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Solid Headboard Made from 3 Vintage Farmhouse Doors

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!

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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!

Photo of our "Ranch" when we found it on Zillow

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.

Before: when this room was used as a family room

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!

Window in Master Bedroom above the bed

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.

Vacuuming and cleaning old doors to remove dirt and cobwebs.

Getting all the yuck off!


Dirt and Grime on a vintage door that will be used as a headboard



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

Blinds closed and taped to hold them in place.


Foil insulation placed in window and taped to keep it secure

Foil insulation placed in window and taped to keep it secure

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.

Doors standing in place before being secured to the wall. Dog laying on the bed.

This will work, but they need to be even at the top. Jimmy approves!

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 laying on floor and all secured to one another

Doors are secured to each other with flat connector brackets


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!

Doors secured to the wall along the top edge

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!)

Dark Cherry nightstand before painting

night stand after painting and glazing

Sneek Peek!

Vintage Doors used as a headboard with bed placed against them

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!

Have a great day friends,



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Hi! I'm Cindy....wife, mom, Mimi (aka grandma) and home décor enthusiast. I love thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales and good junk!
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2 years ago

I love your blog! I’m enjoying watching the improvements you make to the ranch!

2 years ago

I love the Ranch! You have really transformed it! And the 3 door headboard was a great idea. 😊

Hi! I'm Cindy...

….wife, mom, Mimi (aka grandma) and home décor enthusiast.

I love thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales and good junk! But I really don’t like spending a lot of money, which you probably figured out by where I like to shop.

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