Sunday, July 3, 2011

Project #1

When I was in North Carolina I, along with mucho helpo, decided to take on some pretty hefty DIY projects so that I could a) make our NY apt just how we wanted it and b) save money : )
The first of these project was to make a custom upholstered headboard.
Let me preface by saying that I am seriously like the least crafty person out there.
I made a pillow case once in 7th grade for a mandatory home ec class and that pretty much covers my craft experience.
SO I'm not sure what possessed me to think I could accomplish these sorts of things, but like I said I had an army of helpers that made it easy as pie ; )
I got the tutorial for this project here.

My brother-in-law designs furniture for a living so he cut the 4X8 piece of plywood into the shape I wanted with a big saw connected to his computer.
Then I took the plywood to a fabric store and they cut a large piece of foam to fit the shape of the headboard.
I then glued the foam onto the wood with a spray adhesive.
Then I laid the wood face down and stapled batting across the whole thing to smooth the edges like so:

Next I laid the wood face down onto the fabric I chose and began stapling that as well.

This was the tricky part...making the design of the fabric straight.
Proof I helped:

Here's the rundown:
Wood: 20 bucks
Foam: 40 bucks (I hear you can get cheaper online)
Batting: 7 bucks
Fabric: 82 bucks (obvi you could get cheaper fabric)
Total: about 150

May seem like a lot for a DIY project but I haven't seen this type of headboard anywhere for under 500 bucks.

And HERE's what it looks like in our tiny new room!!!!!

The headboard was MUCH easier than I thought it would be.
DO it.


  1. looks INCREDIBLE. go girl, go.

  2. Wow that's an awesome headboard! Both you and Maren are gettin' crafty lately! :) Makes me smile!

  3. It looks so good! And I love the b pillow. We should face time this week and u can show me around the rest of ur pad. Lylas

  4. so proud of you, coming from another non-crafter!! also, um u look different....

  5. I think I'm going to copy this someday when we move permanently. It turned out great!!

  6. your room looks so lovely and fresh. I love it!

  7. So cute! Look at you miss crafty! Hope you are having fun out there!! Tell Tyler you have to come back in 6 months for a teeth cleaning.. mandatory or teeth will fall out. Promise. Miss you guys! Whoopss. This is Alexa-I'm on my moms e-mail :)

  8. Good job!! We did a DIY headboard, too - but kept the design super know, a rectangle. hah!