Aug 302012
 
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 I was pleased to get it because, although it was outdated, it is very sturdy built.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

Jul 172012
 

Here are a few more ideas for those ugly hollow core doors.


We’ve all seen those headboards made from fantastic vintage doors but even ugly hollow core doors can be dressed up and made into a great headboard.  This one is made from 4 hollow core bi-fold closet doors that  have been trimmed  out with lattice molding, topped  off with brick molding and  dressed up with a wall decal, after painting it white.   It’s also been back lit with rope lighting for that romantic glow.


Headboard made from hollow core doors

Hollow Core Door Headboard



This seating area is actually a Murphy Bed.  It is made from 2 36″ hollow core doors attached with a piano hinge to the bench, which is secured to the wall.  When the pad is removed from the bench, it serves as the support for the head of the bed, and the upper shelf becomes the support for the foot of the bed.  When the bed is closed, it is secured upright to the wall with straps and hooks.  This is a very simple and inexpensive design, and makes a handy extra bed when space is limited.

Murphy Bed made from hollow core doors

Murphy Bed - closed

Murphy Bed from hollow core doors

Murphy Bed - open



Cutting Counter made from hollow core doors

Cutting Counter

I built this cutting counter for a lady who is an avid quilter and needs a lot of storage for her fabric and tools.  The base, including the center shelf, is entirely constructed from hollow core doors.  For the top, I cut a 4×8 piece of melamine into 3 sections and used piano hinges to connect them.  The drop leaf supports are made from 2×2′s and hinged to swing in and out.


Hollow core doors also make inexpensive and light weight shelving for closets and bookshelves.

These are all the hollow core door ideas I have used so far, but stay tuned because there are many more to come.