How to Make a New Headboard From an Old Door

On December 11, 2015 by Josh

If you have an old five-panel door lying around and you aren’t sure of what to do with it, you will love this antique headboard project idea. With a little bit of time and effort, you can transform any five-panel door into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind headboard that will add visual appeal to your bedroom. Here’s how to get started:

  1. Trim the Door

It is not uncommon for the top or bottom of a panel door to be a little uneven. Carefully measure the top and bottom panels and use a saw to trim them as needed.

  1. Remove the Hardware

There is no need for door hardware on a headboard, so remove it (this includes the doorknob, hinges, and any locking mechanisms that may be on the door).

  1. Scrub and Clean the Door

Depending on the condition of the door, you may need to scrub it down and clean it before continuing on with your headboard project. Wet doors should be allowed to dry for at least 10 hours.

  1. Add Trim

Choose wood trim that will complement the antique look of the door, and nail it to the long side of the door that will become the top end of your headboard. Secure a 1”x4” board to the top of the trim with nails to create a small shelf.

  1. Caulk Gaps and Prime Door

Use caulk to fill in any gaps between the door and the trim, and to fill in the nail holes with putty. Once the caulk has dried, prime the entire door and trim.

  1. Choose Paint

Choose the base and accents colors you want for your headboard (satin sheen is recommended), as well as a water-based glaze to give your headboard an antique look. Paint the entire headboard with two coats of the main paint color (allowing the door to dry thoroughly between each coat). Mix one part colorant with four parts glaze in a disposable cup, and apply the glaze mix to the dry headboard. Quickly wipe off any excess glaze mix with paper towels, then gently wipe down the glaze with a damp rag until you achieve your desired patina. It is important to do this before the patina dries completely.

  1. Install!

Once your headboard has dried completely, it is time to install it on the wall of your bedroom and push your bed up against it and to gaze upon the glory that is your DIY project. You will love the character and beauty this simple headboard project brings to your room.

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