a new headboard for the guest room

The bed in the guest room has been changed out more times than I can count. Several different frames, some in there more than once, and the bed has waffled between a full and a queen size. I couldn’t find pictures of the other frames that have been in there, but here’s the iron bed in November of 2006.

guest room

Last year, it looked like this…that’s a full size mattress.

iron bed

We want to have a queen size bed in the guest room, though, so, for now, the queen mattress is sitting on a simple metal frame.

guest room ~ before the headboard

I do have a plan to have a bed made for the guest room. We had two large pine trees taken down last year and the wood was milled and saved. I want to use that and two old doors to make the new bed. But for now, we decided to hang an old door on the wall as a headboard.

The door came from the church my in-laws attended for years. This is what it looked like in our basement…not a promising start.

making a headboard from a door

But DH cleaned it up, sanded it, and painted it.

making a headboard from a door

Using the instructions on Martha’s site, DH modified the plans a bit and secured the door to the wall. Instead of a 2×4, he used a 2×6. The picture shows it after it has been cut on a 45 degree angle to make a cleat to hang the door on the wall. One piece is secured to the wall studs and the other piece is secured to the door.

making a headboard from an old door

making a headboard from an old door

The top cleat was made a bit shorter than the door to make it easy to adjust the headboard to the right or left without having the cleat show. He also added a small cleat to the bottom of the door to make it a bit more secure.

making a headboard from an old door

making a headboard from an old door

After hanging the headboard, DH put my angel pictures back up, centered over the headboard. The pictures are blown up copies of vintage Christmas postcards. By the way, the white spots on the pictures are reflections from the sun shining off the aluminum Christmas tree in the window.

making a headboard from an old door

making a headboard from an old door

The headboard makes the whole room look more finished. I love it!

~~Rhonda

6 Comments

  1. Sarah
    Posted November 25, 2009 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    oooooooo! I love it!

  2. Posted November 25, 2009 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Looks awesome Rhonda. Great job.

  3. ~~Rhonda
    Posted November 25, 2009 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Thanks! I am very happy with the way it turned out. 🙂

  4. Lynn
    Posted December 23, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    I really like what you’ve done to “my” room. Hope to be back in 2010 to enjoy. : )

  5. ~~Rhonda
    Posted December 23, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Lynn, you keep coming back, we’ll keep making it better for you. 🙂 Lots of love, ~~Rhonda

  6. Posted May 31, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Permalink

    Great work. I too make headboards out of old doors and new doors.

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