90 year old door made into a headboard to fit both a king size and queen size bed frame.

The Decorator we worked with asked us to make the headboard to fit both a king size and a queen size bed, After cleaning and sealing the front of the door we painted the other trim details using a color still visible from one of the original paints on the door.
This headboard's new home. The Decorator did a wonderful job with this color palette. It looks so comfy!
Designed to fit both a king size and a queen size bed.
We color-matched one of the remaining colors on the from then painted the added trim, legs and shelf. Both the Customer and our Team were very happy with the results.
Ready for Customer pickup.
This is one of the few pics of me when I'm not covered in sawdust.

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Have a question about this project?

27 questions
  • Brian
    on Nov 4, 2015

    How do you seal the paint so the lead does not impact health? GREAT JOB! It is beautiful!

  • Raeanne Carson
    on Nov 10, 2015

    Does the headboard just stand up against the wall on its legs or do you attach it to the bed frame or secure it to the wall?

    • Vintage Headboards
      on Nov 10, 2015

      @Raeanne Carson Good afternoon Raeanne. Our Headboards are designed to attach to standard metal bed frames. We provide hardware to attach the tops to the wall so that when decorations are placed on the shelf there won't be a concern of things falling when you hop into bed. We also make wall mount versions so the headboards will be made without legs entirely in those applications. Check out www.vintageheadboards.storenvy.com for more info.

    • Sheila Thompson
      on May 12, 2016

      Dads door headboard

  • Jennifer Beckham
    on Jan 3, 2016

    If I may ask, what color green paint is on your walls?

    • Vintage Headboards
      on Jun 11, 2016

      I am sorry Jennifer - that was chosen by the Decorator working with our our Customer. I wish I could be of more help.

  • Anastacia
    on May 2, 2016

    How did you attach the door to the post legs

  • Rel6762735
    on Jun 16, 2016

    How do I get one in NJ and I am not planning a Texas vacation? Thank you

  • May Goad
    on Aug 26, 2016

    what make the top of the headboard?

  • Cheryl Wicker
    on Oct 2, 2016

    How did you make the legs and does it hook the the bed frame .I want to make one so bad please tell me.thank you

  • Danielle M
    on Oct 8, 2016

    How did you connect the legs to the door?

  • Kathryn Curran
    on Nov 6, 2016

    Can you supply us with the dimensions for the door, and the Crown Molding. Also, what is the height of the door with the legs attached? Thanks! Katie

    • Vintage Headboards
      on Jan 30, 2017

      Typical leg height is 29" but I always have our Customers give us the dimensions to be on the safe side. These old doors vary in width which when turned on their sides affect the total height.

  • Slo1483847
    on Dec 22, 2016

    Where did you get the ,mantel ?

  • Lorlq
    on Jan 20, 2017

    you said you used deck screws to attach the legs, are they angled ? I can't see how else they would be done looks like door is sitting on top legs.

    • Shawna Bailey
      on Jan 22, 2017

      You are probably right

    • Vintage Headboards
      on Jan 30, 2017

      The legs extend up the backside of the doors

    • WH
      on May 7, 2017

      Looks like he cut a notch in the 4x4 before attaching it to the back of the door to make the over depth of the headboard less.
    • Sherry g
      on May 7, 2017

      We live in earthquake prone California. So maybe them frames & things on the mantle aren't such a good idea here!! Could fall on top of you for a ride Awakening!! Unless, they are attached to something!!
  • Teresa Williams
    on Apr 1, 2017

    Did you attach the headboard to the bed frame itself? Or is it just attached or leaning to the wall?
    • Vintage Headboards
      on Apr 3, 2017

      We actually attach the headboard to the bed frame. We also offer wall mount applications as well.

  • Sandi
    on Jul 11, 2017

    Do you have a website of all items you make?
  • Mac25093204
    on Jul 17, 2017

    Do you have directions on this?
    • Vintage Headboards
      on Jul 19, 2017

      Yes - we sell full sets of plans if you are intersted. PLease send me an email vintageheadboards@gmail.com
  • Me
    on Aug 13, 2017

    How you doin'? LOL
    Great selfie
    , It s not a good selfie but it s one of two I have on my phone
  • Syg29482207
    on Aug 28, 2017

    What type paint did you use (satin, semi-gloss, etc? I'm interested in a white, do you have a favorite white you use?
    • Vintage Headboards
      on Aug 28, 2017

      We always use a satin finish. The most popular white is Antique White. What size bed do you need it to fit? We may have a headboard in stock with that finish.

