Antique Door Turned Headboard

10 Mar

For our wedding (6 months ago now, can’t believe it), we salvaged this old 1800’s door from an architectural salvage yard in Rockford, IL. The same awesome place we got our “new” front door. We used the door to hang keys that served as guests’ escort cards.

Pollard_287We kept the door around with the idea to re-purpose it somehow into the house like we did with the big chalkboard sign turned sentimental art. I was toying with the idea of a corner shelf (like this), but decided it would work really well as a headboard in the 2nd spare bedroom.

We thought about attaching legs to it and then screwing it into the bed frame but landed on this really simple way to accomplish it instead.

First we had to cut down the door about 8″ or so on one side so that it would fit a Queen sized bed.


Then we picked up some $2 hooks from Home Depot…IMG_2681

Attached them to the back of the door….


And hung it up behind the bed like a picture.


And voila!



See the peachy coral pillow? It was my very first sewing project ever, I made it out of some clearance napkins from Target that were 4 for $3. Probably the simplest sewing project in the world, but you gotta start somewhere. Here’s a tutorial if you are interested.


The rest of the spare bedroom is mostly set up so I can show some other pictures. But first, here’s how it looked when we closed in October.

purple sharapova

Sharapova, no more.


The black furniture is my childhood furniture that I painted black right after college. It has seen better days and the black doesn’t really go, so it so will either get re-painted or replaced.IMG_2702


We still have plenty to do in here including trimming out the new window..


But we’re happy with how it’s shaping up and think the door turned headboard adds a lot of charm.

PS. I bit the bullet and decided to buy a domain name for the blog for $18/year, so you can now just go to to see what we’re up to.

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