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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 www.12oaksblog.com to see what we’re up to.

Floors, Doors & More

9 Dec

Sorry for the delay in posts, I have been out of town every weekend for the past 5 weeks (Fiji for 2, Nashville, Miami for a bachelorette party, then Rockford this past weekend). I’m ready to spend some time at home and away from airports for a while.

Even though I’ve been traveling so much, lots has been going on at the house. The big thing being the floors are refinished upstairs! Not without a hiccup of course though. Our plan was to have them all done while we were on our honeymoon since you can’t walk on them for several days during the process. We came home hoping to finally move in upstairs, but they were messed up. There were bubbles throughout the top coat, so we had to wait another week until they were fixed. Meanwhile, we were sleeping in the dining room.

But alas, they are done and look great!

Here’s one of the bedrooms sans furniture.


The stairs:



Here’s a look at them when we moved in.


Stairs- Before

We still need to get new railings for the banister (several are missing), stain and paint them, and clean up the paint on the risers, but we’re almost done. We started hanging frames going up the stairs today too, so I will be back with an update later.

Here is the upstairs hallway now. Doc wanted to be in this photo.


Along with new floors, Ben installed new shoe molding. The old stuff matched the floors so we bought white stuff and painted all the baseboards and trim bright white.


You may notice the doors are missing. That’s because they are all in the basement in a makeshift spray booth getting sprayed with the paint sprayer. It looks pretty funny like a door graveyard.IMG_1989

Ben gave them their first coat today, so we should have them ready soon. Also still need to get new oil rubbed bronze door knobs to replace the shiny brass ones.

On the subject of doors, we scored this 1920’s exterior door yesterday at an architectural salvage yard in Rockford.


We’ll put this on the front of the house and haven’t decided if we will stain it or not. They just don’t make them like this any more. This was only $140 compared to if we tried to buy something like this new it would be $1,000 or more.

We also put the Christmas tree up this week. I love it. I like to switch up the color scheme every year (God bless Ben for letting me), and this year is purple and silver. You like?


IMG_1993And last but not least we welcomed a new family member this week! A new little Tuxedo kitten named Mia.

IMG_2008She is teeny tiny, just 2.5 lbs but were already fattening her up. She is SUPER cuddly and friendly and after a couple of days has warmed up to Doc. Here’s how I caught them in the kitchen today. I’d say they are going to be good friends.


Today we spent all day unpacking the rest of the boxes, hanging picture frames, moving furniture, laying down rugs and getting organized. It’s coming together. I’ll try to do an upstairs house tour soon!