Easy Headboard for Less

You'd never guess this easy headboard starts with a basic hollow core door, and it can be turned into a stylish addition to your bedroom in no time. And did we mention it's affordable?

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Turn a door into a stylish headboard with this easy weekend project. Inexpensive doors can be found at almost any thrift shop, and it doesn't take much work to dress them up. Use extra fabric from curtains or upholstery to make this bedroom DIY one to display proudly! Follow along with our step-by-step instructions to learn how. 

What You Need

  • Hollow-core door
  • Metal T-square or ruler
  • Pencil
  • Painter's tape
  • Decorative paper
  • Primer and brush
  • Mod Podge
  • Iron-on oak veneer
  • Crafts knife
  • Iron
  • Clear polyacrylic spray finish
  • Flush-mount hanging hardware

Step 1: Measure Door

Measure 8 inches from the edge of the door, and draw a line across the width of the door. Line the paper up with the first line, and mark another line the width of the paper. 

Apply painter's tape along pencil lines. 

Step 2: Prime

Apply primer between tape lines. Let dry and remove tape. 

Step 3: Apply Paper

Lay out paper over the painted section. Cut paper to fit. If you need to use more than one sheet of paper, make sure that the pattern lines up. 

Mix equal parts Mod Podge and water. Brush Mod Podge mixture on top portion and edge of primed area. Lay paper on wet area and smooth. Repeat until the whole sheet of paper is smoothed onto the surface. 

Brush a coat of Mod Podge on top of the paper. Let dry. 

Step 4: Apply Veneer

Measure and cut veneer pieces to fit all four sides of door. Use a crafts knife to cut the width of the veneer to fit the sides of the door.

Lay out veneer on edge of door. Hold down with one hand while you use the iron to apply veneer, following package directions. Smooth out any bubbles along the way. Repeat on all sides of door and trim edges. 

Step 5: Finishing Spray

Spray door, including paper, with polyacrylic finish. 

Install hanging hardware 5 inches from the top corners. Hang to wall using screws and hanging hardware. 

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