Post # 1
I’m sure I’m not the only one on here that has wanted to make furniture out of old weathered pieces. I just bought 2 beautiful (IMO) doors that came out of an old farm house.
I really want to make a headboard out of one or possibly both of the doors. Does anybody have any experience with this type of project??? I love the way the doors look as they are right now, but I’m concerned that the paint is most likely lead based. I really don’t want to strip them and lose the aged look it already has. Anyone know how to replicate it with new non lead based paint???
My doors are a bit different because the rectangles are from side to side not up and down, but these are some ideas I love with the curtain draped around it as well. =]
They a;so used to have a fluted door knob and skeleton key that is no longer in tact. I was thinking if I use the doors upright and side by side I could reinstall some old crystal door knobs to hold the curtains back. Any ideas how to install the door knob on just one side so that it can sit flat against the wall?
I have no experience with this stuff and just hoping to get some feedback from those who do or opinions of those who know more about it than I do.
Thanks! Hopefully I can post pics of my doors soon.
Post # 3
I would think it would be relatively easy…brackets to join the two pieces in the back, maybe a few structural pieces of wood.
I’ve seen old doors made into tables (coffee and dining) and they looked fantastic!
Post # 4
Lead based paint is not a problem as long as it is intact. You can simply apply a clear coat sealer over the existing finish- matte or satin finish- your choice.
You can join the doors together and hang them by building a cleat across the back. It’s basically a 2×4″ cut on a 45 degree angle and slides into a similar piece that is attached to the wall.
Post # 5
@GFerg: The people who previously owned them did use the 2 doors as a dining table. I still have all the peices to do that as well. =] I kinda like the headboard idea a bit better though.
@julies1949: Thanks for the info!!! I didn’t think to apply a clear coat. That’s great though beause I love the look as it is now. =] The cleat is something new for me too, but sounds like a great idea! Thank you!
Post # 6
I think you can buy a kit to test for lead paint.
Post # 7
My crystal knobs and brass door plates came in today!!! I tried them out on a door my mom got but mine look about the same… Just a little bit bigger and the rectangle designs go sideways (not up and down).