Recycled Cabinet Doors Turned Headboard

July 9th, 2009

With the tightening of the economic belt, I find that I am forced to get really creative with stuff I have just sitting around the house.

You too? 

As you know, I have been recycling some cabinet doors from the kitchen we had before the remodel of 2005.  With those old doors, my first project was to turn two of them into memo boards – those turned out really well. The second attempt was to make wall art. That project resulted in mixed reviews, most of the negativity coming from me.

Project number three was to turn the six doors I had left into a headboard.  I’ve made a fabric covered headboard before that I really love – that headboard sits in my master bedroom.  This one, on the other hand, was a lot trickier.  It’s really easy to make a fabric covered headboard with a solid piece of plywood.  It’s another thing to attempt it with a patterned fabric and six different pieces of wood. 

Here are the leftover cabinet doors before I attacked them with my staple gun:

doors before

And here is my headboard from those same doors:

headboard from side

We built a small “granny unit” or guest house above our garage when we added on to our house in 2005.  Currently, Mom and Pop are staying with us while their fancy shmancy house is staged and on the market.  [Should I show you pictures of their Wine Country chateau on a lake, surrounded by vineyard ?  It’s drop dead gorgeous.]

But in our guest house, there was this blank wall.  And blank walls drive me crazy.  So I decided to make a temporary headboard for that blank wall.  

Step One:  I removed all the hinges and leftover hardware. 

remove hinges

Step Two:  I aligned my batting and fabric on each piece, then stapled it to each individual cabinet door.  This was the hardest part of the whole project – trying to get all that fabric to match up. 

 staple to door

Step Three:  I labeled each door with its position on the wall.


Step Four: I located the wall studs, then matched up my D ring hanging brackets with the wall studs. 

D ring 

Step Five:   I used a level to make sure the headboard’s pieces all hung straight. 


Step Six:  I also added some ribbon detail with a hot glue gun.  I’m like a decorating McGyver with a hot glue gun and a staple gun.  I can decorate just about anything with those two tools in my hands.  I know some of you share that same talent.

hot glue 

Don’t forget the nail head trim !  You know I have a thing for upholstery tacks. 


So here it sits, above the bed in the guest house, my headboard made out of old cabinet doors.  I think when the folks eventually move out, once their house is sold, I’ll create something else for that space.  But for now, this was a fun solution for a very blank wall.   

headboard final 2

It’s a bit unconventional, but I think those doors are much happier covered in fabric, and not sitting in some junk yard.   

DIY: Invisible Trellis

July 8th, 2009

When we began our remodel in 2005, it required that we dramatically grade our rear yard to accommodate for the extension of the home.  Our rear yard has an uphill slope.  After all the tractors departed, I was left with a gigantic six foot eyesore of a retaining wall.  The only way to cover it was with clever plantings.

In the spring of 2008, I started the landscaping process by making my own invisible trellis to hide the wall.  An invisible trellis is an inexpensive way to train a vine up a wall without the expenditure and installation of wood lattice or a metal trellis.

Here’s a look at my version up close:

An invisible trellis is very easy to install, and virtually maintenance free.  The only tools you need are a drill for pilot holes, wire cutters, and a measuring tape.  The only supplies you’ll need are screw eyes and galvanized steel wire, pictured below.


The first step is to map out your trellis on your wall or fence.  I used a pencil to mark off the location for the screw eyes along the upper diagonal of my wall, then created a vertical and horizontal grid 12 inches apart.  The second step is to drill pilot holes where you’ve marked the location for your screw eyes.  Once all of your screw eyes are installed, simply connect the eyes with your galvanized wire to form the trellis.

The invisible trellis virtually disappears on the wall, and allows the beautiful vine to put on a show.  And here is the wall after installing the invisible trellis, a citrus tree, and some shrubs.  It’s amazing how greenery can turn something functional into something lovely.


Last summer, I planted two pink bower vines, a type of jasmine.  In summer, my bower vines give me pink trumpet shaped blooms with dark pink throats.  The added bonus is that the plant is an evergreen, so it stays green all winter long, hiding my wall throughout the year.



For another brief tutorial by Martha on installing an invisible trellis, look here.

Happy trellising !