Monday, March 15, 2010

My yellow in this case is not so mellow...

I have wanted to make an upholstered headboard for 2 years now but I have been unable to find a fabric that I was certain about, and I was afraid it would end up looking too homemade.
I stopped by a fabric store this weekend and found a remnant of brown, slubby linen that I loved (3 1/2 yards for the price of 1 yard- who could pass that up?) I did not have a project in mind but it was so cheap I couldn't leave it at the store.
Sunday afternoon I asked brother-in-law, Bibb to help me with this project. I used Centsational Girl's headboard post as my guide. Her project looked store bought and professional which was enough incentive for me to try. However, I added 2" high density foam to my existing headboard and had Bibb screw on 1/2" plywood around the corners of the headboard so the nail head trim could be able to be tacked in.
Here is our Master Bedroom

Before:



After:

That was so much fun we decided to go to Home Depot to buy plywood to make a headboard for our guestroom. I was looking at striped fabric this weekend and realized I'd have to sew together two 54" wide pieces of fabric to have enough material to cover a 60" queen headboard. One fabric swatch I took home was yellow and white striped and almost identically matched our 70" wide shower curtain. Problem solved, we used the shower curtain for fabric. (I have been looking for an excuse to make a shower curtain and I have one)


It feels so great to finish a project that I've had earmarked for years. If you have been thinking of making your own headboard and have been hesitating, I encourage you to try it. (Or hire me and Bibb to build you one- wink wink)

10 comments:

Whimsy World said...

Yea! Great Job, I know you have been dying to try that. It looks wonderful. You just might inspire me to try one.

Centsational Girl said...

Absolutely fabulous ! Both are so different, yet so wonderful ! Aren't you loving the injection of fabric into your spaces ? Thanks for the shout out !

xoxo
Kate

The Zhush said...

They came out amazing! Love crossing big projects off the list...your beds are so pretty.

sarah, flourish design + style said...

Ok, how fabulous are you? Very, very nice. Love your bed with the navy and white and the yellow stripes are so fresh and crisp! xo

Alaina @ Live Creating Yourself said...

So inspirational! Love the yellow and white stripes!

Cheers,
Alaina

paula said...

they look gorgeous! I am very impressed.

Annie Louise said...

They turned out truly marvelous. Great Job and what a grand feeling crossing off project from our "to do" list. Congratulations.
Jeanette

Punctuation Mark said...

headboards make such a big difference in the bedroom and they are so easy to make... ;)myclamis

K. A. Mallard said...

I've already expressed my admiration of both these headboards. Great job! (And I love the nod to Mr. Mayer in the title, btw.)

Rachel said...

What a great job! They turned out really well!!!