It’s been a while since we’ve had time to work on our master bedroom makeover (let alone share any of it with you), but we were finally able to tackle one of our biggest (and most exciting) projects– our DIY upholstered headboard. We were inspired by this gorgeous headboard by tenth avenue south. I love the warm neutral tones of the canvas and the soft curves of the back.
We followed tenth avenue’s design fairly closely, but we switched up the plywood for 1/2″ MDF on the frame of the headboard because all of the 1/2″ ply at Home Depot was as wonky as a wave pool in an earthquake. The cost between the two was similar and the MDF was FLAT. I cut our template from a brown paper bag, just eyeballing it until I came up with curves that I liked.
Using a black Sharpie, we traced the curves onto the MDF and cut it out using a jig saw.
We were cheered on in our efforts by our enthusiastic (though drooling) studio audience.
We were able to get all of the necessary pieces out of a single piece of MDF (although it took some serious calculating and finagling and we only have a few scraps left). As tenth avenue suggested, we cut extra pieces to double up all of the edges as well as the legs. We attached them using 3/4″ particle board screws.
Next, we cut 2″ foam (scored 1/2 price from Joann’s) to fit the headboard. None of the foam was large enough to cover the entire headboard (which was 5’x4′-ish), so we piecemealed it, labeling each piece before attaching them with some wicked strong spray glue. As always, we had our feline supervisor there to make sure we stayed on track.
Finally, we upholstered that sucker. We had originally planned on using a drop cloth (we even bought one), but after getting it out of the package we weren’t happy with it’s gray, dingy color (you can see it above under the headboard). Instead, we bought two yards of natural duck canvas from Joann’s (also 50% off). We used a single layer of batting and 8mm staples in our handy dandy staple gun.
This is where the pictures get skinny. I’m not going to sugarcoat it; upholstering this guy was a pain in the derriere. The legs were challenging and the curves, well, let’s just say we pulled out more staples than we put in. And because we were so consumed with fighting it, we didn’t take
many any pictures of the actual stapling process. Yeah, we’re bad bloggers. I did snap this photo with my iPhone and send it to my mom.
And to make bad bloggers worse, I don’t have a good pic of the finished product. You’ll just have to live with this instagram photo I took on Sunday. And yes, that’s a sippy cup on my nightstand. And yes, it’s for me. I tend to flail around at night and knock glasses off the table. Cleaning up glass in the middle of the night = grumpy Jess in the morning. Oh, and I haven’t made pillows for the bed yet, so don’t judge the I-only-pulled-the-covers-up-for-this-photo look.
So there you have it. Our finished (or almost finished) DIY upholstered headboard. I have to admit I’m loving it. It’s comfy to lead up against and really brings some warmth to the icy blue walls. I can’t wait to tackle some pillows and curtains for this room.
What projects did you complete this weekend?