Solid Headboard Made From 3 Vintage Farmhouse Doors

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Oh Hi! Thanks for being here!

Today I’m so excited to show you how we made a solid headboard from 3 vintage farmhouse doors!

If you follow me over on Instagram @somethingpaintedwhite you most likely know that this past September we bought a little summer home in the mountains here in AZ. The Phoenix area gets brutally hot in the summers, often reaching 120 degrees, and having an escape from it is ideal. We call our place “The Ranch” even though it’s not a ranch…it’s a tiny little park model RV with a room addition, but we love it!

When we found ‘The Ranch’ on Zillow

It needs some serious updating so we’ve been ripping out cabinets, painting walls, and making lots of plans!

The previous owners used the room addition as a second family room, but we decided to turn it into our master bedroom because the actual bedroom is super tiny and wasn’t going to work for us.

I sat down and started making plans the first time we saw the ranch! With a much larger bedroom we could now get a king-size bed which is quite necessary for two adults and two dogs… yes, we sleep in the dogs’ bed…don’t judge!

It only took about 2 seconds after putting the new king-size bed in place for me to start making plans for a headboard. I’ve always loved headboards made from farmhouse doors and I thought that would be the perfect thing for our little ranch. The biggest issue…a window right above the bed…but I’ve covered up windows before and had no problem doing that here! Dee is super handy and always willing to help bring my ideas to life! Our fabulous open shelving and ladder pot rack are two such examples of my hubby’s handiwork!

Looks out to the back patio

First, we needed farmhouse doors so off we went to my favorite junker/picker, Lamell, because I knew he had a semi-truck full of old doors. We started looking through them one by one, while our hands were freezing from the cold wintry day.  We found 3 very similar doors, in size and color. Lamell, the junker/picker even delivers and brought them to the ranch for us that evening! Yay!!! I went right to work cleaning them because they were filthy! First I had to vacuum all the dust and spider webs off of them and I followed that up with some good old-fashioned soap and water.

Getting all the yuck off!


Remember the window above the bed? There are several other windows in the room, and that window, in particular, faces the highway and was a bit noisy at night. So, we closed the blinds and put a piece of foil insulation in it to (keep the cold and heat out)

Blinds closed and taped to hold them in place

Foil insulation placed in window and taped

Dee had a plan for securing the doors together and then securing them to the wall, but first, we stood them against the wall to make sure it was all going to work.

This will work, but they need to be even

We moved the bed, AGAIN, (it’s so heavy) and laid the doors face down so Dee could level them at the top and secure them to each other with flat connector brackets!

Doors are secured with flat connector braces

Now that the farmhouse doors are leveled at the top and secured to each other, we stood them up flat against the wall and Dee secured them at the top using corner brackets. The last thing I need to worry about is my headboard falling on me while I sleep!

Secured to the wall

With the doors centered and secured to the wall, we have just enough space on each side for a small nightstand. Fortunately, these small round tables came with the place when we bought it. I have repainted them and will do another post about that process because it’s easy and fabulous! Here’s a little sneak peek for you! (you’re welcome!)

Centered, secured, and waiting for DECOR!!!!

I apologize for the quality of the photos in this post! I was so excited to get my farmhouse door headboard finished that we worked on it mostly when it was dark outside so it made photos a bit difficult.  Oh, and in case you’re wondering… from the outside…it just looks like the blinds are closed! But inside…it’s a fabulous farmhouse door headboard! Yay!!! We haven’t been able to spend more than a few days at a time at the ranch so decorating the headboard will have to wait until the next trip and I promise to update you when that happens. I have lots of ideas for decorating this fabulous farmhouse door headboard, so stay tuned for that!

I hope to see you on the Gram @somethingpaintedwhite, or on my blog at

Have a great day friends,


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  • Rowmantic Rowmantic on Dec 13, 2021

    Interested to see what the window looks like from the outside. Not a fan of exposed angle brackets, really detracts from the look, IMHO. You could always turn the brackets upside down so they're not exposed, or easier yet, a couple of screws plugged/painted into the header above the window would have done trick...

    Did you cut an opening that still allows access to the electrical outlet, or did you move it forward on to the face of the door?

  • Susan Caswell Susan Caswell on Dec 13, 2021

    I like the idea and it will look really cool when you are done! All of the suggestions on here are valid and I hope you won't take this as criticism. Is there another window in the room? Do you want to cover an exit?

  • Nancy Pieruccini Nancy Pieruccini on Mar 03, 2023

    Great idea 💡

    I was wondering if one could do sliding barn doors too??

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  • Doreen Kennedy Doreen Kennedy on Mar 04, 2023

    Neat idea. Sometimes there are too many windows and doorways in a small room. It make it tough to find a way to arrange furniture. I have a decent size house, but the rooms are small and there are too many windows and doorways. Your idea is a good solution. Enjoy your headboard.

  • Tam Tam on Mar 06, 2023

    Very creative! PS...Hope you still have 2 fire exits in that room.