Inspired By Gretchen - Old Garage Door Headboard

December 8th, 2008 in member junk     
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The door is fairly big - thats a kingsize bed.
Heres a detail shot of where the hardware once was...
Just look at that perfect light. $5 at the swap meet - and it works!
The door is fairly big - thats a kingsize bed.

The door is fairly big - that's a kingsize bed.


I found an old garage door in Port Angeles, WA. It was painted the most hideous battleship gray color and covered with dust & dirt but the price was right and I thought it had good bones… After years of sitting in our barn in WA and then our garage in CA, I decided to take the time and refinish it.

Like many amazing refinishing projects, the results were just fabulous. We discovered it is made out of fir and pine and stripped and sanded one side down to the bare wood. As we unearthed the other side, we found it was stained in this deep beautiful red color with bits of yellow/umber paint (perhaps it came off an old Shell station??). We were careful not to strip this side too far as the color was just amazing. We finished it and propped it behind our couch in the living room, loving it for the last year or so.

THEN, I saw Gretchen’s headboard post and thought, “hmmmmm, that door might look pretty neat as a headboard..!” So, we moved the bed at an angle and positioned it in the middle of the windows. I even found a vintage headboard lamp at the swap meet yesterday that casts a great warm light at night.

Thank you for the inspiration Gretchen. LOVE IT!

Pattern or design used: Inspired by Gretchen
posted in: member junk, eclectic, furniture, industrial, bedroom, red

Comments (15)

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Cocalotta writes:
The headboard turned out great. I agree, some vintage
hardware would give the finishing touch. Posted: 7:53 pm on December 30th
shabbychick writes: Thanks Lani - I checked it out - very cool... I'll definitely share when we get some pieces and parts together!! Posted: 1:50 pm on December 10th
CottageElements writes: Kathy, I purchased something in Oronoco and it was a group of tins framed out. If you made something larger, it would be great for a head board. Be sure to share it with us when it's completed!

Lani Posted: 12:53 pm on December 10th
shabbychick writes: Jenny, I've got the ceiling tins mounted on a piece of wood right now...(about 2'x8' - it's 8 small panels) and it's hanging on our bedroom wall. It's not big enough to be the headboard (unfortunately) - but, you know I do have some other random pieces, maybe I could mount some more with it...and trim it out... Will keep you posted!! (We tore the old bed apart last night - so, now, it's "headboard-less" - let the building begin!)

Kathy Posted: 12:00 pm on December 10th
MimiToria writes: Jenny - you are so kind. This is really what is so cool about Junk Market Style is that we can be inspired by each other and than go to our own junk stash and make a fabulous project with the stuff we just weren't sure what to do with or hadn't thought of doing things a certain way.
Glad you were inspired though.
Gretchen Posted: 7:19 pm on December 9th
junkermidge writes: Wow. Very, very cool.
Midge Posted: 6:18 pm on December 9th
writes: Thanks for all the kudos gals but Gretchen gave me the nerve to try it so a shout out to her :-). And as Kimberly said, that's one of the best parts of being part of JMS. I just love the sharing!

Kathy, maybe your ceiling tiles are enough - just some fabulous trim around the edges..?

And yes, the battleship gray was quite gray - I added some more shots so you could see... Posted: 1:12 pm on December 9th
shabbychick writes: LOVE THE DOOR/HEADBOARD! What a great find - and perfect use for it! I'm looking for something to make into a headboard for my queen-size bed. I've got a big piece of old ceiling tin to mount onto it...just haven't found the right "something" yet for my headboard! (but, not giving up!!) :)

Thanks for sharing!

Kathy Posted: 9:59 am on December 9th
debilou writes: I love that headboard,, I've seen headboards made out of old doors but not one near that big,, I want to make one for my double bed but just haven't found the right door yet.. Thanks for sharing your idea Posted: 9:12 am on December 9th
bridiemurphy writes: Tres Bien!! And to think, an old battleship gray door...gorgeous NEW headboard. Posted: 7:32 am on December 9th
suewhitney writes: Awesome door, even better headboard.Fabulous!

Sue Posted: 3:56 am on December 9th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: This is truly an amazing door and what a fantastic use of it!!

Great job and thanks for sharing! Wow!

Candy Posted: 5:04 pm on December 8th
MimiToria writes: Oh Jenny how great is this as a headboard!!!! Thanks for the
heads up (LOL) at facebook. It brought me right over to see your latest project. I love how this looks as your new headboard and the new light is so perfect too. $5.00 for that light was a steal!
Glad to of been an inspiration to you! It's so fun when you have something that can have multi purposes. I don't plan to change my fireplace headboard with my redo, but my bedroom needs painting (nasty 15 yr. stencil needs to be wiped off the face of this earth), new flooring installed and change the room around. Want to also change up the way I have things above the headboard, so it will feel fresh and new.
Thanks for sharing. It is honestly a nice feeling to know that I inspired such a talented girl as you. : )
Gretchen Posted: 4:26 pm on December 8th
CottageElements writes: What an awesome door, Jenny! Can't believe you just had it put away. Great for a headboard. I'd try to find some vintage hardward to put on it. It would be the icing on the cake!

Lani Posted: 4:24 pm on December 8th
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