Use an Old Door to Make a Headboard

My daughter brought me an old door 
she found on the side-of-the-road.
(she's a chip off the old block)

old door

The door had a lot of potential but was a mess!

Along with the door came a very detailed drawing 
by my daughter with the measurements from every angle.

drawing of the plans

The first thing I had to do was to cut off the bottom panel which made the door symmetrical and the right size for the bed.

Woman using the circular saw

This was my first go around with a brand new circular saw.

Supplies used to make the headboard

I screwed on two 1 x 6 boards to the back of the door. 

They had to be 59" apart on center and 25" off the ground.

Woman measuring wood

We drilled holes in the legs where they will attach to the bed frame.

My daughter measured and I cut and drilled.

pile of wood

We flipped the door over and gave the door a good sanding.

sanding the door

Then the clean-up guy came by and vacuumed up the dust.

Man vacuuming the door

Next came a few coats of lemon oil.

Lemon oil to bring out color in door



Standing the door on the side

Here is the finished product.

Finishe door

The finished product in her room.

headboard on the bed

Headboard in the room

Not bad for free!
(thanks again neighbors!)

Another successful mother-daughter project!

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  1. Susan that 5 panel beauty is truly a gem!!! I so wish I would come across finds like that, such a smart girl.

  2. not bad... for a mother/daughter project either. Maybe the best part about it. :) It looks super. Happy for you both.

  3. Ha! Thanks for the inspiration - I just scored a door at a garage sale for $5 and was wondering what to use it for!! I so need a new headboard :) Woo hoo - easy peasy project & I get my headboard to boot! You are so inspiring Susan.


  4. Fantastic! I've been looking for just such a door but haven't found one yet. I want to make it into a chalk board - daily organizer kind of a deal. Actually, the door to my son's room would be perfect. . . he better watch out!

  5. Wow! First, I love that your daughter shares your passion for crafting and second, it looks amazing! You are quite handy with powertools aren't you?! They scare the bejesus out of me but I'm determined to handle them this summer instead of waiting for the hubby!


  6. It looks great Susan!

  7. Oh I love it and it looks fabulous in her room. Hugs, Marty

  8. What a wonderful joint project!

  9. Your daughter's headboard is fabulous! The best part it was free and it looks like it became a fun family project.
    Mary Alice

  10. Beautiful! I did one 40 some years ago except I painted it and stenciled it and where the doorknob was I wired a light so there was a little lamp right in the middle for reading. I still have it but it's going to get re purposed one of these days. It was for a queen size and I have a double now and and found a big old 4 poster I want to redo and use. Projects....never ending but how fun! The wood on that is beautiful. Is it mahogany?

  11. The door made a beautiful headboard! I love that the whole family helped. It's gorgeous!


  12. That's awesome, love, love it!!

  13. It looks great! You and your daughter make a great team!

  14. Susan - as usual - awesome result! I love that you are wearing your jewelry while using the saw - a true modern day gal! Thanks for all the inspiration,

  15. Fun! Love this... Just moved into a new home and have been away from the blogs for over a months. Nice to come back for such awesome inspiration. I have a few headboards to think about. Love the pics with the family members.

  16. OK, it's letting me comment now ;-) I *love* it! I think it was a great decision NOT to paint this particular piece. Gorgeous!

  17. Susan',

    Wow, this head board is beautiful. Great find from your daughter....the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree....:)

  18. wow, it's a beautiful headboard. I made mine years ago very similar to this. FREE is great! Mine was free too, it looked like it had been shot up when I removed all the tons of hardware from it.
    have a great weekend,

  19. The headboard looks wonderful! How great to get it for free :)


  20. So Beautiful Susan! I Love it just the way it
    is, without paint. Beautiful wood grain.
    You are so creative and an inspiration to all.
    Thanks for sharing!!

  21. Beautiful! What an awesome find!

  22. wow, I have an old door and am stripping the paint. i plan to stain it a dark color and hope it will look just like yours. thanks for the how to on the legs, i wasn't sure how i was going to do that yet.

  23. Awesome!!!!! and thanks for the tutorial

  24. Looks nice to have a "clean up guy" :) Laurel

  25. Nice work - finding doors in that condition are rare scores!

  26. Hi there! Found your tutorial via Pinterest and trying to do this with a door my dad found. Can I ask how you attached the bed to the headboard? Or did you attach it to the wall? Thank you!!!


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