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Bob Vila Thumbs Up: The DIY Headboards Competition Starts Today

Vote now—and vote daily—to choose your favorite among the DIY headboards competing to win this month's Bob Vila Thumbs Up competition!

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The headboard is no mere decorative accent; as the focal point of the bedroom, it sets the mood and style tone for the most personal space in your entire home. If you’ve ever shopped around for a headboard, then you know that in a retail store, it can cost you a pretty penny to pick up a quality headboard. Being that it’s a relatively straightforward construction anyway, it makes a lot of sense to go the DIY route.

Countless people have done so in the past, using almost every material you can think of, following a wide range of designs. But not every headboard turns heads like the inventive, eye-catching, and all around remarkable projects we’ve chosen for this month’s Bob Vila Thumbs Up. Some are simple, while others are more complex, but all worth your attention—and your vote!

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We put our stamp of approval on each of these inventive headboards, but only one can win the prize—a $250 gift card to The Home Depot. We need you to make the call, so vote as often as once per day for your favorite project! And thank you for helping us recognize the work of creative and dedicated DIYers just like you.

Congrats to last month’s winning blogger, DIY Pete. Read more about winning Bob Vila Thumbs Up project right here.

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How To: Clean a Washing Machine

Every now and then, the appliance responsible for cleaning your lucky socks and favorite sweater needs a little TLC. Neutralize odors and maximize efficiency with these easy maintenance musts.

How to Clean a Washing Machine

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When you throw a load of laundry into the washing machine, your clothes emerge stain- and sweat-free, and that’s a wonderful thing. But how often do you actually wash the washer? It may seem counterintuitive, as the appliance deals entirely in detergent and suds, but if left untouched, it could eventually leave your favorite outfit smelling worse than it did in the hamper. Fortunately, using only a few household staples, you can clean a washing machine in a few easy steps.

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1. Remove Dirt and Debris
Like it or not, loose dirt inevitably collects in the washing machine. And if you own a pet, you can be sure that some of its fur—some way, somehow—will find its way into the appliance. So even though your clothes come out clean, contaminants are left behind on the inside of the washer. From week to week, remember to wipe it out so that lingering crud doesn’t land in your next load of laundry. I recommend using a vacuum cleaner. Outfit it with a brush attachment, double-check that the washing machine’s drum has dried completely, then run the vacuum head over all parts of the cylinder. You may be surprise by how much you pick up!

2. Neutralize the Stink
Newer washing machines have a special self-cleaning cycle that helps eliminate odors. But if yours is an older model, you can fight smells by running the empty machine on a hot-water cycle, with liquid chlorine bleach added to the detergent drawer. Afterward, open the door to the drum, so the interior can fully dry out. Repeat this exercise at least once a month to keep your machine smelling its freshest.

If despite your best efforts, a musty odor lingers in the washing machine, mold or mildew may be responsible. Particularly vulnerable are those components of the machine where water collects—the detergent tray, for example, or the rubber seal around the door. The trick here is to spray the problem areas with a solution of vinegar and water. This, too, should be done once a month for best results.

3. Improve the Washer’s Efficiency
On the back of most washers, inlet screens work to filter out particles suspended in the hot and cold water entering the machine. Here, dirt and limescale accumulate over time—occasionally, that buildup can disturb washer operation. If you’ve noticed poor performance, the first thing to check is the inlet screen. After unplugging the washer and turning off its water supply, unhook the hot and cold water lines and remove the filters with careful twist. Soak each in vinegar to remove the limescale. Quickly rinse and reconnect them, then plug the machine back in. You should see immediate improvement.


5 Simple Steps to a Perfect Pantry

Bring neatness to your pantry—a notoriously hard-to-organize space—with these tips and tricks, based both on common sense and experience.

How to Organize a Pantry

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In many households, meals start in the pantry. Whether it’s an oversize cabinet, a converted armoire, or a separate small room, we rely on the pantry to store as many canned goods, paper products, pet supplies, packaged foods, and cleaning solutions as the laws of physics allow. No matter how compact or generously sized, pantries hold more and function better if well kept. But neatness can be difficult to maintain in these notoriously jumbled, chronically overstocked storage areas. Read on for five simple yet effective pantry organization tips, all geared to help you get in and out with a minimum level of frustration along the way.

