Monday, August 13, 2012

Time for Something Pretty

Now as much as I love installing windows, repairing drywall and sweeping up sawdust, after 2 months of nonstop heavy lifting, I needed a chance to do something different.....something pretty.  So I took a little time off over the last couple of weekends to create a padded headboard for the master bedroom.  It was a quick, easy project - with a total time investment of less than 3 hours.  Now I can't wait until the room is ready for it.

Here's the approach:

We took a scrap piece of plywood and cut it to size - in our case, we have 48 inches of headroom on the wall, so that set our height dimension.  For width, we added 4 inches to a queen mattress (60 inches), so 64 inches wide.

We banded it with 2x4's to give it some strength and a thicker profile.  We'll add a layer of 2 inch foam to pad it up.

A quick squirt of spray adhesive bonds the foam to the headboard

Wrap the foam in quilt batting to give it softer edges

Helpful hint - use an electric stapler.  It goes much faster!

And if the staples don't go in all the way - give them a tap with your hammer.

Layout your fabric on the headboard using upholstery pins (a very useful investment!!)  This headboard only requires 3 seams, so it's simple sewing, but getting the layout right is a key step.

After sewing up the seams, press them open and pin the finished piece back on the headboard with the upholstery pins.  Start stapling opposite sides to get even seams.

Finally, pad and cover the 2x4 legs for a more finished look.  And here's the finished product!!

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  1. Beautiful !!!!
    Love the simplicity and the colors. Can't wait to see the completed room.

    1. Great to hear from you Vanessa! Aren't the colors great? And I love the punch of watery blue!

  2. Pure gorgeousness!

    1. Thanks so much Denise. We're finally getting to some of the fun stuff!

  3. Love the color and pattern of the fabric you chose! It will really set the room off. I like that you seamed the sides instead of just pulling back. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – you helped make the party a success!


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