Budget Headboard

I recently took our ho-hum headboard to a new level of awesome. Like super-duper awesome! And I did it for $20. Here’s the scoop-

For the last two years hubby and I have been changing things up all around the house. Like the half bath, adding a striped feature wall, getting the most out of our spare room and creating a haven for our little O. But to be honest, not much attention has been paid to our master bedroom.  Except for painting it and refinishing some killer second hand furniture (read about them here and here), we really haven’t done much. In fact, the master is pretty drab looking. We just agreed on a bedspread for the first time in seven years and the only way I really sold him on the ruffle effect is that it was striped (sort of) and majorly on sale at Target. The white really pops in the soft blue room and it brings a little brightness in with our white curtains. The main problem is that it was leaning against our sad tan headboard. Whomp whomp… and the headboard was bringing the whole thing down. Originally the headboard was wooden with some metal vine detailing and matched a set that Hubby had once upon a time. I recovered it years ago in an effort to freshen it up but once again it is looking more drab than fab. Have a look-see.

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For quite a while I have been badgering Hubby to come with me to the fabric store and choose something so I can recover the headboard. I was banned from independent fabric purchasing trips after I bought “Dr. Seuss” fabric as a potential option for the headboard way back when. I also knew that I couldn’t buy several options, bring them home to choose and then return anything he didn’t like. After begging for him to join me on a fabric store field trip for the last six months I finally decided I was on my own. After being discouraged by the prices of upholstery fabric I felt like there was no hope. This couldn’t be a $200 project. On my last few trips to Target I had been eyeing some great Ikat, geometric, medallion and lattice style curtains and shower curtains. I so badly wished we needed curtains somewhere in the house because the patterns were so gorgeous. Boom! It hit me. I bet I could use a curtain panel or shower curtain to recover the headboard. I enlisted Molly to help me choose one on the next Target run. She often brings me down to reality after I’ve spent an imaginary fortune on a risky design decision in my head. We chose thie blue Ikat lattice patterned shower curtain from the Threshold collection. The idea was that blue was masculine enough, the lattice as bold but still classic and the Ikat flare was cool. And it wasn’t floral (Hubby’s big deal breaker).We took a risk and hoped the royal blue wouldn’t totally kill the soft Glass Slipper (Benjamin Moore) blue walls. The shower curtain measurements were wide enough that we could use the pattern vertically (as if it were hanging as it was designed to) on my queen sized headboard. For a king I would recommend using a pattern you might like oriented horizontally so that the fabric can fit the width of the headboard.

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We hauled the headboard out of the master and set up shop in the family room. I wrinkle released and fluffed the curtain so that all the fold marks from being packed were gone. No, I don’t iron. Don’t get me started.

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In the photo below you can see the detail of the back of the original headboard design and the foam underneath that I had used to transform it the first time.We lined up the hem seam with the top edge of the board (below) so that the pattern would stay level and we wouldn’t risk having it slope in one direction after the staple-fest I was about the have. If it was a more random style print or a solid this wouldn’t really be a concern.

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Then the fabric was cut to size which was pretty much in half in this case. I took into consideration that we would rather have more fabric to staple than not enough.

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Stapling started across the top which was pretty easy and self-explanatory. I used a “gift wrap method” as shown below for the corners and trimmed out any excess fabric that gave the corner to much bulk because that would be too much to staple through and may look chunky from the other side.

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Less than 15 minutes later I was ooh-ing and ahh-ing at this bad boy. I think this may be the best $20 I ever spent.

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Ta-da! Hubby returned home from an all day soccer tournament to see this glorious masterpiece. At first he was a little taken by the boldness and was surprised (since I had promised not to visit a fabric store). A day later he was telling me how much he liked it and the it was growing on him. I think it looks crisp and definitely more expensive than it is. Victory!

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Now for art above the bed… hmmm…

Projects Elsewhere Part Two: Jack

Ah, part two. If you’re just tuning in, this is the second of three bedrooms my sister and I organized and redesigned. You can read more background info here. This is Jack’s room. He is quite the sports fanatic including Cincinnati Red’s fan, UC Bearcats fan, water skiing champ (he’s only 6 but he had metals and trophies for water skiing!) and I’m sure more. His room needed an injection of sports personality, room to play hotwheels, display his trophies and bobble heads and a big kid vibe.

A few befores:

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Built in shelves, blue and red bedding, blue gingham curtains, and a blue rug. The rug ended up finding a new home in Sam’s room. We loved his classic cream enameled bed!

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Jack just got a new dark dresser (LOVE!) so it was in the plans to stay. Those built in shelves were in another corner of his room too. He obviously used them but they could use some updating, right?

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Jack’s closet needed a little love too and we wanted him to be able to store some of his sports gear in there so Susie did some rearranging. And what’s that… more built ins? It was going to be hard parting with all of this storage space but we had another solution in mind.

We planned Jack’s room to be neutral, soft gray with a slight sports infusion. No baseballs painted on the wall or anything. We wanted him to be able to change it to something else if he decided he was more into legos or planes or something else in the coming years.

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We painted the walls a soft gray. Then we hung Jack’s water skiing plaques and got hooks for all of those metals! Jack also got the same Closetmaid Cubical storage unit as Sam. We turned it vertically so that it fit against the small wall (on the end of his closet) that faced the door when you first walk in. Red and tan fabric bins tied in his love for the Reds and stayed away from being “in your face theme.

 

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This picture is before the final curtain was hung and bed wasn’t pristinely made yet… excuse our mess. We turned his bed to the opposite corner it has been in and I think it gives a more spacious feel when you walk in. We swapped out the striped rug for another beige one that Jack’s sister had in her room. His bedding is gray and white stripes reminiscent of a pinstriped baseball uniform from Ikea. We also found great under the bed storage bins for all of Jack’s Hotwheels race tracks.

 

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For the curtains and square accent pillow I used red fabric paint to stamp the “baseball stitch” pattern. Tutorial to follow.

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We hung a 6ft Ikea LACK shelf above his dresser to display Jacks’ bobble heads, autographed balls and trophies. He also has a toy chest and some of his larger toys along the wall. In case you are trying to navigate where this is… this is the wall that his bed used to be against. Susie is obviously excited about that shelf… it was her first go at hanging them with me. I had hung a few in my kitchen and I’m decently confident in my drilling abilities. I think Susie found her love for power tools in this project. She willingly posed for this shot and I told her it would be on here.

 

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Pretty sweet sports display shelf! And later Jack can use it for nearly any thing else. I anchored it with 8 screws and anchors (#4 drywall ones I believe). The shelf itself only comes with the wall bracket and you need to buy your own screws based on where you are hanging it. I used the #4 drywall screws at the recommendation of my friends at Home Depot. I also found a stud for 2 of the screws to anchor into (highly recommended).

I heard that Jack LOVES his room and he keeps it organized and clean. Mom Heather is happy as well.