(How to Turn an Interior Door into a Headboard)
Recycling and making wonders out of what once seemed unusable is never out of fashion. After all, there is a certain pride and uniqueness one tends to attach to something crafted and salvaged by one’s own hands. Also, you can make something customized to suit your needs without having to buy it and invest your leisure hours in some creative as well as rewarding activity.
Old doors made of solid wood are too good material-wise to throw away or leave up in your attic to molder. They usually are made of maple, mahogany, oak or chestnut and are sturdy and don’t have a hollow sound to them when thumped. The rails and stiles too make up well framed panels in decorative styles. Such doors can be easily found at salvage yards as well and are perfect to convert into headboards or wainscoting to add some innovation to your interior walls. Wall-hung headboards are a perfect touch of both the Victorian and rustic.
What to Consider Before You Begin
- Panels are oft-missed out when people tend to look for doors to convert. Pay attention to the shape, size and evenness in space of the panels. Many a time you might find some to be mis-matched. This is especially noticeable when you want to convert the door into a headboard by turning it on its side. Symmetry is important for a balanced and pleasing design. Ladder type panels or five panel doors look well, or those with stacked rectangles forming ladder rungs.
- After panels, the height of the door too matters. Depending on the size of the bed, you might have to trim the door down to balance both the sides so as to maintain a proportionate feel.
- A quick walk-through step-by-step guide.
- Door measurement is fundamental and should be carefully and accurately done. To trace the cut lines, a combination square can be used.
- Use a saw to slice off the extra length or overage of the door. Clamp a straightedge along the cut lines so that you saw the wood straight and have a guide fence as uneven edges will ruin the look.
- Patch the holes of the lock using wood scrap tapped in. In case there are holes in the surface, you can make putty out of glue and sawdust mixed. The sawdust caused by the off cutting can be used here. Spread it evenly using a putty knife.
- If the door is stripped, you need to get rid of splinters and round the edges with a random sander. If the door is painted, the finish has to be removed first. A liquid stripper works well.
- Mark out the length of the door face on the crown molding and cut it down to size leaving off cuts so that you can have decorative returns on the door’s outside edges. Secure the crown by glue and reinforce it by nails tapped at a six-inch interval.
- Natural furniture polish will return the door’s luster and bring out the grain pattern.
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