Monday, March 28, 2016

diy upholstered headboard

Welcome! This was a fairly simple DIY project, assuming you have a Kreg Jig and a drill. You also need to know how to use a Kreg Jig and a drill, or have someone who knows how to use a Kreg Jig and a drill and also happens to love you.

You also need scissors. And a schtapler. And duct tape. Wait a minute. Nope, no duct tape for this one. Oh! And an iron! I'll shut up now.

My tutorial skills are downright enviable, you know.  In fact, I would say they are on even par with Eddie's ability to keep his beard clean.

Allow me to illustrate:

Now that you have zero expectations, we can continue.

Oh, and Ed-Man had a birthday in case you missed it. He cleaned himself up a little bit for the occasion. At least I think he licked his butt. That counts, right?

Lest we forget, here is how the master bedroom looked when we moved in. I know. I'm totally crushing on the shorts/underwear combo on the floor.

I'll be doing another post down the road to show all the stages this room has gone through, but today it's all about that headboard.

Step One: Purchase curtain panels from Tuesday Morning. Hey! Maybe I don't suck at tutorials after all!

Break out your crappy pink iron and eradicate the wrinkles. Don't try this on your stretch marks. It hurts like hell.

And cut off the grommets.

Purchase a big ole sheet of MDF and cut it to whatever size you want. Then buy a cheap mattress pad, cut it in half, and trim it to size.

Wrap the whole dang mess with some quilt batting and schtaple it down.

Then wrap your curtain around the whole dang mess and schtaple it down.

Be sure and measure your materials so very closely that by the time you get to the curtain part, you can barely get the fabric up and around in order to schtaple it down. That really helps. And doesn't cause schwearing or schweating at all.

Now "let's" build the frame. Ha. Like I've ever built anything. Well, I did grow two humans in me in less than two years. Thus, the stretch marks.

But Phil...well, HE built the frame! Remember the Pot Farm? Of course you do. It's the coolest thing we've ever done on this blog. We followed a very similar process.

Our neighbor gave us a giant pile of rough-sawn cedar. Free. I highly recommend acquiring your supplies this way. You'll most likely have to find your own benefactor though.

Or you could find a restaurant or business that has wood planks on its walls and surreptitiously abscond with your soon-to-be headboard frame.

Better yet, have someone else do the surreptitious absconding. Less risk for you.

Whew. Thank goodness the hard part of the tutorial is over. Flip your project over and leave it on the floor!

Here's a later version of the bedroom. Pay attention to that lamp on the chester drawers.

Naked, headboard-free wall. Bed. Wall. Whatever.

Did you see what happened there? A helper!

He thinks he's an excellent helper. Excellent helper. He also thinks K-Mart sucks. In fact, I'm sure that's why they're all closing now. Eddie, what have you done?

Let's get ready to hang 'em high. (OMG I'm still completely in love with my Viatera Everest quartz, and I do, still, occasionally lick it.)

Oh, it's so close I can almost taste it! The wall is not quartz. Don't lick.


Oh yeah...

See that lamp on the nightstand? Do you remember it from that other picture? I used up the leftover scrap of curtain fabric and recovered the lamp shade. Again. And painted the base. Again.

And did you see the embroidered owl on the nightstand to the left?

That's from my friend Tina. She's an owlnabler for my owlbsession. If you missed THAT POST, and you love owls, go check it out.

She also won the nickname contest I wasn't aware we were having!

After the big announcement, she dubbed me GRANDI! How awesome is that? Freaking brilliant if you asked me.

In fact, I'm kicking my own ass for not coming up with it myself.

Anyway, one more look!

Sweet dreams!

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  1. I have a few things from Teen Wolf myself, but I love your owl. And the headboard, but my cats would destroy it in 2.7 seconds.
    Grandi is a cute name. My daughter (who is not pregnant) wants her unborn children to call me Mammy. Like in Gone With the Wind. I'm not sure what to think about that.

  2. Wowzers! That is fabulous...GRAND even (obviously). Did you repurpose the grommets into bangles or earrings!?!? Jingly bling for Eddie's collar?

  3. Can I just say how happy I am that you grace us with your presence again? You amuse me to no end. Thank goodness you gave the heads up about not using the iron on my stretch marks. Because I have been tempted.
    Philly and boss man Eddie did some damn fine work- you three made a good team. I've loving the large wow factor that headboard provides. I bet it's comfy to lean on when you are reading at night, too. Way to use up the scraps on the lampshade but I do need an answer to the question that Andrea posed about the grommet earrings or Ed's jingly bling.
    I'm glad you still like your owl! And your grandma name, too. ;)

    1. She is the greates from what I've seen so far. I love her wit and humor connie Hayes-Forte

    2. She is the greates from what I've seen so far. I love her wit and humor connie Hayes-Forte

  4. Sorry but I prefer the "before" but only because Eddie is in the photo!

  5. Beautifully done, my dear. You are a rare find. I love Eddie's beard.


  6. OMG this is BRILLIANT! And, something I could do! I love it!! BTW, I just wanted to tell you that I entered the Chicago Marathon lottery, I'll find out on April 21st if I get in... we'll see! I sort of doubt it, but you never know. :) Didn't you run it? I hope I am remembering correctly :) I know you ran a marathon. Anyway, I am kind of scared too about getting in... then I will have to train! Eek! Wish me luck!


  7. Wow! Beautiful, girl!!! I'm a little ticked at Eddie for closing down K-Mart though. Didn't shop there much, but would like to have the choice, if I wanted to. Maybe next time he can speak to me before he decides to close down a chain of stores.

    (FYI-sure is good to have you back in my inbox!)

    1. Awww! I'm so happy to hear that!! (Not that you're ticked about K-Mart...) ;)


  8. Grandi - perfect!
    Tina's artwork is the bomb. I have some displayed in my house as well.
    I actually do have a person who is willing to surreptitiously abscond with things at my request. It is quite a rewarding feature in a friend.
    Nice work in your room. I am impressed with the whole decor / dog color coordination.

  9. Sweet! I love that you covered the lamp shade, too.
    Cute helper. Dirty beard or not. ;)

  10. Love it!!! and so funny, we are working on an upholstered headboard for our son. But ours is made with pleather! ;) (boy's room!!) He wanted it to be tufted no way! Anyway, looks fab!!! xo

  11. Your talent is showing and it's as obvious as Eddie's beard.

  12. This room went from ordinary to extraordinary just so. This blog was also ultra amusing. You made a lady with terrible flu feel much better will be trying this sooner rather than later...

  13. This room went from ordinary to extraordinary just so. This blog was also ultra amusing. You made a lady with terrible flu feel much better will be trying this sooner rather than later...

  14. I love your new room. I have a table full of kitchen plans, paint samples, countertop samples, cupboard nob and pull samples ... and I need you to touch up my hair color. Bring Eddie. Buddy needs a play date. After being friends 26-27? years, can I make an appointment? Love, Dorie

  15. Ed-Man is the boss-man! Wow Andi! Good job on that headboard and the whole bedroom. It looks magazine worthy! Have a great weekend.

    1. Love this new picture. Have a happy weekend.

  16. I kind of miss the shorts and underwear on the floor look, but hey, all tastes are in nature, we say in French, so if you'd rather have a beautiful headboard and well orgaised room, who am I to criticize?

  17. This turned out so pretty! The curtain panel aisle at Homegoods is my favorite fabric store!!

  18. I love it, it is beautiful...and Eddie is a doll!

  19. What a beautiful complement to the bed! We've gone for years without a headboard but now you've got me thinking...


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