DIY Headboard from a Closet Door

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Wait until you see this DIY headboard from Marty's Musings transformed from an old louvered closet door into a chalk painted and distressed shabby chic beauty!

I’m not sure why all our DIY projects seem to take FOREVER but it could be that we’re just like you and have full time jobs and family obligations and church activities and on and on.

So we won’t talk about the fact that we revealed our master bedroom makeover last August and I’m just now getting the DIY headboard tutorial onto the blog!

Our budget bedroom makeover stemmed from the ghastly gold walls and hodge podge accessories. It.was.not.pretty.

If you look closely enough you can see the headboard matched the furniture. 

Okay, maybe you shouldn’t look TOO close. 

 Wait until you see this DIY headboard from Marty's Musings transformed from an old louvered closet door into a chalk painted and distressed shabby chic beauty!

I actually (and yes, that was me!) chalk painted the headboard to go with the rest of the room makeover before we changed directions and gave it to our newlywed son.

My DIY hubby is going to share all the pertinent details. Have at it, sweetie!

From Tim: 

One of the perks of being in a construction-related business is that you can claim any discards from job-sites that might be re-purposed. Such is the case with this project and these louvered closet doors. I salvaged these from a client that preferred new solid wood doors installed, and they made the trip home!

I didn’t know what they would become, only that they would become. The day came when that need was revealed…a re-purposed headboard!

 Wait until you see this DIY headboard from Marty's Musings transformed from an old louvered closet door into a chalk painted and distressed shabby chic beauty!

Given the structure of these doors, I really only had two choices as far as sizing the headboard; using the larger top section or the shorter bottom section. In either case, the door would be cut horizontally at the center brace.

This is far easier than cutting through the slats and then trying to re-build the door. I was also pretty sure that I wanted more headboard to show above the mattress and bedding than the small section would allow, once installed.

After that decision, I just marked a line across the center of the brace where the door would be cut. Each of two sets received the same treatment from here forward.   

Wait until you see this DIY headboard from Marty's Musings transformed from an old louvered closet door into a chalk painted and distressed shabby chic beauty!

 Flat on saw horses…cut with circular saw. Nothing much more at this step. 

Wait until you see this DIY headboard from Marty's Musings transformed from an old louvered closet door into a chalk painted and distressed shabby chic beauty!

That really is it as far as cutting and sizing! Here is my headboard ready for the paint department to take over…oh, wait. That’s me, too!

Wait until you see this DIY headboard from Marty's Musings transformed from an old louvered closet door into a chalk painted and distressed shabby chic beauty!

Now, here’s the interesting part. We knew we wanted a distressed look, but doing so through white paint over pine was not going to provide the desired result. So, I sprayed a light coat of Rustoleum metallic gray aerosol paint over the entire surface. This would allow me to chalk paint (white) over the gray and then distress back down to expose the gray. Sounds like an extra step, but it made the difference we were looking for.

I’m guessing you could get a similar result by just chalk painting and using a dark wax to achieve the distressed look, but I just don’t like that dark wax.

Why metallic paint? It’s just what I happened to have in my shop! No sense buying something when you can use what you already have.

Wait until you see this DIY headboard from Marty's Musings transformed from an old louvered closet door into a chalk painted and distressed shabby chic beauty!

This didn’t have to be solid coverage. I just wanted enough to show through when sandpaper was used to distress. Two light coats did the trick.

Wait until you see this DIY headboard from Marty's Musings transformed from an old louvered closet door into a chalk painted and distressed shabby chic beauty!

This picture shows the process of chalk painting over the top of the gray spray paint. Painting louvered doors is a pain! It is one of my least favorite surfaces to tackle, so it’s a good thing you don’t have to be perfect with chalk paint! 

Wait until you see this DIY headboard from Marty's Musings transformed from an old louvered closet door into a chalk painted and distressed shabby chic beauty!

