DIY TUFTED HEADBOARD

I’ve been wanting to create a headboard in our bedroom for a while now and with the cold weather around us lately (-12 degrees?! Is this real life!?) I finally got around to doing it. Months ago, we built a bed platform from the boards we ripped down when we raised the ceiling in the living room but other than painting that, our overall bed situation has been pretty sad.

DIY Tufted Headboard

I knew I wanted something soft and upholstered and that I didn’t want to shell out the cash for a store bought one (those puppies are expensive!) and since our bed is placed in front of a window and hanging it on the wall wasn’t an option, I thought I’d see if I could create my own DIY tufted headboard to my exact specifications.

I’m certainly no professional when it comes to upholstery work, in fact, I don’t have much experience in that arena at all, but I did find a few things to be helpful along the way that I thought I’d share with you all. There are a lot of great tutorials out there for these types of headboards (like Jenny’s and Sarah’s) which I used as a starting point and then sort of mixed and matched different things with my own ideas.

DIY Tufted Headboard

Here’s what I used:

  • 1 Piece of Plywood Cut to Size – I had the guys at Home Depot cut it down to my exact dimensions
  • 3 Yards of Fabric – I probably could have gotten away with 2.5 yards but I’d rather be safe than sorry ;)
  • Upholstery Foam – This is, honestly, the most expensive part of the project. Rather than spending the money on new upholstery foam, I used an old mattress pad that we have in storage and it worked perfectly. I suggest exploring your options here before shelling out the cash for the pricey stuff
  • Batting
  • Dritz Craft Cover Button Kit from Jo-Ann Fabrics
  • Staple Gun
  • Wide Head Nails
  • Small Washers
  • Spray Adhesive

I cut the upholstery foam/mattress pad to size using a serrated knife so that it covered the plywood entirely and attached it with some spray adhesive. Then, using a staple gun, I wrapped the batting around the foam and board and stapled it to the back. I suppose you could get away with skipping this step but I found it helpful to add just a bit more padding and to make sure all edges and corners were smooth.

Then, I used the same wrapping and stapling process with the of fabric, being sure to keep things tight and smooth but also allow for a bit of give for when the actual tufting process began.

Tufting is typically done using a heavy duty upholstery needle and threading the button through the fabric and out the back but I wanted to try out a different method that I thought would be faster and easier for me.

I thought by hammering a wide head nail and washer and through the headboard layers, I would be able to get the same effect in half the time. The wide head and washer are important here in order to avoid the nails popping through the fabric and making you very, very sad. I may or may not have learned this the hard way…

DIY Tufted Headboard

Once I mapped out where I waned by tufts to be and marked each spot on the fabric, I fit the washer around the nail to give it a larger circumference and provide enough hold around the fabric to stay tight and secure.

DIY Tufted Headboard

 Then, I carefully hammered the nails to create my tufts.

DIY Tufted Headboard

It’s also important that your nails are long enough to fit through all layers of the headboard. I even made sure that my nails came through the back and then I simply bent them with the hammer when I was finished to assure they stayed secure. Remember, you’re not even going to see the back of the headboard.

Here’s how it looked once all tufts were made. [Insert poorly lit iPhone images here…]

DIY Tufted Headboard

You can see here that I left the bottom potion of the board open, only covering it with fabric to avoid any exposed plywood, because this is where we would be attaching the headboard to the back of the bed platform.

Then I used the button kit to create the buttons with my fabric remnants and glued them into place using a hot glue gun.

Here it is once we attached it to the back of the bed.

DIY Tufted Headboard

 It’s funny what a difference it makes in the room, really pulling things together.

DIY Tufted Headboard

DIY Tufted Headboard

And it’s just so nice to rest me noggin’ on at night ;)

Now there are only a handful of other issues left to deal with in the bedroom. One, being the placement of the bed. The bed in front of the window isn’t ideal but was truly the only logical option for this bedroom but I do have some ideas to combat the issue and make it into more of a focal point and less of an oddity.

I think by flanking the window with curtains, I’ll be able to fill up the empty space because the bed and make the window feel more substantial without creating extra visual clutter. You can see below that I’ve been playing around with the idea in Photoshop to get a feel for what I want…

DIY Tufted Headboard

DIY tufted Headboard

I haven’t made any final decisions but I think it will make a huge difference. I’m still on the hunt for some new nightstands (I’d really love to find something reclaimed or vintage, the space is begging for some natural wood right now) but overall, things are finally starting to come together.

It’s hard to believe that the bedroom looked like this just before we got our hands on it…

a tour of the 2nd floor

 I like it. I love it. I want some more of it.

Happy Sunday, everyone! Stay warm!

 

LET’S PROCRASTINATE!

