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What a busy, busy summer! Photo sessions, the kiddos, weddings, and of course, my new infatuation with DIY projects.
As some of you might know, I am in the middle of a bedroom renovation brought on by my husband’s Kijiji obsession (read the full post here). What started as “oh- I should totally buy that for a photo prop!” has turned into a full blown bedroom renovation to create A)A gorgeous space for boudoir photography and B)A little oasis away from the craziness that is my life 99% of the time. In the first part of this project, we covered the tables. Today’s post is all about the headboard… and it’s going to be a long one.
Oh the headboard. The most lovely piece of furniture ever to come through my bedroom door.
I was totally in love with this set in pink- but after we decided *coughIdecidedcough* to keep it full time in our master bedroom and Graham didn’t want to sleep in a wedding cake… there had to be some changes made.
My friend Jan, who conveniently runs The Painted Crate here in town, and I put our thinking caps on, and decided we could totally do this ourselves. The re-covering of the headboard & benches by a professional was going to run me about $800-1000 at least, and a vacation with drinks and little umbrellas is higher on the priority list than doing a headboard.
After trying to find a video on YouTube on how to recover a headboard with no luck- we decided to make our own. It’s going to follow soon with its own post- but I also wanted to document the transformation with still photography. After all, that IS what I do.
I love the detailing in this piece- so gorgeous. It was in excellent condition, minus a bit of minor staining. We tossed the option of painting the fabric back and forth before I decided that no, we couldn’t paint it- it wouldn’t have the same lustre and feel. Our only other option was to figure things out as we went. I sort of felt like one of those kids who takes all of their toys apart in order to see how they work. I just hoped we could put things back together. On most tufted headboards, the buttons are sewn through the back of the headboard to create the tuft. Holes are drilled into the board, and a thick layer of foam is applied over the board. When the buttons are pulled tight it creates that gorgeous, tufted effect. We looked at the back of my headboard. NO holes. We looked at the buttons on the front- and then I pried one out- it was an upholstery nail! Hooray!
We quickly got to work gently prying the nails out of the headboard with finishing hammers. The fabric was stapled directly to the board underneath. I’m not one to re-create the wheel… so we decided to do things the MacGyver way- Swiss Army Knife and all.
Just a note- after we got all 179 of the nails out of the headboard…………… (yes, 179) I found a mini crowbar- I wish we would have had it for all of these buttons. I am currently using it on the benches and it is WAAAAAAAAAY easier- so if you can get one of those for this sort of project… do it.
Anyway- I was so in love with the French Linen Annie Sloan Chalk Paint that I thought it would be awesome to be able to incorporate that colour into the headboard. It is a VERY tough colour to match- but after bringing one of the drawers from the bedside tables, I found some gorgeous upholstery fabric at Fabric Land that complimented it very nicely. The best part? It was regularly $18/metre- on sale in the bargain bin for $3/metre. UNBELIEVABLE! *insert happy dance here*
We decided to paint all of the buttons and the cording on the headboard with the French Linen chalk paint to tie everything together in a neat little bow. We stuck them in one of my old reflectors to make them easier to paint. Who knew that styrofoam would be the best reflector ever? Not the point.
After we painted the buttons and the cording, we got to work on painting the trim around the headboard. We used Pure White by Annie Sloan, the same as on my night tables. I love the two colours together!!
Even just that little bit of paint on the trim made the headboard start to pop, and with excitement in our hearts and our brushes we gave it two coats and created a plan of attack for the rest of the project.
Since the fabric was stapled to the headboard, we thought it would be the easiest to staple MY fabric on top of the pink fabric. After some experimentation, we quickly realized that it wasn’t going to work. The staples kept peeking out from behind the buttons and it was driving me insane. We sat there, Jan & I, stumped- drinking coffee. LOTS of coffee. I wished we could just STICK it on there…. EUREKA!
We grabbed the hot glue gun and got to work. The method was simple- put a tiny dab of hot glue in the hole in the fabric, stick my fabric down, take the repainted nail, hammer it into the headboard. Wash, rinse, repeat.
It went SUPER quick- which is awesome because I am not a patient person and this project immediately appealed to my need for instant gratification. Before long, it was starting to take shape and Jan and I were jumping up and down.
ok… I’ll admit it. That could also partly be the coffee.
It was looking amazing!!
When we got to the edges, we stapled the fabric down and then cut off all of the excess, leaving only 2.5 inches of fabric hanging over the frame.Then I started on the cording edges by rolling the remaining fabric and tacking it down with hot glue.
After the edges were secured, I dabbed a bit more glue over the rolled edges, and then stuck the cording down around the frame. The French Linen colour was just SLIGHTLY darker than the fabric, and was a lovely contrast between the stark white of the frame and the smooth fabric.
This is one of the most fun projects I’ve ever done. SO Fast, and what a huge difference between the pink and our new lovely French Linen and White! As my grandma, who is one of the smartest people I know said, “It’s gone from an over the top Marilyn Monroe to an elegant Grace Kelly.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself!!
I can’t wait to show you all what it looks like all put together. There are two more parts to the makeover- the dresser, the two benches, and then of course the entire redecoration and repaint of the bedroom.
Whoops… guess I should let Graham know we are repainting.
Thanks for reading!! HUGE thanks to Jan who is my project BFF and also so much fun to hang out with- and always game for me to just show up at the shop with big dreams, coffee, and projects for us to laugh over and work on. I’m glad she’s so cool. Go into her shop and hang out- it’s the best little place to meet interesting people. She likes lattes with honey, in case you want to bring her treats ;)