Thursday, September 27, 2012

DIY Headboard

I hope you didn't think this was going to turn into an "all about my pregnancy" blog!  There is still a lot going on in our world and most of it doesn't involve me being pregnant!!!

We have been in our new home for a little over 2 months and things have come together nicely!  There are still a few "big" things left to do but I promised myself I would take my time and find the perfect pieces!!!  With that being said....I had searched and searched and searched for the perfect tall upholstered headboard.  I even talked to a few companies about having something custom made.  I chose not to for 2 reasons.  #1 I refuse to pay $3k for a headboard...most quotes were between $2k and $3k...I know that I have expensive taste but holy college fund I am not that crazy!!!  Reason #2 I am impatient!  I want what I want and I wanted it yesterday!!!  Most people were quoting me an 8-12 week turnaround!  I just can't wait that long!

The greatest gift that the Navy has given me are some amazing girlfriends.  Specifically my girl Krystal...there isn't one thing that this girl can't do...move over Martha Stewart, Paula Deen, and Nate Berkus!  She can cook, DIY, decorate, restore furniture, draw up house plans, and anything and everything else in between!  If she ever moves close to me again you need to watch out because we are starting a business and taking over!!!

Krystal suggested I make my own headboard!!!  I didn't think I could do it but she gave us very detailed instructions, picked out my fabric for me (at a great price in NC) and sent me on my way!  Check it out...

Leif building the headboard

Looking good...
ironing the heck out of the fabric

Here it is...minus the nail heads

Where's Aiden?

We still need to add the decorative nail heads to the edges but I haven't really decided what type of finish I want so that will have to wait!  It will obviously look a little more "lively" with some nail heads but so far so good.  I am pretty pleased with how it turned's not perfect but I doubt anyone is going to come in and point out the flaws :-)  I will take a slight imperfection over an overpriced headboard any day!!!  The total cost to build this was under $500!  Now I need to find my next project....Aiden's big boy room, the new nursery, or the toy room???


  1. Glad you were able to do it! Looks great. Sorry I could not help.

  2. job well done! It looks great - the added touches will make it even greater :) the heck w/ paying those high prices. Your gifted and talented, you don't need to go beyond you and Leif.