Since we couldn't find a headboard we both liked, we decided to make one. I had seen Debbie Travis' Painted House TV show and on one of the older episodes she made a headboard from an old door. We found an old panel door on one of the local junk/consignment shop and went to work
- First you have to remove all the hardware and patch holes if needed. Then measure the door and cut to size depending on the size of the bed.
- After that you need to attach a board or an MDF board on one long side. We left the hinge end on the bottom. The board width depends on the width of the wallpaper board you will need.
- On top of that you attach a crown molding.
- On top of the crown molding a board.
- You need a piece of narrow molding also to cover the seam between the door and the board.
- You also need anaglypta wallpaper boarder, which you will glue on the board, below the crown molding.
- If you want you can also make legs for the headboard. We attached ours to the back of the whole thing.
|Here is our headboard all assembled, but before the wallpaper border Not very pretty. We had to cut one panel out and you can see the lock hole on the bottom left of the door.|
- After it is all assembled paint the door the color you want, including the wallpaper boarder. It is meant to be painted. We painted ours a creamy color.
|Here it is all painted. You can see the anaglypta wallpaper border and how the antiquing sticks to it.|
- We antiqued the whole thing after painting using part glazing medium and dark brown color. Antiquing color depends on how dark you want it to look. If you have not done antiquing before, it is quite easy. Make sure your base color is all dry. Paint the glazing medium and color mix on the door. Take some old rags and wipe off the excess. How much you wipe off depends on the look you want. The paint will adhere to all the nooks and crannies of the door and especially on the anaglypta wallpaper border.
- I did put a coat of sealer on the whole headboard also.