 

1. MAXIMIZE AVAILABLE SPACE

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Put every square inch to good use. That means packing as many shelves, drawers, or cabinets into the pantry as possible. In an awkward corner or cavity where nothing else would fit, capitalize on exposed sections of the wall, using them to support hooks, pegboards, or magnetized panels. Also, if there’s a door into the pantry, don’t overlook the straightforward, no-frills benefits of a hanging pocket organizer, perfect for loose items like bags of rice or pouches of beans.

 

2. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

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Successful pantry organization depends in part on the changeability of the space, whether or not it can be modified over time as storage needs shift. Whenever there’s a choice, opt for configurable shelves over fixed-in-place ones. Built-ins are nice, but stand-alone metal units are a fraction of the cost, at least as functional, and most important of all, they’re almost endlessly versatile. Adjustable wood cabinetry exists, but it tends to be one of the costliest options.

 

3. CONSIDER USING CONTAINERS

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It may seem unnecessary—and for some people, it probably is unnecessary—but if you struggle to keep the pantry tidy, I recommend storing dry goods (e.g., flour, sugar, and rice) in transparent, airtight containers. There are many round-shaped options to be found in this product category, but rectangular containers stack much better, affording a more efficient use of space. For miscellaneous small items, use inexpensive baskets or repurposed crates to cut down on clutter.

 

4. GO LABEL CRAZY

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Many homeowners love open storage, because with no cabinet doors or drawer faces to obstruct the line of sight, you can see what you’ve got at a glance. Particularly in the pantry, where so many different items commingle, the downside of open storage is how visually chaotic it can look. One solution is to store like items in opaque containers, each labeled in keeping with its contents. To make your labels, get creative with washi tape, clothespins, or chalkboard paint.

 

5. ADD STYLE

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The pantry’s role is a functional one, but loving how it looks may motivate you to keep the space more organized day in, day out. Paint the walls a cheery color, or hang wallpaper over visible portions of the wall. Space permitting, install a funky pendant light or chandelier. And if you’re buying baskets and bins to fill the shelves, coordinate them not only with each other, but also with the decorating scheme that exists elsewhere in the kitchen and throughout the rest of your home.


How To: Refinish a Dresser

Do you have a dresser in good condition but with a dingy, worse-for-wear finish? With only a little elbow grease, you can transform it into a stunning signature piece.

How to Refinish a Dresser

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Hold on a second! Don’t get rid of that old wooden dresser just yet. Give it a second look, and this time try to see past its paint job or cracked coat of stain. Do you like its design? Do the drawers hold enough? If you admire everything about the piece except for its current condition, you can—with less effort than you might expect—transform it from a dingy eyesore into a captivating keeper. Indeed, anybody can refinish a dresser; there are no special tools or advanced skills required. All you need to be successful in the task are two things: a free afternoon and the willingness to get your hands a little sawdusty. Are you ready? OK, let’s go.

Removing the existing finish is the first, hardest, and most important step in the project. In fact, that’s mostly what furniture refinishing means—taking off the finish that’s worse for wear (or whose aesthetics you’re not too fond of). Adding the new finish is a snap, comparatively. How you go about removing the existing finish depends on whether the dresser is now sporting paint or stain. Not sure? If you see any wood grain, that means there’s a stain. If not, then you’re very likely dealing with paint. Bring the dresser to an area where you can make a mess, and to facilitate cleanup, position the dresser over a tarp. Don your goggles and dust mask, then proceed.

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PAINT
Use sandpaper—or to make quicker work of things, a power sander—to remove the paint, or layers of paint as the case may be. In hard-to-reach crannies, swap the sandpaper for a scraper or steel wool. It’s not necessary to take off every single speck of paint, but the closer you can get to bare wood, the better. After sanding, wipe the piece down with a tack cloth to pick up sawdust.

If you’ve tried sanding and the paint will not budge, there’s another option: chemical paint stripper. Working with such a product absolutely requires good ventilation and proper protective gear. Instructions vary from product to product, but the process generally starts with a thorough cleaning. Next, the gel-like stripping agent goes on with a brush and is left alone for a period of time. Slowly but surely, the paint bubbles into an easily removable layer, which you can then peel off using a putty knife in combination with your gloved hands. Finish by washing down the dresser and letting it dry out.

STAIN
To remove existing stain from the dresser, just as above, use sandpaper or a power sander. Either way, start with coarse sandpaper. As the bare wood starts to show through, switch to medium-grit sandpaper. To complete the process, use fine-grade sandpaper. The sandpaper actually does double duty: It removes the old stain while also preparing the bare wood to accept a new finish.

