I repurposed two antique armoire doors into a repurposed door headboard.
I bought these doors in the Spring of 2010 for $5.00 each. (as I recall-it was a LONG time ago)
They were in decent shape for their age.
I liked their detail.
When I bought them, I had no idea what I was going to do with them. So they sat in the garage leaned up against a shelf for 18 months, just waiting. I was waiting for them to “speak” to me, but they never did. Then I decide to use Mammaw’s dresser in the guest room. You can see that the color of the doors is already similar to the dresser before I stripped and refinished it.
I removed the door plate and cut each of the doors in half right at the doorknob hole.
The reason I cut the doors is because the left and right (top and bottom originally) don’t match. I thought turning it horizontally for the headboard it might look funny if the two sides didn’t match.
I used some good ole .50 cent cull bin lumber to secure the two ends together. My clamps weren’t long enough, so I clamped two clamps together to make it work. Someone had written I love Larry Jones on the back of the door. hahaha
I used drywall screws to attach 1x4’s.
This is how I clamped it.
I used some more 1x4’s to make “legs”, screwing them into the cross braces.
I sanded the headboard and stained it with Jacobean from Minwax. More cull bin lumber! I love it! It sort of looks funny, don’t cha think? sort of like two popsicles or something?
I purposely left the hinges at the “top” of the headboard. This is me taking it for a “test drive” to see if it is the right height, etc. I should have placed the legs further apart so that they would attach to the bed frame. Right now the headboard is wedged between the bed and the wall.
This is me “staging” the headboard! hahaha I’m glad you can’t see the rest of the room!!! Disastrous!
See the old lamp? What you can’t see in the picture, is that the new lumber is visible when you look “down” on the headboard.
Baby steps! I don’t usually rush when I do these projects. The headboard has been in the bedroom since early October. I just hung the Bushel & A Peck sign a few days ago.
Good news is, I have two more pieces, one from each door! They are still waiting in the garage, right back where they waited for 18 months. Let’s hope they speak to me before Spring 2013!
Gail Wilson is the author and mastermind behind My Repurposed Life. She is obsessed with finding potential in unexpected places and believes that with a little hard work and imagination, any old thing can be made useful again, including herself!
Gail reinvented herself during a midlife crisis and has found purpose again. She hopes you will find new ideas for old things and pick up a few tools along the way.