Headboard Bored | DIY Headboard Project

You may recall us mentioning our headboard and some changes we were making in our bedroom. Things are really coming together and the hardest part is over – picking out all the pieces and coordinating the headboard fabric with the rest of the look.

In our old bedroom, we had black accents, so naturally, we went with black headboards. The fabric we used was nice because it was sort of like a quilt, giving the headboard that pillow-y look and feel. It made a lot of sense at the time, but since then, we’ve become bored by this – headboard bored. We wanted to lighten and brighten in our new space, so it was time to ditch the dark colors.

I really wanted to be able to play with a pop of color and the style of the headboard in our new bedroom. With subdued aqua-colored bedding and light white curtains with an added pop of silver, I was sure to do just that. Here is what we picked:

Headboard fabric for DIY project

We wanted something that looked more like a painting or a landscape as opposed to just a pattern like dots or stripes. I think this fabric does a great job of that. You may be surprised to hear that this fabric actually comes from a shower curtain! Yes – we I spent A LOT of time looking at fabrics, so when the standard fabric stores just weren’t going to cut it, I had to get resourceful. As it turns out, shower curtains are PERFECT for this project.

Follow my DIY directions here for creating your very own fabric headboard!

DIY Headboard Project

You will need:

    • 2 standard, blank canvases
    • Fabric of your choice
    • Staple gun (a simple crafting gun is more than enough)
    • Zero patience because this is just so easy! :-)
  1. Buy some blank canvases from your local arts and crafts stores. Michaels or A.C. Moore will do the trick. They are pretty inexpensive, especially if you can catch a sale.
  2. Measure your canvases. Jot down the dimensions before heading to step 3 below.
  3. Find your fabric! This sounds like the easy part, but it’s really the hardest (see above). Make sure if you are ordering fabric by the yard you get the proper size with a little extra to spare. Keep in mind that you’re going to be wrapping about 2 inches of fabric around the back of the canvas on all sides to secure it with staples later in the project. Measure twice, cut once! If you find yourself buying a shower curtain for this project like we did, just one will do! It’s the perfect amount of fabric for the size typical queen-sized headboard.
  4. Cut your fabric. I just laid the shower curtain on the floor, placed both canvases on top of it and that gave me a rough idea for where to cut. Cut two pieces, again, keeping in mind that you will be wrapping the fabric around the edges of the canvas on all sides.
    Cutting fabric for DIY headboard project
  5. Start with one canvas at a time. Place the canvas on top of the fabric so the printed side of your fabric will be wrapped around the front of the canvas.
    Preparing your DIY headboard
  6. Start with one side – any side – and start wrapping the fabric around the edge of the canvas, pulling it as tight as you can.
  7. Get stapling! Staple all the way across the edge so the fabric will be secure. No need to overdo it.
    Stapling DIY headboard
  8. Move onto the next side, giving the fabric a nice tuck and fold around the corner of the canvas. Now you want to start keeping everything very tight. This way, the fabric will be flush around the front of the canvas. Keep stapling all the way around and continue in this way for the remaining sides of the canvas.
  9. It’s a lot like wrapping a present! When you get to the last side, you’ll just want to be sure you’re pulling everything tight and sealing off that final edge.

Wrapping fabric for a DIY headboardThat’s it! Repeat steps 5 through 9 again on your second canvas. Then you’re all set to hang them!

We place ours on the wall behind our bed so that the bottom of the canvases is lined up with the top edge of the mattress. This gives the illusion that this headboard is part of the bed and not part of the wall. We use a nail at the top of each canvas, then we use those Command Velcro strips to secure the headboards even more. This way, when you’re resting with your pillow on them, they don’t shift around or fall off the wall.

It’s really that easy. What do you think?

DIY headboard completionFinal product after DIY headboard project

Hanging a DIY headboard

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It’s Curtains for Us!

Despite our lack of posts lately, no this is not a call for canceling the blog. We have just literally been up to our eye balls in curtains lately!

You may recall my post about some changes we’ve been making around the house, namely in our bedroom. We are doing a slight re-design of our old style. I mentioned in my last post, we had a funky black and neon green/yellow-colored duvet with black headboards and black curtains. This all went with the gray or metal-colored walls we chose for our old house.

