I’ve been wanting to make an old door headboard for one of our guest rooms for quite awhile. I had my heart set on giving an old door a distressed finish. That was the plan. Since the other guest room is entirely furnished with the distressed look, we went with basic black to highlight the Parisian Taupe walls.
We love the black headboard! And it was fast and easy to make.
First, find a door. Just about any door will do. We happened to find this one curbside around the corner from us.
We bought a quart of black paint with an eggshell finish. I used an inexpensive sponge brush for the first coat then switched to an old bristle brush for the second and touch up coats.
I had my heart set on an old antique or reproduction crystal door knob. That idea wasn’t feasible. There simply wasn’t any way to connect a regular knob to the door while still keeping the back side of the door flat. NY spotted this barn/gate handle and I immediately knew it was the answer.
The door had been sitting out in the weather so it was in need of a good scrubbing.
I gave the door its first coat of paint. I set it in the sun thinking it would dry quickly, which it did. It also became quite hot so we moved it into the garage.
This is when I switched to the bristle brush and added the second coat.
With just a bit of touch up the painting was done.
We didn’t actually hang the door ourselves. Our trusty handyman was doing some work in the attic so he hung the door for us. He used four washers and four lag bolts, one in each corner of the door.
The only thing missing is a set of antique skeleton keys to hang on the door handle. They’ll turn up. I’m sure of it.
He said: Recycled and reused, this former door makes for a great headboard. And Cathi’s ‘to do’ wish list has one more item accomplished.
She said: I love it! It’s the perfect look for our guest room. Until we come across a vintage set of skeleton keys, this oversized patina key will do just fine.