beds and more beds….

I want to make a bed.  I want to make a bed out of an old door.  I have wanted to do this for years…..years before Pinterest was around to show us how others were making things with doors.  I have even started making a bed, using a tutorial from Ana White. And for the past two years, it has been sitting in my garage, untouched and unfinished.  Emmie even started to draw on it, assuming it was scrap wood!

I know I have the ability to make a bed.  And I have the tools to make one.  But I just haven’t done it and I have no idea why. Maybe because there are kids to get to school, laundry to fold, a garage to clean out to make room for a large project like building a bed….

I found a door a few years ago for only $30.  It’s a solid wood, five panel door that would make a perfect headboard for our spare room.  The finish on the door is even perfect!

Here are my plans for the headboard…

Can’t you picture it as a headboard? It’s perfect!!  And there the door sits, in our garage. Collecting cobwebs.

When we did our addition last year, the wrong doors were ordered, so we got to keep the extra doors.

I tried to sell them at a garage sale for $20.  No takers.  I tried to donate them to Habitat for Humanity, but they wouldn’t take them since there was no door frame or hinges.  I was trying to be proactive with having a tidy garage, but couldn’t seem to get rid of them. So why not make a bed out of them!? It’s a great idea, in theory!  I have plans written out to cut one in half – using half for the headboard and the other half for the footboard.

Yet there the doors sit, untouched.

And my latest bed saga….I saw this bed on the side of the road the other day. For free.

I had some inner monologue as I drove down the street. “You do not need another bed project in the garage…You don’t even know if it’s a double or queen sized bed…Dan will think I’ve fallen off my rocker…But maybe it would be cute…And it IS free! Mmmmm….”  So I turned the car around to check it out (my kids were certain my detour would make them late to soccer! I assured them I would be quick).

I stood there on the side of the road and contemplated the potential project.   “If I don’t take it, someone else will…I can’t let something free slip through my fingers…It could be a cute bed for the spare room…Or maybe I could make a bench out of it?  But I don’t love the posts…Could I cut them off?”  Oh decisions, decisions.  I finally opened up the back of my SUV, lugged the bed over….and it would’t fit.  Those darn posts were the reason it would’t fit in my SUV.   I must confess I was a touch relieved that the decision was made for me. It wouldn’t fit so I couldn’t take it home.   Did I really need another unfinished bed project in my garage? Dan’s answer would be a quick “Absolutely not!”

So I still have my unfinished twin bed frame and my three doors….all waiting to become beds and headboards.  I just promised my kids that I will make them beds this summer too…I guess that means I’d better get to work!


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  1. So cute! I have plans to do a similar project for our guest room:) Are you sure we aren’t related? You and I have such common interest , I love it!

  2. LOVE IT!!!! I love old doors, especially as headboards 🙂
    p.s. I can’t believe you found that bed frame for free on the side of the road. I would have break’d so hard for that, we would have all ended up with whiplash!!!
    Lots of Love

  3. Ha! My father-in-law has a basement full of headboards and parts for headboards too. I love that brown-stained door – I wouldn’t even remove the hardware.

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Stop by my blog to get more details.



  4. You Go Girl….. What can I say…You are very creative! I love the idea to turn the doors into a head & foot board for a bed. I’m happy that you picked up that FREE bed set. No we can’t let FREE go UN-noticed. Best of luck on your projects.

  5. I’ve got and old door in the garage and a bed without a headboard. Now I’ve got an idea on what to do with both of them. I never would have thought of putting the crown molding on the top. Thanks for the leg up!

  6. I, too, have bed parts in the garage waiting for me! I love the benches that I’ve seen on Pinterest made from old headboards and foot boards. Don’t feel bad I would have stopped if I saw FREE on the sign. 🙂 I look forward to seeing your designs come to fruition. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Matt & I actually made a queen sized headboard out of an old schoolhouse door and two fence posts about 10 years ago. It’s hanging in our bedroom still today. If the two of us can do it – anyone can. Hope you are having a great time in LV. Amber

  8. I love the idea of using doors to make beds! I had planned on making my daughters bed (when she gets out of her crib) out of a door. Now since we moved, I don’t have anywhere to put the pallet lemonade stand. So I asked my 5 year old daughter if she wanted me to make it into a bed for her. Surprisingly she said no, that she wanted to use a headboard that I painted a few months age. I couldn’t be mad, since I had just did it. So, it will turn into my baby’s bed 🙂

    I’ll use the lemonade part as the headboard, and the large part for the footboard. Don’t you think that will be cute??


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