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!

A Room of a Different Color

We’ve already talked a lot about painting in house #2, especially since that’s what we have been doing non-stop since we got the keys. We told you all about our love for using National Trust for Historic Preservation colors from Valspar and what the heck a “Hotel St. Francis Clay Angel” is, but we still just have so much to say about paint!

In our last house, we painted cabinets, doors, ceilings, trim, walls, tiles…you name it, we painted it! You can read about all these projects here:

Painting Walls
Painting Ceilings
Painting Kitchen Cabinets
Painting Doors
Painting Trim

Needless to say, we had a lot of leftover paint from our first house, so, naturally, we wanted to bring it along with us in case we found a need/want for it in house #2. We are definitely glad we did because there are a few colors we re-used in the new place!

Valspar’s Wave’s Crest

You may recall, we had 2 bedrooms in house #1. At first, we used the 2nd bedroom as an office. We originally painted this room a bright yellow color and quickly realized it was just too much. Then we started our subtle revolution! That’s when we fell in love with Wave’s Crest. We ended up revamping the office and turning it into more of a guest space, added some new, sophisticated bamboo blinds, a futon and the calming touch of Wave’s Crest.

Wave's Crest Office

We loved Wave’s Crest so much, we decided to bring this color into our master bedroom at the new house. This color is so interesting! In house #1, it really looked like a very light, blue-ish gray or slate color. In house #2, it looks almost minty green! Perhaps it has to do with the color of the floors. In house #1, the floors were darker and in house #2 they are more of a light maple color. Either way, we found this to be quite fascinating. I didn’t think I could love Wave’s Crest more, but I think I do now. 😉

Master Wave's Crest

Valspar’s Vanilla Steam

In house #1, we used Vanilla Steam when we painted our kitchen. We painted the kitchen tiles with our favorite go-to white color, Du Jour, and used Vanilla Steam to paint the walls above the tiles. This color is somewhat of a greige (gray-beige). However, it can pull a slight pinkish hue, depending on the light.

Final Painted Kitchen and Tile

In house #2, we used Vanilla Steam in our dining room. There is so much light in this new house (which we’re really excited about!), so Vanilla Steam is perfect here. It does give off that almost pinkish hue, but I think overall, it flows very nicely with the rest of the colors in the house so far!

Dining Room Vanilla Steam

Behr’s Fresh Day

This is a bathroom color, through and through! We used Fresh Day in the bathroom of house #1 and we used it again here in house #2. The serene feeling of a blue hue in the bathroom is calming and, well, clean! The before and after going from the previous owner’s green color to this lovely light blue is dramatic! It makes the mirrors and cabinets look completely different and we love it!

Bathroom before and after

Valspar Fresh Day

We like to be adventurous, but we learned (the hard way) that if you’re too adventurous you end up with bad color flow from room to room. That’s why this time around, we opted to go for clean, subtle hues that were true to the classic, beach-y Cape Cod style of this house. We branched out with new-to-us colors like the sandy-hued Hotel St. Francis Clay Angel for the main living spaces in the house, as well as La Fonda Ecru, used in our small spare room. All in all, every color we are using in this house is true to the era, true to the home, and truly our style.