How to make a headboard

It’s been asked a time or two (sorry for the delay, Chelsea!) that I share how we (read: Matt) made our queen sized headboard. An old door from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, some cheap trim, nails, sand paper, a can of spray paint, and a bit of work is all it took.

White space. #vscocam #Snapseed uploadShe never sleeps alone, ever.  Daily prompt: #sweetdreams at #iheartfaces with @mtpoolie. #vscocam #dadsinthegame #daddyishot #lovehome Daylight savings time plus a fresh attempt at night weaning = this. Must be nice. Time to get up, Sister. #iheartfaces #vscocam #mamaistired #thecause

I had to go digging around deep in my archives in order to find the original pictures. All the way back to August 2010 when we first moved into our house and before I used Instagram (follow along @thepools) to take all my pictures.

Nothing like taking three years to share a project. Up tomorrow: that one time we went to a parade in 2008. #Justkidding.

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We started with this door from the ReStore. (This picture is after we made the first cuts. Sorry!) My goal was to find a door with evenly spaced panels. We then measured and cut off equal parts on either side in order to fit our queen size bed. If you have a king sized mattress, this door would have certainly worked. Unfortunately, we only have a queen.

We didn’t bother to fill in the door knobs since those parts are below the mattress.

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Next, we simply flipped the door over to the white side and quickly sanded the entire thing down. (If you were to come and take our bed apart, you would see that the backside is still red and the large holes at the bottom. #truestory.) Next we ran to Home Depot and bought some trim. Miter the corners, nail it in, add some wood putty, and sand the corners again.

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Finally we spray painted the whole thing using light strokes for a quick even coverage.  For the record, I am terrible at spray painting.

We didn’t make any additional legs or attach it to bed frame at all. It is currently sitting on three evenly spaced 4X4 posts and anchored to the wall for stability. We pushed the box springs up next to it to make sure there is no chance of it falling over.

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Ta da! A headboard made from an old door. Boom. Questions? Let me know!

When I was going through my 2010 archives, I found this picture of Simon. One of my favorites. Bennett has a couple of loose teeth and it makes my heart happy knowing that more gappy toothed pictures are coming. ♥

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In case you are wondering:

Duvet cover: clearanced Pottery Barn find
Side tables: red one- thrifted and spray painted // other- a gift
Lamps: Pottery Barn (some day I shall replace the cream shades to match better)
Yellow striped sheets: Target
Crib: useless since Baby Girl prefers the bed



3 thoughts on “How to make a headboard

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