It’s been a while since I pushed my bad procrastination habits on you all, so I figured I should probably put a hold on all productivity in fear of accomplishing too much today. Ha!

So, if you’re like me and could use a quick break from your Tuesday afternoon… let’s procrastinate, shall we?

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|| I need to be friends with this little boy just so I can hang out in his room for a while. But, chances are he’s a little too cool for me…

|| Gwen is taking some bold risks in her new dining room and they are paying off BIG TIME…

|| This lake house renovation is coming together sooooo nicely. I cannot wait to see the end result…

|| 12 solutions to make household chores just a bit more bearable… YES PLEASE!

|| It’s amazing what a little white paint can do. This former country kitchen is now what dreams are made of…

IKEA Home Planner Printout|| While I do love a good white kitchen, it’ll be fun to see how these black kitchen plans pan out…

I usually like to limit my procrastination to Monday mornings, but it’s turning out to be one of those weeks that my days are all screwed. I spent most of the morning thinking it was Wednesday. That’s never a good sign…

Well, anyway… Happy Wednesday Tuesday, folks!

READY-TO-HANG ART RENTAL: MY NEW FAVORITE ART SOURCE

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I love when I get the chance to share an exciting new source with you all and, you guys, I’m really pumped about this one.

Have you heard about Easely yet? It’s basically the Netflix for Art and completely my latest obsession. This ready-to-hang art rental company allows you to rent artwork by the month and, if you’re someone like me who likes options and doesn’t want to fully commit to purchasing something until you’re sure about it, it’s brilliant.

netflix for art

It gets even better. Every dollar you spend during the first 6 months of renting a piece goes as credit towards purchasing it, if you decide to keep it. If you decide what you chose isn’t exactly what you wanted or you want to switch things up, you can swap your art at any time. Shipping is free both ways (!!!) and each piece comes ready to hang, complete with a hammer and nail. It literally could not be easier.

You can browse through hundreds and hundreds of different options of all different styles, subjects, mediums, etc. to find exactly what you’re looking for.

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The “rent now” price will change based on your size selection.

Once you make your selection, your have two different payment options to choose from including:

  1. Rent Now: Best for renting singular pieces for a low monthly fee
  2. Rent in Plan: Best for renting several pieces at once with heavy discounts (like you’re trying to acquire artwork for a whole room or an entire house.)

Then, just choose your payment plan, enter shipping & billing info, and you’re ready to go! In just a few short days, your ready-to-hang artwork will arrive at your door!

It’s literally as easy as ONE…

ready-to-hang art rental

 TWO…

ready-to-hang art rental

 THREE…

ready-to-hang art

Whenever you feel like switching things up, you can simply swap this piece for a new one.

Easy peasy lemon squeazy.

Here are just a few of my favorite pieces to choose from:

ready-to-hang art

1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6

Now, go rent some art! Happy Monday people!

This post is brought to you by Easely. All opinions & experiences are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting the sponsors that make this blog possible.

LET’S GET MOODY: INSPIRATIONAL MOOD BOARDS

Life has felt a bit crazy lately. You figure things will calm down and life will simplify a bit after the holiday madness but somehow that hasn’t seemed to happen. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, I mean, I’m one of those people that feels most productive when there are a million things on my to-do list but sometimes you feel like you just need a breather. This, my friends, is one of those times.

So, since my idea of downtime is flipping through design books, creating concept boards and furiously pinning away, I thought it would be a good time to whip out one of my Inspirational Mood Boards. It’s been a while so I hope you don’t mind…

inspirational mood board

Sofa | Armoire | Coffee Table | Jute Rug | Black & White RugPlus Side Table | Table Lamp | Leather Chair | White Curtains

This client is a real lady. When I say “lady” I mean like, she owns a shop of some sort, probably one selling handmade textiles or chemical free luxury soaps, has an organic vegetable garden in her backyard, and always has fresh cut flowers in the house. The kind of lady we all want to be “when we grow up,” who has it all together, and puts the rest of us to shame, but is still totally approachable and genuinely sweet. She can even wear white all day long without getting a single stain and you still don’t hate her for it because she said she liked your shoes and you actually believed her. Because, that exists right?

Her home feels calm and organic but most of all comfortable. She pulls off naturally elegant like nobody’s business and understands the importance of both form and function. Her color palette is completely neutral and she brings in hints of color with fresh natural elements like ferns and flowers. Her house is full of expensive vintage treasures and big box store pieces but you’d never know the difference because she knows exactly what she’s going. Her house feels elegant and luxurious but also lived in and layered enough to curl up on the couch and take a nap.

Oh, and shes pretty. I take back what I said before. Now, I hate her.

Check out some more Inspirational Mood Boards here, here, and here.