Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Repurposing a cabinet door into a headboard shelf~

I bought this cabinet door from the "as-is" department at IKEA. I picked it up for $3(love those deals!!) Initially it had 2 additional squares that I chopped off so I could use it for the top of a coffee table. We used it for a while until Emmie gave us an old door that we wanted to use instead.

The cabinet door  has been hanging out in my garage for a couple of months so I thought I'd try and turn it into a shelf/headboard for my daughter's room.  

It's a pretty easy project if you have the right tools!

I set an 8'' mdf board next to the door and played around with drawing sides until I figured out one that I liked.  I cut it out with a bandsaw and traced a matching one for the other side.

I chopped the edges of a 10'' board at a 45 degree angle with a miter and routed the top side.

Before I put it all together, I drilled hanging holes in the top side of the cabinet door.

I put wood glue on all of the edges and tacked them into place with a pneumatic nail gun.

Here's a shot of the previous headboard.

And here's the headboard shelf hanging above her bed. 

I love how much it brightens and cheers up the room! 
Hopefully Liv will like it too!  


  1. WOW this is so neat:) Something i wouldnt have thought of but LOVE! You are so creative!!

  2. Andy! That is just too cute! I love the way it turned out.

  3. It's perfect as a shelf/headboard! Very creative!

  4. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [28 Sep 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  5. Your shelf turned out wonderful... I like the idea and yes, it looks great!

  6. Looks great...I bet she loved it :) Laurel@chippingwithcharm

  7. That is so cute! I love that idea! http://bellesbazaar-heather.blogspot.com


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