Today I have a fun and easy DIY project that will add a ton of character to a bedroom space. having a bed pushed up against any wall is fine, however a headboard helps polish & finish off the space. You can easily do this project for under $100. You can also customize it for any size bed. Let's get started!
Step 1: Find a Door
I headed to my local home building salvage store where they have a TON of doors to choose from. There are usually stores just like this one in most cities. They collect used home supplies and re-sell the for a discounted price. It's a great place to get unique items to add character and charm to your home. I picked a solid wood door with a few inset panels for detail, to do this project.
Step 2: Measure and cut.
Measure the door and cut off the edges to get the desired width. Standard mattress widths are as follows:
Headboards are usually sized with an additional 2-4" on each side of the mattress.
You can really make it any size that works best for your space, these are just some guidelines to get you started!
Cut the door to size using a circular or jig saw.
Step 3: Cut and apply your trim.
Adding trim to the top of the headboard really gives it a nice finished appearance. I used a piece of crown molding and a 1x4 for the cap. Cut these to size and attach using glue and a nail gun.
Step 4: Sand and prep for paint.
Sand the edges of the wood trim, scrape any peeling or cracking paint from the door and clear the whole thing (I use a 50/50 solution of denatured alcohol and water for cleaning).
Step 5: Paint!
It's no secret, my favorite go-to furniture paint is General Finishes Milk Paint. It's easy to apply and goes on nice and smooth, giving a professional finish every time. I used a custom mixed gray color (4 parts Snow White, 1 part Driftwood). Apply with a nice brush and let dry.
One quick trick for you. After the first coat of paint, if there are any roughs pots, especially on the raw trim wood, wrinkle up a piece of paper bag or kraft paper and "sand" with that. It will take off any rough-ness without taking off the paint! Once you have done that you are ready for a second coat.
Step 6: Add 2x4s to attach to the bed frame.
This is optional, as you can just hang the door on the wall using a Hangman Hanging System. However, if you'd like to attach the headboard to your bed frame, add 2x4s to the door. I just attached using 2 screws. Now you can use bolts and nuts and bolt this directly to the metal bed frame.
Step 7: Step back and admire your work!
You now have a beautiful, unique headboard for your room!
I hope you've enjoyed this simple Up-cycled Project! I love how this turned out, and I can't wait to make another one!!