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How to Distress an Ivory Headboard

A distressed ivory finish on this headboard helps give this bedroom suite some style.

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Step 1: Cut the Headboard From the Door

To match the 60" size of the queen bed, the door must be trimmed from its original 84" length. Cut the same amount from both ends.

cut door down to fit measurement of queen size bed

Step 2: Add the Plywood for Structural Support

Next, add structural support by cutting and mounting a sheet of plywood to the back of the door. Measure for two 24" legs and cut opening at bottom of plywood. Align the bottom cut edge of plywood with bottom edge of door, allowing the legs to extend past the door. Use pneumatic door to secure the plywood to the thicker sections of the door.

Use pneumatic nailer to secure plywood to door

Step 3: Attach the Legs

To reinforce the legs, cut two 24" sections from a 2" x 6". Attach the two pieces to the plywood frame, then use 1-1/4" wood screws to attach the legs to the frame. Cut the support pieces flush with the plywood.

reinforce legs and attach to frame

Step 4: Frame the Bed

Frame the bed for a finished look. Use a miter saw set at a 45-degree angle to cut two 1" x 4" pieces to at least 62" long – the combined length of the door plus the legs. Once the miter cuts are made and checked for tight fit, a measurement can be made to remove excess at the bottom.

Step 5: Cut and Attach the Molding

Next, measure for molding. Make 45-degree cuts on the ends using a compound miter saw on all three pieces of molding. Attach to the door edges using finishing nails. To support the crown molding, build a two foot block out of a 2" x 4" with a 2" x 2" lip. Add this to the back of the door to have something to attach the crown molding to. Cut a 1 x 4" to size and nail to top of headboard to create a ledge. Prime the headboard, allow to dry thoroughly, then apply paint as desired.

support crown molding with blocks on back of door

Step 6: Mount the Headboard

To mount the headboard, use a stud finder to find the wall studs. Drill holes in lower section of the headboard to correspond to the studs. The holes will be concealed by the bed. Countersink the larger hole to hide the head of the bolt. It only needs to be about 1/2" deep. Next, drill another smaller hole where you will insert a lag bolts that will be tightened with a ratchet. Make sure bolt goes through door and into stud.