My friend Christy moved into a new apartment about a month ago. She’s gotten all of the basic furnishing she needs but now it’s time for the fun part…adding layers and color.
We started the process a few weeks ago by recovering the chairs from the dining set handed down from her grandmother. Read more about that here.
Besides the dining room set, most of Christy’s furniture and decor is white or light colored. She wants to start adding pops of color to liven up the space, so we headed back to Mary Jo’s Fabric Store this weekend for an easy and affordable project I’ve been wanting to try for a long time.
A few Christmas’s ago, Christy’s parents gave her a beautiful bedding set from Pottery Barn. It’s the matine toile bedskirt and pillows in sprout along with the pearl embroidered duvet in thyme. So, she had the mattress, frame and bedding but no bed or headboard. We bought along pillows from her bedding on our trip to Mary Jo’s so we could find a coordinating fabric to make an upholstered headboard.
She purchased 3 yards of material, a sumptuous, yet affordable, green velour. She also bought 4 yards of 1 1/2 inch foam, queen size roll of batting and spray adhesive (to adhere the foam to the wood).
After leaving Mary Jo’s, she went to Lowe’s to have a piece of plywood cut for the headboard. We went with 58 inches wide by 38 inches tall. The plan was to use picture hangers screwed to the back of the plywood to hang the headboard on nails secured to studs in the wall over her bed.
The first step in our process was to hoist the massive piece of wood up a flight of stairs…ugh.
Next we rolled out the foam to determine placement. We’re planning to add nailhead trim about two inches from the edge of the perimeter so we wanted our foam about 2 inches from the top and sides. The bottom will be behind the bed and therefore doesn’t matter. We used spray adhesive on the wood to adhere the foam to the wood so that it wouldn’t slip out of place.
Next, we placed the batting over the foam, making sure to leave enough on each side to wrap around the board and staple.
Next, we placed the fabric over the batting and cut to the size of the batting. Did I mention this fabric is sumptuous?
After cutting our batting and fabric, we flipped everything over so the fabric was face down, then the batting, foam and finally the wood was on top. At this point, Christy pulled the fabric taut while I used the staple gun to staple the batting and fabric into the wood.
We stapled all four sides, making sure the fabric was tight. Here is the completed headboard (minus the nailhead trim).
You can see where the foam stands away from the headboard. The nailhead trim will go to the right of that line. We checked 5 stores and no local stores had the nailhead trim kit we were looking for. I finally found them online at Beacon Fabric where Christy ordered them. We’ll add the trim once they come in but we were too anxious to see what it would look like on the wall.
Speaking of hanging on the wall, this step was probably the most time consuming. I’m so glad Christy’s mom popped in for a visit because we really needed the third brain and hands.
We used a stud finder to located the studs over Christy’s bed (insert your jokes here). Once we found the studs, we (Christy and her mom) held the headboard up to the desired location and I marked the placement on the wall.
Next, we used a nifty little trick I found on Pinterest. We placed toothpaste on the wall where we marked the studs and then pressed the headboard against the wall so that the toothpaste would place a mark on the back of the headboard, telling us where I hangers should be screwed. (Note: Use a BIG dab of toothpaste for it to work).
After screwing the hangers into the back of the headboard, we nailed heavy duty picture hangers into the studs and hung the headboard.
Here is the before with with no headboard.
And here is the after.
I’ll provide an update and more pictures when we add the nailhead trim. This was an easy, affordable project that took less than 2 hours to complete. And for the cost breakdown…
- 4 yards foam: 4 X $8.49 = $33.96
- 3 yards of fabric: 3 X $8.98 = $26.94
- Queen Size batting = $13.99
- Spray Adhesive = $4.79
- 58inch X 38inch plywood = $11.84
- D Ring Picture Hangers = $ 2.58
- 100 lb Picture Hanger Nails = $ 1.18
- Nailhead trim (+shipping) = $28.00
- TOTAL Project Cost = $123.28 (+ tax)
Considering this Pottery Barn version costs $599 (not including tax and shipping), I’d say it was a worthwhile project.
Have you made an upholstered headboard before or thought about making one?