Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mostest Awesomeness Headboard….Maybe

Hi, I’m CLB and I have been living without a headboard for 6 months now.

(insert the Awwww’s and shameful look HERE.)

I’ve wanted a headboard like this


But didn’t want to pay a BAZILLION dollars for it! So what is a girl to do… DIY it!

I headed to the lumber store with two males of the engineering sort in tow, BIG MISTAKE. People, if you want to be out of the store in less than 5 hrs, (full of structural debate) I suggest going alone.

There I picked up this board for around $6 for a 4X8 sheet and had the nice people cut it down to the width of my mattress and then in half (to fit in my car)IMG_2991sig

Once home I put the two sheets together with 5 (3 on the back, 2 on the front) of these metal brackets


At this point the “inspector” will probably visit to make sure you’re doing things properly.


Inspector- “Ahh, I see you’re working on something here, is it for me?”


Inspector-“You just keep going, I think you might be doing it right”


Inspector-“Lets just go with this, if I put my head right here, every time you turn the screwdriver I get pet, It’s WIN WIN!”

It’s hard to go on after that but here we go.

I then measured and cut my molding. (By I, I mean one of the engineering sort I spoke of earlier)

IMG_2993sig Then measure around the edges for molding placement and adhere your foam with spray adhesive.



Then cover with batting.


Then cover with your material and staple around the edges.



THEN, discover the nails for the trim are just slightly too short and decide to take it into the room and hold it behind the bed to see how much you love it and instead………

burst into tears saying you hate it because the fabric that looked good in different light now C.L.E.A.R.L.Y has green and pink stripes that you HATE.


While I had hoped to have an awesome headboard to show, instead I have a bazillion staples to remove before putting on my new fabric and posting pictures. (This weekend!)


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Lacey said...

Can't wait to see the finished product!..

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

I'm loving this idea!! My hubby and I just got a king sized bed so we are without a headboard. There's been talk of him making one, but seeing as he's an engineer, I'm thinking it may take way too long to plan and make. I may take matters into my own hands. :)

Don't feel bad about the fabric. We painted our room last week with a color I picked out and after giving it a day I decided I hated the color. After picking out a new color and repainting, all is well.

Can't wait to see your final headboard!

N @ Cheap Like a Birdie said...

Yes, engineers tend to think every DIY project needs to be done in autocad first and it just takes too long for an impatient girl! Plus if you get the correct fabric the first time the headboard is really fast.

I've so been there with paint also!

I can't wait to finish and hopefully have final pictures I LOVE!

vintage vine said...

Great job!!! Visiting from Shabby Nest linky party. Love your blog!

Jane said...

Can't wait to see the finished product too. Right now my headboard is made of some cupboard doors I found on the curb and hacked into a headboard. I have been thinking of replacing it though and I would love something padded like this.

vintage vine said...

Ha Ha!!! Love your comment up hubby worked for Autocad,,but perfers Inventor!!! He is a engineer too!

N @ Cheap Like a Birdie said...

I'm convinced engineers don't make good (quick) DIY partners! : )

Lisa said...

Your cat is very curious about the world.