There are chemical strippers designed specifically for use with stains. Your best bet is to use a product that contains methylene chloride, which cuts through anything. As stipulated above, working with such toxic chemicals demands the observance of various safety measures. For specific details, make sure to read and follow the instructions printed on the container of the product you end up using. The dresser must be clean and dry (and of course, bare) before you can proceed to add the new finish.

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REFINISHING
At this point, the dresser is down to bare wood and ready for just about anything—the traditional paint or stain, or even something creative, such as decoupage or a faux finish. Yes, this is the fun part! What new finish should you give to your old dresser? There is no right or wrong here, and the answer, of course, is entirely up to you. Heed your personal style preferences, and consider the decor already ensconced in the room where you plan to use the refinished dresser.

Stain. As the name suggests, stains are coloring agents that change the color or shade of the wood. Stains can highlight the grain, lighten or darken natural tones, or change them altogether. For step-by-step directions on how to stain wood furniture, click here.

Paint. Paint differs from other finishes in that it’s opaque. Remember that traditional paints are sold in a va­riety of lusters—flat, satin, and so on. If you wish to apply a traditional paint with a brush, click here for a tutorial. Interested in spray-painting? Right this way.

No matter your chosen finish, when you’re done following the steps outlined above, you can be certain that the dresser will look quite different from the one you were ready to say goodbye to. And instead of purchasing a new piece of furniture for hundreds of dollars, you were able to customize one for less than $50. Not bad!


DIY Barn Door Headboard

New and salvaged materials come together in a rustic-inspired DIY headboard.

We’ve seen a resurgence in barn door decor over the years but when we spotted this project from Beth at Home Stories A to Z—a barn-inspired DIY headboard, we fell head over heels, so to speak. What’s more, because she and her husband, Matt, had antique side doors on hand, the project only cost them $90.57. We think their hard work speaks for itself in this one-of-a-kind headboard. Read on to see how they pulled it off.

DIY Barn Door Headboard

MATERIALS

- (7) 1x4x8 pine boards
- (1) 4×8 beadboard panel
- (6) mending plates
- (3) T-plates
- screws
- drill
- mitre saw
- nails
- hammer or nail gun
- milk paint
- sandpaper
- gate hardware

The hardest part for us was figuring out the measurements. Matt and I stink at math and the brainiacs who decided to make dimensional lumber measure differently than the actual size stated didn’t help matters! FYI: a 1″x4″x 8′ is really a 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ x 8′.

The height of our doors and the width of the sheet of beadboard we used to back the headboard frame helped determine the dimensions.

STEP 1

DIY Barn Door Headboard Frame

Once we had the pieces cut, we screwed them all together using mending plates.

STEP 2

DIY Barn Door Headboard notes

You can see that we wrote notes to ourselves in pencil which piece was to go where. Doing this saved us a ton of time in reassembly after the boards were all cut!

 STEP 3

DIY Barn Door Headboard Frame

Once the frame was finished and painted, I nailed the beadboard into place by hand. (My dog chewed through my nailgun cord!) Then Matt screwed the frame into the two windowed-side panels using more mending plates.

STEP 4

To paint the headboard, I used General Finishes milk paint in Snow White. I didn’t use a primer on the wood first; I just went for it with the milk paint.

STEP 5

DIY Barn Door Headboard Painted Sanded

I sanded a few spots on the headboard to create a worn look and used the burnt umber glaze over the top.

STEP 6

DIY Barn Door Headboard Detail

I bought cheap gate hardware in silver and spray painted them ORB. I just hot-glued them in place because I was tired of drilling :) . Yes, we might get hit in the head by a random piece of flying hardware in the middle of the night, but that’s the risk of laziness that I’m just willing to take right now!

Here’s the most recent update to this headboard:

DIY Barn Door Headboard Update

 

Thanks for sharing, Beth! To see more pictures from her master bedroom makeover click here or check out her site, Home Stories A to Z, for more inspiring tutorials.


DIY Wood Headboard

This bedroom gets a beach-inspired look with the help of a new headboard.

We love it when home DIYers aren’t afraid to work with wood and stains. So when we saw this project from Mandy at The Hankful House, we knew we wanted to give it a spot in the Bob Vila Thumbs Up competition. The transformation from before to after was so incredible, we didn’t even recognize the room—always a good sign. And for us, it all starts with this headboard, which anchors the space. Read on to see how Mandy did it.

