Monday, July 18, 2011

i made a headboard!

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i've been wanting to try my hand at building a headboard for a long time now, and this past week, i finally got around to it. and yes, apparently i'm redecorating my bedroom - when inspiration strikes, i get crazy.

first, i had a piece of large MDF cut down for me at lowe's. i had the rectangular elements sized at the store (much easier!),then when i came home, i knew i'd have to do the details with my saw.

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i drew out a template for the design i wanted. i traced it on with a sharpie, then i took it to the other side of the headboard, flipped it over, and traced again. that way they're both even.

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next, i just sawed out the shapes with my skil saw.

i used an "egg crate" foam bed cover from walmart for my padding (rather than upholstery foam, which is much more expensive). it was only about $15 - i used a twin sized one.

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i stapled it all down with lots of staples, being sure to pull tight to get a more professional look.

i bought a twin size sheet to use as my "fabric", too. it's just sometimes much more inexpensive to think outside the box when it comes to materials. sheets bought at discount stores are much cheaper than buying fabric by the yard, and usually the patterns are pretty cute! in this case, i just wanted a simple tan, so i knew it'd be easy to find.

here is what the headboard looked like before i hung it on the wall:

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i attached two D-brackets to the back to hang it on my wall.

and voila!

it was truly VERY easy. the thing that took the longest was hanging it on the wall. hah!

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it's so nice to have something soft to lean our heads on, rather than the wall!

and yes, i've done a lot more in my room, too. i'll share details on those things later in the week.

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you may have noticed this little dude lounging on the bed. he looks like he's been laying here for hours, and that i am really interrupting him for my little photoshoot. in actuality, he ran upstairs as soon as i began the photoshoot, and managed to get into "lazy cat" character pretty fast. what a little showboat.

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all in all, i'm very happy!

14 comments:

  1. Looks fantastic! I love the shape and it really looks wonderful with the colors in your room!

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  2. Very cute. Love those grey & white pillows. and love that the cat always has to be in the pics :)

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  3. It's beautiful! I've been wanting to make one for our guest room for a LONG time but just haven't gotten around to it. I'm glad to hear you say that it was easy.

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  4. Love it...homemade headboards usually look homemade (which isn't usually a bad thing) but, in your case, this looks like you dropped some serious cash.

    You make me want to purchase a saw. Ha! :)

    Sara

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  5. That looks really great! And I have to admit, I was a huge fan of the pattern on the wall, but the blue and tan is so much more airy. Plus, the mirrored tables are fabtanstic!

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  6. Amazing (as always)!
    I'm super crazy about the black and white artwork on the wall too.

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  7. Wow, you did an amazing job! You are genius using a egg crate foam and a sheet. You would never guess, it looks awesome!

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  8. Looks great! The kitty is a nice accessory too :)

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  9. This looks awesome! I've been waivering on buying one and now you've given me the confidence to try my hand at if first. Thanks!

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  10. sara- you should definitely purchase a saw! they're pretty handy! and incredibly easy to use.

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  11. That headboard is amazing ! Love it !

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  12. Looks great! I want something more serene for my bedroom too....can you give us deets on your bedding?

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  13. cassie - the bedding is from pottery barn...(comforter and euro shames). the two toss pillows in front were from marshalls or tj maxx about a year ago...

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  14. I love this!! How big is your mdf?? For king or queen?? I've always wanted to make one, but never have!

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