    • Syg29482207
      on Aug 28, 2017

      We are experimenting with our first door to headboard repurpose. It's a King. If our effort isn't successful, I will be shopping. Thank you!
    • Vintage Headboards
      on Oct 9, 2017

      How did your headboard project turn out?
    • Syg29482207
      on Oct 10, 2017

      Awesome! Tks.
  • Sue Tulk
    on Dec 16, 2017

    Love this headboard! How much does it cost and what is your shipping info.
    Thanks Sue
    • Vintage Headboards
      on Dec 16, 2017

      Good morning Sue - we sell headboards like this for $360. If you can send us an email to vintageheadboards at gmail dot com with your zip code I can get you a shipping quote within a minute.

    • Vintage Headboards
      on Dec 16, 2017

      We can be reached at 972-668-2603 if you'd prefer as well.

  • Linda Christensen
    on Dec 20, 2017

    I love the head board but I am interested in the color of the wall paint?
    • Vintage Headboards
      on Dec 20, 2017

      I don't know what the wall color is. The Interior Decorator that was working with our Customer selected that color.
  • Meg
    on Feb 11, 2018

    can you provide approx shipping costs to 32757?
    • Vintage Headboards
      on Feb 12, 2018

      Good morning Meg - if we ship it to a business address it would be $201.12 If we ship to a residential address it would be $251.04
  • Myava
    on Apr 5, 2018

    I actually have one of these but am unsure as to how to clean it first, any sanding at all, any light glazing, sealing....... could you help me please? Lol

    • Vintage Headboards
      on Apr 5, 2018

      Yes - carefully remove all loose pieces depending on the finish you're trying to attain. A water based polycrylic works great to seal the item without greatly changing the colors. We typically apply a minimum of three cotes. Polyurethane will make things have a yellowish tint

  • Marlene Martinez
    on Apr 19, 2018

    What size door did you use for this headboard?

    • Vintage Headboards
      on Apr 19, 2018

      Good morning Marlene - I believe the width of the door was 30". These old 5 panel doors will vary in height, (sometimes as much as 12") depending on where in the home they were used back in the late 1800s or early 1900s. Remember when you are adding the crown molding to the top you will need to have at least 3/4" to 1" of that edge of the door to allow enough to nail to. We normally make the leg height about an inch below the height of the top of your mattress. When we cut the doors we want them to look symmetrical so depending on the door you select will determine if you need to add wood to the left and right side of the door or add it to the outside of the legs so your bed frame can be attached to it. We are in Frisco and have doors in stock so if you'd like us to make one for you we can too.

  • Pek33703523
    on Jun 29, 2018

    What is the wall paint color? I love the headboard too.

  • Janet McCarraher
    on Jul 23, 2018

    How did you secure the posts to the door?

    • Vintage Headboards
      on Jul 23, 2018

      Good morning Janet - we secure the legs using heavy-duty screws. We offer a full set of plans on our website if you are interested.

  • Michelle
    on Aug 20, 2018

    What did you use to seal it with? I have the door but husband is concerned with lead paint and need to make sure it is sealed well

    • Vintage Headboards
      on Aug 20, 2018

      We have always used a water-based Polycrylic and polyurethane will yellow things. You should use a respirator when working with these old doors. You have to inhale, (according to what I've read online) quite a bit to get sick.

  • Teresa
    on Jan 29, 2019

    Is this headboard secured to the wall or just free standing, is the mattress enough to keep it from leaning forward. Thanks, I love it. Teresa

    • Vintage Headboards
      on Jan 30, 2019

      Good morning - the way I designed my headboards is to account for the thickness of the trim so they can rest flat against the wall. The mattress can help to hold it in place but will not hold it 100%.

      All of our headboards include hardware to quickly attach them to the wall to hold them in place in addition to them being attached to your bed frame.

  • Amy
    on Oct 22, 2019

    I just love this. Really my cup o tea :)

  • Maria Ramirez
    on Aug 20, 2020

    How did you attach the legs assuming they're 2x4 or 4x4?

    • Vintage Headboards
      on Aug 24, 2020

      Good morning. I used to use two 4x4 posts but I found it was much easier to use two 2x4s.

      I have a full set of step bu step instructions on my website. vintageheadboads dot net

    • Vintage Headboards
      on Aug 24, 2020

      Using 2-1/2" heavy duty deck screws.

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