I love, love, love my magazines and get lots of creative ideas from them. Here's one that stood out as one that I couldn't wait to try, it was easy, it was fun and can be used again and again for stagers. Use a closet door as a headboard.
When the seller's budget is tight, and we've all been there before, and there isn't enough to rent a real bed with a headboard or paint a room, this is a great alternative for adding drama and color.
Here's what you need:
- One or two old hollow closet doors, make sure you use the side that doesn't have a hole for the handle, use the smooth side. It should be hollow because we need it to be easy to carry and hollow doors are very lightweight.
- Paint the door with your color of choice, preferably one that coordinates well with the colors to be used in the bedroom. A quart of paint from your local hardware store is all you need for 2 to 3 doors. Use a high-gloss to protect the paint since you will be moving it around a lot. Or use a flat paint and then a sealer.
- Get creative and paint stripes or coordinating color blocks, my first attempt was a basic one color and it turned out pretty nice. I think my next project will include a more dramatic color scheme which will surely add drama and sophistication to a room.
See for yourself, for this project I used two different sized closet doors for a little interest. I hung these on the wall for greater height, but you could also just rest them on the ground and lean them up against the wall or just use one door and hang it horizontally for a more traditional looking headboard. I spent about $40 total for paint and the 2 doors. This was for a guest bedroom and the colors gave the room a very romantic feel. (Can you tell I used an air mattress? Be honest.)
Where did I get the closet doors? I go to my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore (check out this link for stores in the Sacramento and El Dorado County areas) to get great 2nd hand building materials and miscellaneous goodies for my projects. It's a win-win because I'm helping my local community and recycling materials. If you haven't tried a 2nd hand building material store yet, check your local listings to see if you have a Restore near you, you won't regret it. The prices are great too!
"Habitat for Humanity ReStores are building supply stores that accept and resells quality new and used building materials. They generate funds to support Habitat's building programs, while reducing the amount of used materials that are headed for overflowing landfills! They are an environmentally friendly store that makes sense!"
I'd love to hear from anyone else who's tried this or has other creative headboard ideas to try. Please share your pictures with us too.
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