My future headboard project

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I have an amazing old door (honey colored stain/a little banged up) that I want to use as my headboard. I am redoing my whole room, just ordered bedding from LLBean (cream flannel with fine brown stripes). My walls are going to be painted cream. I need advice on what to do with this headboard door: stain? chippy paint? paint? what color? I want it to look awesome, but I am stuck. Can I get some help here?
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My beautiful door.
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This is the bedding.
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This picture is supposed to be the shams, but it doesn't appear to be showing. Brown and white flannel plaid.
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  • Lela Lela on Nov 29, 2013
    If this were my project I would do a weathered / beach wood in blue-gray color . The contrast would benefit both the browns/creams and the door. It would be a subtle pop of color - very soothing ..... good luck ! post an after picture ☼

  • Bernice H Bernice H on Nov 29, 2013
    This is a beautiful door, and will make a beautiful headboard! I made a headboard out of a hollow core door and some molding. It looks really good and was cheap. This is sooo pretty it will look even more beautiful. Do share with us how you put it behind the bed. we just added some support to the back then he screwed it into the wall. Might be a better way. Anxious to see the finished project! you go girl! @SheilaG, Plum Doodles did you see this one too? haha

  • Patricia Cleveland Patricia Cleveland on Nov 29, 2013
    I would take the door and stain it to match (tone/strength) the stripes in the bedding. You won't get an exact fit, but real wood (which your door appears to be) has so much innate beauty that I hate to paint it.

  • Dorothy Collett Dorothy Collett on Nov 29, 2013
    walnut stain would look great, could add blue pinstripe at molding areas

  • Martha Barrow Martha Barrow on Nov 29, 2013
    I would lightly sand and varnish and attach to wall. or paint something in center panels

  • Cheryl Cheryl on Nov 29, 2013
    Sand it and stain it a darker color possibly walnut but may mahogany or something with a hit of redness to pop it out a little but not distract.. I wouldn't paint but if you do like the idea of greys...

  • Cowan Cottage Cowan Cottage on Nov 29, 2013
    I believe I would strip it to bare wood and white wash it (show the grain), Or maybe paint it with annie sloan's old ochre or coco and then dry brush it with a benjamin moore cream or annie sloan's cream (heavy on the dry brushing) before I sealed it with clear wax. I really like the look of the old door headboard. Post pics when your done :)

  • Debbie Harris Debbie Harris on Nov 29, 2013
    Because your walls are going to be a cream color, I agree with Cowan Cottage and would use Annie Sloan's Coco otherwise your headboard will not stand out from your walls. also I would remove and carefully fill where the knob is. You might try some meaningful wording as well.

  • Jeanine Jeanine on Dec 01, 2013
    don't know about the door but remount the door knob on a piece of wood (maybe to match the door) and use it to hang some necklaces, bracelets or place high enough to hang your robe, scarf, purse...

  • 117135 117135 on Dec 01, 2013
    I would go darker on the door since the walls will be cream. You need contrast against the walls and bedding for the headboard to pop.

  • Janet J Janet J on Dec 01, 2013
    I'd paint the walls a little darker and paint the headboard white or the cream color that's in the bedding. It would be really crisp looking. I did one of these (in white) for my son and his wife and it's beautiful. I added trim and moulding on the top and 3x3's for the legs.

  • Kate Allen Kate Allen on Dec 01, 2013
    Honestly, I would leave the knob on unless it gets it your way of sitting. Take a look at Amy Howard's paints and finishes. Perhaps a creamy old white color. Do a bit of distressing with sandpaper and wax. Distressing is really easy. Just run your sandpaper (after paint dries and before buffing wax) on the edges of door and panels. The blue suggested would also be nice but it depends on the rest of the room. What a great idea! Kate

  • Kate Allen Kate Allen on Dec 01, 2013
    Don't forget to google "painted headboards"...there are lots of ideas.

  • Marianne Marianne on Dec 01, 2013
    I would sand, paint a cream then paint a cocoa then distress and lightly sand til the cream comes thru on the edges of the door and panels. Then use a medium tone wax to finish it off.

  • Kim Dagenais Kim Dagenais on Dec 01, 2013
    I have seen so many old doors used as headboards and they look so beautiful when finished. There is one I saw before that I really like that would go perfect with your bedding and paint colour. The knob hole part is positioned downwards so the mattress covers the hole, and the top part has a crown moulding. I think Anne Sloan OLD WHITE chalk paint was used, then apply clear wax to the whole thing and wipe off excess, let dry. Then lastly dark wax and wipe of excess. The dark wax will bring all the details, and will stand out against the cream paint colour. It all depends on the rest of the furniture in your bedroom though. All your pieces should match up. If your other furniture is dark brown for example, then I would pick a dark brown chalk paint instead. Can't wait to see what you do with your door/headboard. I am sure it will look wonderful.

  • Jill Jill on Dec 03, 2013
    Do not leave the door knob. Accidentally hitting could be dangerous. Remove it and patch the hole, but that will leave issue with stain if that is the way you choose to go. A hole that big will be noticeable. You might want to paint the walls a bit darker than just cream. Try going along the same tones and darken it a bit. It won't wash out the room so much, and won't make it so noticeable if they get dinged. As far as the color of the headboard if you decide to paint...Have you thought about painting it an accent color that you can also use for additional pillows or rugs? Maybe a not so bright red or a deep green? Whatever you finally decide, please post finished pictures as we all would love to see them!

  • Djs1340298 Djs1340298 on Feb 23, 2015
    I love the head board you have right now. If you use the door it will block the window. How about refinishing it? Sand it then give it a light pastel blue wash. Firmly fix door to the ceiling above the pillows. Hang some very delicate lace panels to fall at either side of the bed and around the perimeter of the door.. it will be a mini canopy. Tie panels back at the top rod of your headboard so your bed side tables are still accessible. during the winter, add some little twinkle lights and a very full green wreath for a cozy bed time retreat.

  • Rebecca Bexx Sangine Rebecca Bexx Sangine on Jan 29, 2017
    LOVE IT!
    That's what I'm going to do for my king size bed, but I also like to use old doors and turn them into tables, and or desks!