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Transform an old Door into a Decorative Headboard

Transform an inexpensive door into a boldly artful bedroom accent.

Painted headboard from door

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Drill and bit set
  • Screwdriver
  • Level
  • Tape measure


  • 1.88-in-wide FrogTape for delicate surfaces, #488003
  • 24-in x 60-in (shown) hollow-core door (undrilled slab only), sizes available by special order
  • 2 - 6-in Hangman wall hangers, #56156
  • Valspar Signature paint: Stone Mason Gray, #4008-1C; Ultra White, #7006-24

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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When ordering custom doors to use as headboards, you can match the door height to the width of your mattress. Common mattress widths are: Twin, 39 inches; double, 54 inches; queen (shown), 60 inches; king, 76 inches; California king, 72 inches. Add overhangs to these widths to suit your preferences.

Step 1

Paint the door a base color (Ultra White shown) and let dry.

Step 2

Apply strips of tape from top to bottom or edge to edge in the pattern of your choice. You can remove and replace tape as needed. Press the edges of the tape firmly against the door.

Step 3

Paint the door a contrasting color (Stone Mason Gray shown) and let dry. Then remove the tape to reveal the base color.

Step 4

Fasten two wall hangers to the back of the headboard at opposite ends near the top.

Good to Know

On a hollow-core door, there are solid-wood strips along both long edges that will hold screw threads better than the hollow center.

Step 5

Center and level the headboard above the bed, and mark the wall hanger locations. Add wall anchors to locations not over a wall stud. Then screw the remaining pieces of the hanger to the wall and hang the headboard.