DIY Padded Burlap Headboard {from an old door!}

It's been quite a while since I've shared a good ol' DIY repurposing project with you. I'm sorry. 

One of the most underestimated part of 'homesteading', whether it be in the city or on a big chunk of land is repurposing materials to reduce waste. It's frugal. It's sustainable. It's fun. 

And that's exactly what John did with one of the old doors we used as a headboard for our queen-sized bed. We bought a new, king size bed so the old headboard had to go and a new headboard was in the works.

We thought about just buying a new headboard, and actually went to Slumberland and found this beautiful set:

BUT IT WAS ALMOST $750! No thanks. We decided to make our own.

John just needed one of the doors, so I promptly sold the other on Craigslist to offset the cost of materials for this repurposed headboard.

First step in repurposing this door? Stripping! I stripped and sanded just the outside perimeter of the door, since the inside would be covered with padded, burlap-covered particle board. More on that later.

I bought about 6 yards of 'plain jane' burlap from the fabric store (using the money I earned from selling the other door), and John made a frame to add more depth to the headboard.

I don't know exactly how he did it, but you're smart folks. You can figure it out, right? He did leave the bottom open, so he could built a base in which to attach the headboard to the bed frame.

Then, I grabbed some of my favorite Minwax stain (white wash pickling) from the basement and slapped on a few coats to the whole thing.

While that stain was drying, I cut 3 yards of 2-inch batting (also from that fabric store, but for 50% off!) to fit the size of the particle board. The particle board will be an insert to cover the four panels of the door. 

But, you know that by now, don't you?

With our staple gun, we wrapped the padding and particle board with the stinky burlap. You'll want to air that burlap out before working with it. It's suuuuuuuper stinky.

Burlap is pretty thin, which is why we had to double-up and get 6 yards.

With the nail gun, John simply laid the padded insert over top of the middle of the door and pulled the trigger.


Next, he did some complicated Algebraic equations to calculate how and in what dimensions to build a base for said headboard.

None of this I understand, since my brain doesn't do numbers. But trust me, the base is important since this will be the component that ensures a heavy headboard doesn't fall on your face while you slumber.


Using the bolts and washers provided to us with our bed frame, John attached the new headboard to our frame.

And I love it.

I love it very, very much.


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