DIY Wood Headboard

MATERIALS 

- wood planks
- dark wood stain
- 2 x 4 boards
- screws
- drill

I have never had a headboard. I have always been a box spring and mattress kind of gal. Not that I had anything against headboards it was more of a money issue. But it’s like being able to purchase that amazing and beautiful yet really expensive accessory. That was the headboard. I knew we needed it to finish off our bedroom so we made it.

I wanted some rustic-ness to come in to match our beachy but not really beachy themed room. Does that make sense? There is something so elegant about natural materials.

It cost me about $70.00 or so, which wasn’t that bad. We had to buy the longer planks because our bed is so large.

STEP 1

We had the Home Depot guy cut the wood to our length there so I wouldn’t have to listen to my husband complain. Seriously it worth hanging out at the store for a few more minutes.

STEP 2

DIY Wood Headboard Stain

I brought them home and stained them. I did want them pretty dark to match our furniture so I gave them 2 heavy coats and didn’t rub any off. I will tell you it did take a few days for them to dry completely. If I had done this in August, the boards would have been dry in 5 minutes.

STEP 3

Once they were dry we placed them together and Mike screwed in 2×4′s to the back for support. We attached those to the wall for extra support and that was it. It is beautiful and I am in awe!

BEFORE

This was our before picture—the colors were just all wrong! Nothing relaxing about this room at all. Plus I still can’t believe Mike and I slept under 100 ton rod iron candlestick holders, what was I thinking?

Bedroom Before DIY Wood Headboard

AFTER

Bedroom After DIY Wood Headboard

What a difference our bedroom has now! I am so happy with our transformation and I got to cross off a few more projects for this room! Yeah! It’s almost done!

Thanks for sharing, Mandy! To take a tour of the whole master bedroom and bath, or see even more incredible DIY projects, visit The Hankful House.


DIY Wingback Upholstered Headboard

A DIY take on the classic wingback gives this bedroom a whole new look.

There’s something transporting about wingback furniture. And private. When it comes to wingback headboards, that little extra bit of material marks the borders of your own personal sanctuary. So we were thrilled by Sarah M. Dorsey’s fantastic DIY wingback headboard. From the tufted look to the nailhead edging, all the details came together to make this project a visual success. Read on to see how she created the high-end look for under $150.

DIY Wingback Headboard

MATERIALS*

- plywood (62.5-inch x 48.5 inch)
- 1x4s
- 1x6s
- 2x6s
- fabric (4 yards)
- (28) buttons
- foam (62.5-inch x 48.5 inch)
- batting
- nailheads (about 500)
- drill and screws
- staple gun
- gorilla glue
- upholstery thread and needle
- hammer

*measurements are for queen-size bed

STEP 1

DIY Wingback Headboard Step 1

The plywood was cut to size, holes drilled in plywood for tufting, 1x4s were cut to build a support around the entire back. 1-inch foam was attached with adhesive to avoid it slipping while tufting.

STEP 2

DIY Wingback Headboard Batting

Batting was attached with staple gun, fabric on top (attached after tufting).

STEP 3

DIY Wingback Headboard Buttons

Buttons were covered with fabric (I also applied a small amount of gorilla glue on the interior of the button since I wasn’t using heavy duty button covers, to avoid them popping off). I doubled up upholstery thread and used a long needle to tuft. Like the ottoman we made, I pushed to button from the top—pulling the fabric tight as I went and David stapled from the bottom. Fabric was pulled tight and stapled underneath on all sides.

STEP 4

Next the arms were attached. A 2×6 and 1×6 were attached together with screws.

How to Attach DIY Wingback Headboard

STEP 5

Arms for DIY Wingback Headboard

Fabric and batting were cut to cover the arm. Fabric and batting were placed in between headboard and arm then the arm was attached to the headboard.

STEP 6

DIY Wingback Headboard Fabric Fold

Fabric was pulled tight around the arm and stapled to the back.

The fold for the fabric on the top of the wing was created by first pulling the fabric over the top, stapling on the outer side, wrapping the fabric around the front and side of the wing, folding the top edge to create the crease (excess fabric and batting were cut off at this point too), and then stapling in the back.

STEP 7

Nailhead DIY Wingback Headboard

Nailhead was applied on the edges of the arm. I found it pretty easy to eyeball it with the edge, but you could use a pencil or fabric pen to draw a guide line. I used about half the box of nail head, so about 500 in total.
Final DIY Wingback Headboard
Thanks, Sarah! To see the plan she designed and get the exact measurements for her queen-sized headboard, or to tour her house, visit Sarah’s blog.

