A few weeks ago, I decided that we needed a headboard. We have a king size bed on a cheap metal frame just pushed up against the wall. Boring. But I really didn't want to spend a lot of money. I searched many different sites for ideas - but everything was way too expensive. And any of the affordable options were sort of flimsy. So, on a recent trip to Buffalo ReUse (one of my favorite second hand stores), I searched for something I could use to make a headboard. After wandering through the many isles of old treasures, I decided on an old door. I know it's been done many times, but it is a great solution for my bedroom. Craig and I spotted a door right away. We measured it, looked it over, and set it aside. Then we looked through the hundreds of other old doors they had. Because I just wasn't sure. But in the end, we bought the first door we found. And for $10, we were thrilled to take it home. It has resided in my garage ever since -
So how did we choose this door? Well, we had a few reasons.
-It was symmetrical. Very important to us (even though I've seen this type of project done without a care to symmetry and look wonderful)
- It didn't have too many layers of paint already. I really didn't want to sand this thing down for days. And this door had very little paint to smooth out.
-It was simple in design. Even though we are using a door, I didn't really care for it to scream "I'm a door" when we were done.
-It was the perfect dimensions. Which was a great surprise to us when we picked it out so fast.
So, I'm finally getting around to working on this project. I put it on sawhorses -
And inspected the damage (it was pretty minor) -
I used a scraper and sander to clean it up -
After I scraped the loose paint and sanded the whole surface, I filled in the holes with wood putty -
I'll give it another quick sand as soon as it dries. Then, I'll wipe the whole door down with a tack cloth. I'm going to prime and paint it this afternoon. But I'm still trying to decide on a color - black or white. I have leftover paint and could go either way. I guess I'm going to have to decide soon...