I used two coats of Annie Sloan Pure White and a clear wax, but Marty has also used Americana Chalky Paint from DecoArt on home decor accessories and it’s a cheaper option with tons of color options. (You can find the paint here, as well as the wax.)

Now on to the distressing! (Marty: I did that part! Because it’s kinda hard to mess it up!)

Wait until you see this DIY headboard from Marty's Musings transformed from an old louvered closet door into a chalk painted and distressed shabby chic beauty!

And here we are, all sanded and ready to use! Remember, I used two sets of doors, so there are four panels, attached with hinges at the center joint.

Wait until you see this DIY headboard from Marty's Musings transformed from an old louvered closet door into a chalk painted and distressed shabby chic beauty!

 Just a closer look at the other two panels. Oh! Don’t forget to wax! I used clear wax.

Wait until you see this DIY headboard from Marty's Musings transformed from an old louvered closet door into a chalk painted and distressed shabby chic beauty!

And here they are installed. Ideally, you want to screw through the panels into the wall studs. If that is not possible, just pre-drill the holes, marking the wall where the screw lands. Install wall anchors of your choice and then drive screws through the panel and into the anchors.

I originally also attached the bed frame to the panels, but everything squeaked with the slightest movement, so I nixed that and just left them independent of each other.

Wait until you see this DIY headboard from Marty's Musings transformed from an old louvered closet door into a chalk painted and distressed shabby chic beauty!

From Marty: Here you can see the headboard installed, but I wasn’t quite done with the finished piece.

 This simple tutorial from Marty's Musings will teach you how to use scrap fabric and clothing to make a DIY fabric rag banner that will brighten up any room, decor or party.

 The fabric rag banner (all the details here) and the “always kiss me goodnight” sign just completed the makeover, don’t you think?

This simple tutorial from Marty's Musings will teach you how to use scrap fabric and clothing to make a DIY fabric rag banner that will brighten up any room, decor or party.

I couldn’t be happier with my new bedroom that I decorated for practically nothing with no sew fabric cornices.

How to Decorate a Bedroom for Practically Nothing - Marty's Musings

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Comments

  1. Grace Gleason says:

    Very nice, you two! Love the headboard, and the cornices are real winners.

  2. This is an awesome idea. I how this turned out. And the banner just makes it all the more prettier.

  3. This looks beautiful and really lightens up the space. I think I need to do something like this for my daughters room.

  4. What a dramatic transformation! It loooks amazing!

    Thanks for sharing at #SmallVictoriesSundayLinkup ! I pinned your post to the group board Small Victories Sunday.

  5. What a transformation! Thank you for sharing the before picture and also for such a detailed explanation on how you painted the shutters.

  6. This is an amazing transformation. You two did a wonderful job! Thank you for partying with us at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop!

  7. This is so adorable! Such a unique headboard, and I love how you styled it. I’m featuring tomorrow night at Motivational Monday! 🙂

  8. I love it…so cute! Love the colors! Thank you so much for sharing at Share It One More Time…Tammy

  9. Love this idea. My daughter needs a headboard. This might be the perfect solution. Thanks for sharing at the party! Pinned & shared. Hope your off to a great start to your week. Hope to see you again soon.

  10. Goodness gracious, I love how this turned out! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up with us over at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again this Friday!

  11. Hello Cute lady! I’m just stopping by to let you know that Kimberly has chosen your DIY headboard as her favorite from the last week’s party and it will be featured tonight at our new party! Happy dance time! Thanks for sharing it with us! Lou Lou Girls

  12. Wow, what an improvement! You got a big return on the time you invested in this. Thanks for posting. Hello from Think and Make Thursday.

  13. Hi, Marty! Just wanted to let you know that we loved this post SO MUCH from last week’s #HomeMattersParty that we featured it this week! Check it out, if you like! http://theroadtodomestication.com/2015/06/12/home-matters-linky-party-41/ Happy Friday!

  14. I’m amazed at this headboard! This is such a cute idea!! I love the colors of you pillows, too!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ The Submarine Sunday Link Party

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