Today, I'm sharing a tutorial for how to make a headboard out of bifold doors. I grabbed my sets of doors at a local garage sale awhile back, but I see these at thrift stores, salvage yards, flea markets, and on Craigslist all the time.
I was not going to post this tutorial until I repainted our bedside tables, but it doesn't look like that will happen anytime soon. My book manuscript is due in two weeks, the photos for it a month later. Then we have an unexpected project (actually multiple ones) kind of lined up after the book closes out on my end. More on that soon! So, it will be a long time before I can actually paint the tables...so please note this isn't the completely finished side of the room. But, do check out my tutorial for how to make a headboard out of bifold doors below.
This new headboard...well, this new room, actually, was the second thing that resulted from the spring 2015 wallpaper disaster. The first was my office/chalkboard wall. The third is my son's room, which I plan to post about this month, too (fingers crossed).
If you remember, I botched a major wallpaper removal that caused us to bring in a contractor to repair, resurface, and repaint. While we had him "on retainer", my husband had him paint our bedroom, too...out of nowhere. At first, it ruffled my feathers...I mean, I paint, for crying out loud. But after this contractor's crew of three knocked out our bedroom's paint in one hour flat, I settled down a bit. Okay, relished in it. I told my husband he caused the whooooooole thing with that paint request. I mean...did he expect to get away with painting an entire room and think I wouldn't want new bedding? (Our previous bedding was purchased when we got married...over 13 years ago. It wasn't like I hadn't already been in the market...this just gave me the justification I needed).
Purchasing new bedding opened up this ridiculous new can of worms. My husband actually took it a step further..."Isn't our mattress 13 years old, too?"
Can opened. No turning back now, man.
Our previous bed was a queen-sized bed. Over the years, we noticed how much better we both slept on a king-sized bed when we were at a hotel. So, you can see how this whole mess kind of unfolded on him. I bet he never hires anyone to paint a room for me again, right? Heh, heh.
So off to the bed store we went. The salesman who sold us our new bed kept pushing the headboard issue. We had declined several times. Finally, I looked him square in the eye and told him the truth, "Dude, no offense, but your headboards are too spendy for me," my husband was hiding from this convo in the truck by this time. "I flat out plan on Pinteresting it up, as far as a headboard goes."
Leon, the salesman, comes back at me with, "I've heard that a few times, ma'am. I'll see you in a week or so to pick out your headboard."
After he chuckled to himself, he had the nerve to wink at me.
Heck to the no.
Leon, my dear, consider this blog post your own personal throat punch. Wink.
After we lived without a headboard for a few weeks...and our pillows kept falling "down the drain" every night, my husband was ready to go crawling back to Leon for one of his stupid, overpriced headboards. My pride just would not let that happen. Leon had Pinterest-shamed me, y'all. Nobody gets away with that. I had a few things in mind. But, I kept revisiting these old bifold doors I had in the garage and toying with the idea of using them as a headboard.
I originally purchased these doors at a local church garage sale. I had already spent *almost* every bit of cash I had on other stuff at the garage sale. They were about to close up and were loading these in the pile to haul off as unsold stuff. I asked if they would take less than the $25 a set they were marked for (making them $100 for all eight doors) and they said they'd take whatever. I was terrified I would offend someone because I only had nine bucks in cash left...but they were elated for me to take these off their hands. They even loaded them in my husband's truck for me (I covet his bigger vehicle for good garage-sale-ing, which this ended up being). I had no clue what I would do with these doors (I tend to buy lots of stuff that falls into that category). They sat in my garage for over a year just like this...until it was time for a headboard and this was what I had on hand to work with (oh, I'll show you, Leon!).
I found some ideas on Pinterest and then came up with a plan.
I started by removing all hardware (besides the door handles, there were pins in the tops of the doors that held them in place in their frames when they served as someone's closet doors). If you create this, too, just use pliers to remove those pins. We purchased bifold door hinges to use for connecting the four sets of doors together to create one large piece.
My dad engineered this setup for me to make connecting the doors easier. He used clamps. The only other thing to keep in mind with this is to make sure you place your new hinges in the same places on the doors that the old hinges are in. That way, they look original-ish.
Then just screw the new hinges in place.
I had honestly planned to paint the doors once we had them all attached to each other. I even purchased a boatload of milk paint to turn them into a super shabby grey color with loads of weathering. We put them into place in our room to cut out a hole for the electrical outlet. I started thinking the actual stain on them may not be so bad. So, I did what any good woman would do...I took it to Facebook for a poll.
Only six of the 48 comments were in favor of paint. So, Facebook saved me half a day of painting fun. And honestly, I really like the warmth these added to the room. In the above pic, we only had six of them on the wall. Two of the doors were just slightly different than the others. But, we really needed them in the end, so we added them on either end...now that it's all in place, you can barely tell they're different.
I set aside my paintbrush and grabbed a can of Liquid Gold to clean these puppies up. Worked like a charm, y'all.
We added sconces on each end to save some real estate on our nightstands. Ironically, the two mis-matched doors that ended up on both ends were solid. So, we didn't even have to anchor the sconces. They didn't require electrical wiring either, as the cords ran inside those pipes and down to the plug. Nobody was more surprised than I was how easy these were to install.
We attached the actual doors to the wall with long screws into studs...we did this below the mattress so the screws wouldn't show. Since the doors were connected, it only required about four screws, total.
I added a fun wreath to break up all the wood tones.
I'm really happy with how it turned out.
What say you, Leon?
I really love having the sconces on the headboard...they're at a great height for reading. I do miss my 1970s touch lamps that were a breeze to turn on in the middle of the night, though...LOL! They were a bit too big for our smaller bedside tables, though.
Is this something you would use as a headboard?