Friday, 5 August 2011

DIY up-cycled headboard

Projects. It seems that a lot of projects get started in our house, and before you are finished - a new one is started. This often means that it takes along time to finish things due to excitement/focus/motivation.....

About 6 years ago I thought it would be cool to turn an old door into a headboard. I was living in an old house at the time and found a door in the attic. For awhile I had the door leaning behind my bed as I tried out the idea. Then I spent some evenings scraping the varnish from the door. This was done on my tiny little balcony, in half hour increments over the summer of 2006. I never quite finished sanding it down to the bare wood before I moved in May 2007. I then moved in December 2009 and again in February 2011.....each time the door/headboard moved with me and was stored in the garage.

In July, as I was trying to make sure everything was 'unpacked' and put away from our move a few months earlier, I decided enough was enough and that I would finish my headboard project.

I have spent many hours looking at various DIY woodworking blogs, and have grown to love and she has definitely been motivation for finishing this project. She makes fantastic furniture, and shares the plans on her website.

I don't have a 'before' picture, well I might but unsure where that would be 6 years later...... and to be honest, the project isn't completely finished, its just leaning behind the bed. I still need to attach it to the frame.

I chose the dimensions based on the size of the door, not the size of the bed. Now the question is - do I centre it with a little extra headboard on each side? or centre the bed on the vertical portion of insets, and have it off set as in the photo?



NotANaturalSAHM said...

I like it offset, but I have no sense of fashion or style, so don't take my word on it.

Roisin said...

This is beautiful Lauren. Great job!
Once I made a table out of an old door. ~Roisin