September 09, 2012

Headboard Before & After

My client, Brandi, wanted to turn these old doors into a headboard. She saw this headboard (click here) and asked if I could duplicate the look for her. She didn't want them as distressed but she loved the overall look of them.

The original paint was caked on and there was splintered wood along the edges. I got a splinter that I am still cursing about and a scar to show for it!
I stripped the paint, sanded the wood smooth, and painted with Swiss Coffee chalk paint.
Brandi wanted a chalky look and I love the chalk paint because I can work so much faster because of the fast drying time.
My husband added a piano hinge between the doors so it could be hung as one door instead of two.
I don't have any pictures hanging the door but we used a french cleat (click here for more info) to hang the door on the wall.

There is a lot of natural light in this space (floor to ceiling windows)

I spray painted the face plates on the doors with Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint and added a coat of wax to the doors.

Our girls waited as patiently as they could to join the photo shoot!
I loved reusing these old doors to make such a gorgeous headboard. I love stuff that is one of a kind and that nobody else has.
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  1. Absolutely Beautiful and wonderfully unique! Great job Helen...

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Your words truly touch me.

  3. Beautiful, and I like yours better, I like how tall they are and add height. I also like that they are not even on top. Very unique and pretty. Great job! Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!

  4. Gorgeous - like Cathy I also love the height!

  5. Love the doors as a headboard. Would love for you to share this at my link party. Hope to see you there!

  6. that looks awesome, helen! and i love your pillows! :)

  7. Love this Helen! As always great work!

  8. Another beautiful project Helen.