 x 6 board that I had screwed to the top edge of the door:
This is the front of the headboard, all screwed together. I just put 1 x 3" legs on the back. I probably should have put one in the middle for more stability, but I didn't.
Because really, I'm just lazy, and always looking for the quick fix.
This is the back side of the door, which I thought I was going to like for a cottagy look in my bedroom, but really, it just looked like a hot mess. So I painted the other side.
Oh, and did I forget to mention that no matter what I did, I couldn't get that darn handle hardware off? So I just worked with it, and hung a tassel.
I was impressed with how all that crappy wood could clean up so well! See? :
Now I can read in bed without worrying about all 72 of my pillows falling down into the black hole behind the bed. It's pretty cool like that. Also, I don't have to have a curtain that keeps getting bunched up behind my pillows, and I don't have to worry about breaking that window any more. It's all good! And since I've taken these final pictures, I've moved the painting on the right up, and added another on the left, to balance things out.

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7 comments:

paintergal said...

I do!
Very clever.
And I like the off center doorknob.
It has its own personality- just daring enough to be off center, but still traditional and lovely.

Erin The Apartment Homesteader said...

that turned out awesome! my kind of furniture!

jennifer said...

I am totally jealous! I've been looking for just the right door to make into a headboard. Yours is absolutely gorgeous! Thanks!

dec0r8or said...

Thanks everyone! Carol, it's good to see you around these parts! LOL! It's been a while!

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

nice! I like the fact that you left the door knob and added that cute tassel!
I've made one, however the door I used looked like it had been through a war!
gail

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

LOVE it! You and your friend the chop saw, eh?

Thanks o' thanks for your warm thoughts...they were felt.

Lettered Cottage said...

WOW! It looks GREAT! :-)

Layla

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