Making a Headboard from an Old Door

Here is a diamond in the rough 💎 . . . we saw potential! 🧐

This old door had six panels, but we only needed five panels for a queen sized bed headboard. That works great because Neal prefers an odd number of panels. (For my sake, glad he likes odd!😉)

Before . . . one side . . .

Before . . . the other side . . . 

First we sanded . . . 

And then we sanded the other side . . .  just enough to knock off the loose paint. We liked the rustic look. 

Filling the Holes:

Neal filled the holes with Bondo wood filler.  Love my talented Neal! 🥰

Painting the Door and Trim:

We lightly painted just one coat of paint (not chalk paint) and after it dried, sanded off to reveal the colors beneath.

We painted a 1 x 3 flat piece of wood (for the top of the door) and a long piece of 1.25″ picture molding. We first painted both pieces of trim brown and then a second coat of the blue once the brown dried. (We actually had Home Depot match the blue on the original door.)  Once the blue dried, we painted this with the off-white that we used on the original door.

Cutting the Trim:

We added two pieces of trim at the top of the door. We added a 1 x 3 as the flat piece at the top and added picture molding under the flat piece. The picture molding was 1.25″. (Note: There is a difference between picture molding and crown molding; picture molding is solid on the back and rest flat on the door.)

If you want a more dramatic look, you could add a larger piece or a more decorative piece of picture molding.

Neal cut the ends of the picture molding at a 45 degree angle using a miter saw. WARNING: Be very careful as you measure and cut angles. We have made many mistakes on this part. 🤦‍♀️ It is like making a puzzle and you need to pay attention if your measurement is from the short or long (pointed end) once you cut. The only good thing about making a mistake is that you learn what to do (or not do) next time. Really think through this part!

Neal attached with finishing nails and then caulked the joints.

Here is another look on the other end . . .

Attaching to Bed Frame:

We used a 2 x 4 (cut in half to have two pieces) to attach to the bed frame. You really don’t see the 2 x 4 boards, but I painted the boards off-white just to blend and give a more finished look.Here is a picture attached to the bed frame. 

After . . .

We originally made and used this headboard in another house as seen below.  And another view with the bed made. Another view at night with lighting . . .Here is this same headboard at our lake house in my daughter and son-in-laws bedroom.

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13 thoughts on “Making a Headboard from an Old Door”

    1. Hey Charmaine,
      YES, you could install this directly on the wall. We actually made a king size headboard from a new door for my in-laws and hung it directly on the wall. It worked great!
      Thanks for reading our blog!

    1. Jennifer,

      Thank you for taking the time to share this. I am delighted our post helped you make a headboard! Knowing that makes my day!

      Thanks again!


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