Before and After Repurposed Headboard

Before and After Repurposed Headboard

This headboard was given to me by a family friend who was very reluctant to part with it because he had it from his teens to his adult years, and felt it held many great memories. His wife convinced him, though, that it was time to part with it. I was pleased to get it because, although it was outdated, it is very sturdy built. I did think it had seen enough action as a headboard and was due to be repurposed as a storage cabinet.

Headboard - Before

Headboard – Before

I started by cutting off the legs so it could be stood up on its end. A light sanding was necessary to remove the old varathane and the dried up wads of gum (missed a few Debra). I used the cut off legs to make a box to add to the bottom so I would have something to attach the base molding to.

Box built for bottom needed to attach base moulding

Box built for bottom needed to attach base moulding

Base Moulding attached to bottom

Base Moulding attached to bottom


For the top I used some reclaimed 1 x 6 scraps and trimmed off the edges with decorative molding.

Reclaimed barn wood top trimmed with decorative molding

Reclaimed barn wood top trimmed with decorative molding

Time to work on the door and finally give this old headboard some notches. I ripped 3, 1 x 6’s down to 4 1/2″ wide then cut them to length.

Reclaimed wood used for door of cabinet

Reclaimed wood used for door of cabinet

After deciding where to put the notches I marked them by tracing arould a 2 1/4 ” square scrap of wood and cut them out with a jig saw.

Outline for Notches on Reclaimed Wood Door

Outline for Notches on Reclaimed Wood Door

To make the door I used 1 x 2’s, screws and glue to hold the 3 pieces together.

Assembling Notched Boards for the Door

Assembling Notched Boards for the Door

After it was primed and painted I taped out the lines for the door and painted them black along with the inside of the notches.

Stripes taped and painted on door

Stripes taped and painted on door

The back was lined with harlequin wallpaper.

Decorative harlequin wallpaper

Decorative harlequin wallpaper

The door was attached to the cabinet with basic hinges and decorative hardware. After another light sanding I used a dark and clear wax on it.

Reclaimed Hardware

Reclaimed Hardware

I hope Ben is happy with the way this headboard has been repurposed. This cabinet would be a great addition to any room that is need of extra storage…a pantry for the kitchen, a linen closet, or maybe even putting it back in the bedroom for extra clothes storage.

Finished Storage Cabinet

Finished Storage Cabinet