 

 


DIY Door Upcycled Headboard

An inexpensive thrift store find gets a classy upgrade.

French doors are one of those charming classics that we think never goes out of style. And so that’s why we thought this French door DIY headboard was such an amazing idea. Lindsay from The White Buffalo Styling Co.—along with her family—changed this $20 Goodwill find into a brand new focal point in her master bedroom. Because Lindsay is a professional home stylist, it’s no wonder that her matching bedding and complementary drapes made this old door looks right at home at the head of her bed. Want to see how she transformed an ordinary door into a one-of-a-kind headboard? Read on.

DIY Door Upcycled Headboard

MATERIALS

- old French door
- saw (depends on size of bed)
- (4) 2×4 wood pieces
- power drill and screws
- clamps
- palm sander
- sand paper
- paint

STEP 1

DIY Door Headboard Goodwill Door 

I found this old french door at Goodwill for $20. I will admit, my first thought when I saw it was not “Oh a headboard!”. But it was just too good of a deal to pass up. I paid for it, brought my sweet husband back with me to lift it into the car (it was seriously that heavy), and brought it home to decide how to use it. Chris had the great idea of somehow turning this door into a headboard! I had the vision for how to finish it out. Chris and my dad had the know-how to build the frame and make it happen.

 

STEP 2

DIY Door Headboard Sawed Ends

 

First, we had to saw a little off of each side. It was so much wider than our Queen bed!

STEP 3

Then, they started building the frame.

DIY Door Headboard Frame

They put a 2×4 on each side and then two running horizontally to connect them.

STEP 4

DIY Door Headboard Measuring

Here they are checking to make sure the frame fits the bed. Once we knew it fit, we lugged it back downstairs for painting and finishing.

STEP 5

Sanding DIY Door Headboard

Next, we sanded off the old stained finish with our handy palm sander.

STEP 6

Painted DIY Door Headboard

Then, it was time for the paint. I thought it would need at least two coats, but since I wanted a more rustic feel and was planning to sand some paint off anyway, one coat did the trick!

STEP 7

After the paint was dry, I sanded all of the edges by hand to let a little of the natural wood shine through.  And here she sits today:

Finished DIY Door Headboard

Thanks, Lindsay! To see even more home DIY projects or check out Lindsay’s home styling services, visit her site.

 

 

 

 


DIY Reclaimed Barn Door Headboard

Using reclaimed barn doors in the bedroom is well worth the effort.

At BobVila.com we like resourcefulness. And we love reclaimed wood. So when we saw this salvaged barn door headboard from Sabrina at Sweet French Toast, we wanted it to give it a big Bob Vila Thumbs Up. What started out as a fortuitous Craigslist find was transformed into an incredible DIY headboard. And for anyone afraid of the potential pests, dirt, or splinters that could come from using reclaimed wood, read on to see how Sabrina breaks down the process of making perfectly good materials look perfectly at home in a bedroom.

DIY Reclaimed Barn Door Headboard

MATERIALS

- two barn doors, reclaimed
- (2) 5-gallon buckets
- 20-inch gong brush
- soapy water
- Borax and water mixture
- sponge
- latex gloves
- plastic drop cloth
- face mask
- stain (optional)

STEP 1

After communicating with the listing owner, RH and I made the trek out to what I would call “the country” in Gainesville, north of the metro Atlanta area. The barn was an honest-to-goodness barn, complete with the charming stench of horse manure.

DIY Barn Headboard Picking Up Wood

If you’re crazy to try this yourself, remember to determine how many doors you need, wear proper shoes, make sure the doors will fit in your car, and bring a friend—these doors are frequently solid wood, so they can be very heavy!

STEP 2

DIY Barn Headboard Cleaning

I waited to clean the doors so I could work outside during daylight. Because I live in a loft-condo, I’m very limited in the options I have for cleaning large items like these doors. Some of the info I read suggested using a pressure washer to wash barn wood clean. That might have worked, but I would have been worried about damaging the wood and metal hinges. I didn’t even access to a hose, much less a pressure washer. Instead, I used two 5-gallon buckets and a 20″ gong brush out on my little patio. I would have preferred to have had a hose and nozzle sprayer to wash down the doors. I’m sure the people walking by my place that day wondered what the heck I was up to!

I filled the first bucket with warm water and a mild detergent and the second bucket with clean warm water. I dipped the brush into the soapy water and began scrubbing the doors down, alternating every now and then with clean water to rinse off the soap and dirt. It took me a couple of hours to scrub down the barn wood board and both doors, front and back. I replaced the water in both buckets halfway through when it became too dirty.

