When we redid out bedroom, I knew I wanted to use an old door as our headboard. I didn’t know what color or stain I wanted, I just knew I wanted a door. So, I went to our local Habit Re-Store, and found a lovely candidate for $20.00. Now don’t be a hater but I didn’t take a before picture!!!!! I know, sorry I was completely engulfed in this project and just forgot. The photo below was taken after I did my first cleaning but before I sanded, so you sort of get an idea, however it was not that white when I bought it. It was dingy white, with chipping paint all over and reallllllllllly dirty, but I loved the panels on this door.
I wiped the whole door down to get the grime off and sanded it with my hand sander. (I always use baby wipes to wipe down my projects- personal preference and I used a dust mask to prevent inhaling the old sanded paint. Who knows how old this door is, but what I do know is that I don’t want in my lungs!)
I then used a 1 inch wood chisel on the inside corners where the paint got caked up. Takes the old paint off like butta.
As you can see there must have been about 8- 10 layers of paint on this door. After sanding a little bit I decided I LOVED all the colors of the paint showing through. So I quickly made up my mind that I was not going to sand down to the bare wood and would paint the door while letting the old colors show on the corners and edges only.
I decided to keep the door white. So I just took some white paint I already had and freshened up the whole door and then power sanded the corners and edges again to let the old paint come through. (NOTE: this door was too long for our king bed, so we cut a few inches off the one end to make it fit)
After my paint was dry and I was happy with my sanding, I applied a wax over the whole door and especially areas where the old paint was showing through to protect it.
(I used MINWAX Paste, Finishing Wax; I apply it by putting on vinyl glove and digging in the can with a white lint free cloth and rubbing it right over the areas that I am waxing)
Alrighty, so how do I hang this thing??? French cleat baby!
French cleats are an easy, yet strong way to hang large and/or heavy items on your wall. This door was SOLID, so we decided to go with a French cleat to hang this. (Especially when it’s hanging above my head while sleeping at night.)
I bought a 1x3x6 and used a jigsaw on a 45 degree angle to cut the wood lengthwise into two identical beveled strips. NOTE TO SELF: using a jigsaw freehandedly will most likely give you a pretty ragged looking edge. See what I mean! This process is still effective just not pretty looking.
The correct way to get a nice clean french cleat is to use a table saw. It’s a cinch to do this on a table saw. All you do is rip a board near its center at 45 degrees. Easy! (We didn’t use a table saw because we had to much junk in the way at that moment in time)
After your cut is made, you are left with two pieces of wood with 45 degree cuts on both pieces. One half of the board will be attached to the wall, the other half will be attached to the back of the headboard. We used simple wood screw to attach this piece to the back of the headboard. You just want to make sure the angle is facing the correct way:)
You want to make sure the piece that is attached to the wall is oriented so that the angle is facing up, and the longer edge of the angle facing out. You also want to be sure to attach the piece on the wall to studs. The piece that is attached to the back of the headboard is oriented so that angles faces down and the longer part of the angle faces out. (directions sounds kinda tricky but it’s really easy once you piece them together)
We attached this piece with 4 screw into the studs.
Now we are ready to place the headboard. This is what it will look like after placing the headboard with the attached cleat onto the one attached to the wall. You can see how they fit together perfectly.
So this is how it looks. It’s solid as a rock and gorgeous all at the same time!
Me likey! Husband approved!
So, If you are looking for unique headboard, give an old door a try. It’s cheap, easy, and fun. Endless possibilities for different looks:)