Each issue Lucy Farmer shares a smart and stylish way to repurpose a common item found at a flea market or garage sale. Here’s the story behind the screen door headboard she created for the Sept/Oct issue. Find Lucy’s other inspired creations at www.lucyinspired.com.
I have this friend, Ashlee. She has amazing style. I met her just two years ago and I can almost bet we have gone no more than five days at a time without seeing each other since. That’s crazy, right? A mutual friend introduced us saying we had to meet because we were kindred spirits. I guess you can say she was on target! Maybe she should be a matchmaker! (wink)
The first time we met Ashlee invited me to her home for lunch. She had the perfect bowls with the perfect plates and the perfect glassware. I was listening to the conversation, I swear, but I was also staring at every single tiny detail of her house. There were so many! When we went on the home tour, I was amazed when she told me her headboard was two screen doors she had upholstered! Would you have EVER guessed? I loved this girl and her house at first sight.
She called me over last August to help “recover” the doors. That’s the beauty of this headboard. You can change the fabric as often as you want! Ashlee originally used vintage orange fabric she bought on eBay. After using it for a couple of years, she decided it was time for a change.
We got started by laying the screen doors (they are attached to one another) on top of the bed. We used shims to hold each section in place. See the thin pieces of wood pictures below? You can get a package of them at your local hardware store. You don’t want to use something too thick or your door will stand off the wall.
Step 1: Cut pieces of plywood to fit inside each opening, leaving space for the fabric to wrap all the way around. You will be upholstering the plywood.
Step 2: Decide on how much cushion you want in each section. I would advise keeping it the same amount all over for continuity. We used stuffing and added sheet batting from the craft store, and overstuffed since it would be smashed down.
Step 3: Cut a piece of batting two inches bigger than your plywood, and staple around the back. Then take your stuffing and stuff it between the batting and the plywood until you have your desired puffiness.
Step 4: Cut the fabric two inches bigger than your stuffed piece of plywood all the way around. Do this by laying the plywood on top of the fabric with the topside of the fabric on the ground and your stuffing/batting in between.
Step 5: Pull the fabric around the backside of the plywood and staple it all the way around. Make sure you don’t pull too tight, or you won’t have enough to staple on the other side! You can pinch your corners and fold them over each other to make a smooth corner. You don’t want too much fabric bunching up, or your section won’t fit back into the door. Repeat this process for each section of your doors.
Step 6: Fit each upholstered piece of plywood into the respective section of the doors. It’s best to do this on the bed or floor in front of where the headboard will be in your room.
Step 7: Drill each upholstered piece to the doorframe using the shims to attach the sections to the doors. We also used flat pieces of hardware with screw holes to make it extra sturdy.
Once you have every piece in place, you are ready to put the headboard up. In this room, the ceilings are 8 feet and these doors are placed all the way to the trim to add height to the room. You can add hardware and hang the doors at your desired height. Ashlee set her headboard on bricks so that its height was adjustable.
Now it’s your turn. Be on the lookout for any kind of doors with different sized panels. Panels can always be cut out, and you can add the fabric to add dimension as a headboard—or why not as the door for your room?
You can see Ashlee’s other creative ideas on her blog, http://www.ohmystarsandgardens.com.