Then, I propped them up outside to let them dry. After a few hours of drying, I brought them inside overnight.

STEP 3

Treating DIY Barn Door Headboard Wood

While I’m sure Timmy Termite and Paul the Powder Post Beetle would love to join us for dinner sometime, I knew I had to do something to make sure a host of creepy crawlies didn’t infiltrate our place. This is the subject that I spent the most time reading about.

There are many options for treating unfinished wood, including commercial products like Boracare and Timbor, but I didn’t feel comfortable using them on a headboard—which would be very close to our heads every night—especially since the homebrew version of Boracare contains antifreeze. Besides that, Boracare is pretty pricey.

The day after scrubbing the doors and board clean, I decided to treat the wood using a Borax solution.

I mixed 3 cups of Borax into 1 gallon of warm water and stirred to dissolve as much of it as possible. Using latex gloves and a sponge, I coated the surface of the wood, making sure to cover every exposed piece of the doors I could reach—front, back, top and bottom. Theoretically, any pests in the wood will either dry out or eat the borate in the wood and die. I am counting on this working!

STEP 4

After treating the wood with the Borax solution, I let the doors and board dry all day outside and then for another six days inside since I had to wait for another weekend to continue the process. I figured this was plenty of time for the wood to dry thoroughly and also to acclimate to the temperature/humidity inside our place.

STEP 5

DIY Barn Door Headboard Plastic Tarp

As the wood dried, little crystals of Borax began to form on the surface. My plan was to lay out a huge plastic drop cloth on my patio, move the doors back outside, and brush the crystals off. This weekend was insanely windy though, and I was worried about the crystals flying into my hair and my eyes, even though I am a safety nerd and wear the oh-so-stylish safety goggles and dust mask while I work.

So, I covered the guest bathroom with the plastic drop cloth and brushed down the wood board in the tub. Then I realized that there was no way the barn doors were going to make it into the guest bath tub gracefully, so I moved the drop cloth and set up a little work area in the living room. I don’t have any photos of that, but it seriously looked like a HazMat area with everything covered in plastic and me waving around my gong brush while decked out in goggles and a face mask.

I brushed down the doors, with the key word being brushed down. Downward strokes ensured that the crystals and any remaining dirt fell down onto the drop cloth instead of flying through the air. I vacuumed the drop cloth with my DustBuster a few times while I was working, and when every surface of the doors had been brushed, I rolled up the drop cloth and stuffed it into a garbage bag.

STEP 6

If I wanted to stain the wood, I would have done that after thoroughly cleaning the wood from the Borax treatment. I decided to leave the wood natural and unfinished though.

With the doors in good shape, it was time to assemble the headboard! I tried various configurations (the “Z” facing the wall, facing out, hinges open, hinges closed) before RH helped me find the winning look. The doors are a little crooked, so I placed a single barn wood board behind the middle of the headboard, where the two doors should meet and instead leave a rather large gap.

STEP 7 

DIY Barn Door Headboard with Pillow

The true test came when I moved the decorative pillows that were leaning up against the doors. Since they are white, I honestly expected them to show at least a little red dirt, but they were spotless!
Thanks, Sabrina! To see even more details from her DIY barn door headboard, or check out her other DIY projects, visit Sweet French Toast.

Bob Vila’s Fall Paint Give-Away Starts TODAY!

Enter today and every day in September for your best chance to win 16 gallons of BEHR MARQUEE® Interior or Exterior paints.

With cool and crisp weather on the way, September returns us home from summer vacations and places far flung, so we partnered with BEHR® to help you repaint your abode, inside or out! This month, four lucky winners will each receive 16 gallons of BEHR MARQUEE® Interior or Exterior paint—a give-away totaling $3,000 in prizes! What would you do if you won? Whether you’d reinvent your living room or revitalize your home’s curb appeal, now’s the time to enter.

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The “Bob Vila’s Fall Paint Give-Away” is open only to permanent legal U.S. residents of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Void in all other geographic locations. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Contest Period for Weekly Prizes runs from 12:00 p.m. (EST) EST Sunday, August 31st, 2014 through 11:59 am Tuesday, September 30th, 2014. One entry per household per day on BobVila.com. Alternative means of entry for Drawing is available by faxing your name and address to 508-437-8486 during the applicable Entry Period. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. By entering, all entrants agree to the Official Rules.