In the new house, we’re lightening everything up! We chose our new bedding from West Elm. It’s a light aqua color. ( Pardon the not-so-fancy cell phone snaps…only way I was going to get this post out the door :-) )

West Elm Bedding West Elm BeddingAnd, after much debate and many curtain purchases, we finally settled on a winner!

Bedding from West ElmNate Berkus for Target Curtains Nate Berkus for Target CurtainsWe went through several curtains – some from our basement that were leftover from previous place and most others from Target. The nice thing is, we can order plenty of things from Target online and easily return them to our local store. Thus, we tend to order mass quantities of things, see if they make sense in our space, narrow it down and return all the losers to the store. That’s exactly what we did with these curtains.

We have a bit of an awkward window situation in the bedroom. We now have central A/C (thank all things that are good!), but the vent is on the wall in this room. We could have gone with floor-length curtains, but the curtains would be swaying about as the air blows. So, we went with our tried and true clip ring method!

Hanging curtains with clip ringsSeriously, never worry about length, type or style when curtain shopping! Just go with the colors, prints and patterns you like, decide on the texture and how much light you’re looking to block/not block and buy clip rings. Here is my easy, alteration-free curtain picking policy:

#1 – Length does not matter! You can easily fold down the top of the curtain to your desired length and clip the rings along the top for a quickie alteration!

#2 – With clip rings, opening and closing curtains is a breeze! They slide very well on your curtain rod. No annoying pocket rod situations with curtains that don’t easily open and shut. This is especially important in the bedroom where you are constantly opening and shutting curtains. At least we are (is that normal)? Anyway…

#3 – Hardware, don’t care. I tend to love hardware. The look of the clip rings is definitely a look I’m going for. Modern, clean, functional, styling, a bit industrial yet charmingly classic; they are an ideal match for our style!

Almost completed bedroom DIYSo that’s why we’ve been up to our eye balls in curtains lately. Up next is our headboard restyle. We’re going from dark and boring to light, bright and (hopefully) colorful! The headboard may even involve some curtains too, believe it or not! Keep with us to find out just what I’m talking about in my next follow up post!

This and That

Long time no post! Summer has been dragging us in many different directions; it’s wedding season, time to hit the beach and just so hectic in general. We can’t slow down! However, we have a few mini projects on the horizon around the house..

We have this delightful little corner at the end of our kitchen cabinets, right before the entryway to the house and around the bend is the hallway. The previous owner had a huge fish tank that fit perfectly in this space. Nothing against fish, but I was looking for a much better use of this little space!

I just have a quick after photo, but check out what we’ve done here:

DIY and home improvement style

  1. This shelf holds a bit of history for us (and some knickknacks of course). It was an ugly brown shelf once – in our old house – when our mantra was “down with brown”. We painted it white and then brought it with us to the new place.
  2. The stool was a quick Target purchase. We’re using it as a spot to place our bags, but it could easily double as a seat when entertaining several guests.
  3. The basket also came from Target (love that place)! You can never have too much storage, especially stylish storage!

I think all that’s missing from this little corner now is a few hooks. I could see a few specialty hooks right below the shelf. Even if they go unused, they would at least be artsy and fun to look at. We’ll see what we can find!

We also have a bit of a bedroom re-style going on. Here’s a snap of our old bedroom setup/style for reference:

Our remodeled bedroom

We know we want to re-do our “headboards” (not pictured above, but they are currently just plain black), get some new curtains and a new duvet + pillow cases. We started with the easy part – the new bedding. We loved our old bedding, but it just doesn’t go quite right with our beloved Wavescrest. So, we opted for a lighter-hued subtle print from West Elm:

West Elm BeddingMy thought process here is to keep everything light and airy. My plan for the curtains is similar and my idea for re-doing the headboards is to switch out the black that went with the old style, to something big, bright, bold and floral. I want to keep the patterns and colors within the bedding and curtains subtle so I can really play with the headboards, but I don’t want to go all drab either. We’ve been impulse buying tons of curtains, trying them out and returning them. I have a few on the way – hopefully one will be a winner!

Check back for my next post to see what we ended up with for our bedroom curtains!