Thursday, May 16, 2013

DIY Headboard

Follow the steps below and I guarantee that you will have a headboard to rest your busy little head on. Maybe not tonight. Maybe not tomorrow night. Maybe not for a couple nights. But I promise that you will eventually have a headboard or something that resembles a headboard, depending on how good you are at reading directions/how good my directions are. If your anything like us, we only work on DIY projects when it's fun, and once it no longer becomes fun, we take mimosa breaks. Then, once we are out of mimosas, we start back up, and magically, it is fun again. here we go...


1. We headed over to our local Lowes to purchase the supplies.





2. I drew out the arc for the corners of the headboard. Desperate times call for desperate measures so I used my marble table top to create the arc of my dreams.








3. The arch was cut out with a jig saw.






4. I then used the cut out corner as a template to cut the corners of the plywood.






5. We then clamped the corner piece to the plywood and attach it with screws




6. Next, we attached our 5" "legs" to the plywood.





7. Once we completed the "frame" of the headboard, I placed the foam inside the "frame" and made cuts and adjustments where needed. I was working with some scrap pieces, so you can see how I made adjustments to make it work. It is going to be covered with batting, so as long as there is no gaps between the pieces, the seems won't be visable.






8. I then used spray adhesive to adhere the foam to the plywood. And then used the spray adhevise again to attach the batting to the foam/wood frame.







9. Follow the instructions on the back of your spray adhesive and make sure to smooth out any bumps on the batting.




10. Ugh. I knew I didn't get all the steps in pictures! Sorry! The next step consisted of wrapping the fabric and batting taute and stapling it to the back of the plywood. It really was a two man job. My husband was the stapler and I was the wrapper. 



11. Nailheads. I'm not going to lie to you. This was the most challenging part. To begin, I created a straight line to follow. At first I used chalk and a ruler to make a straight line, but the line was so thick that the nailheads weren't lining up as straight as they need to be. I found that painters tape is the best option. 








12. Using the quick nailhead tool for precise spacing, I would place the point of the nailhead on the edge of the painters tape. I would then pull away the nailhead tool and use my tumb to press the nailhead into the wood about 1/4 of the way. I would then use then use the tack hammer to hammer it in about 3/4 of the way.





13. Once I had a good amount of nailheads done, I would remove the tape as I hammered the nailheads all the way in. You could wait until you have a full row done, but I'm impatient.





So I basically found it impossible to get the nailheads perfectly straight. I did the best I could and it's hard to tell that they aren't perfectly aligned from far away.






14. The finished product! Bingo bango bongo. (have I mentioned that I absolutely hate the color of the walls in this photo? Yuck, I promise it's not yellow in real life.)








21 comments:

  1. This looks awesome! Thanks for the step by step I am going to try and get my husband to make us one. May I ask total how much it cost to make?

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    1. Hi @heelsinthemud!

      I think the total cost for the headboard was around $150 dollars. That included the fabric ($60 for four yards), foam ($25), nailheads ($10), wood ($50) and misc. goods like staples and spray adhesive. I didn't have to buy a staple gun, tack hammer, or battin (my Mom had some extra). Good luck and please email me @ caseymariemason@outlook.com if you have any other questions. I had never done it before so it was somewhat of a learning process for me, so I would love to help you out if you run across any road blocks. Happy DIY-ing!

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  2. Did you attach the headboard to the bed frame or just lean it against the wall?

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    1. Hi Jill!

      It is currently leaning agains the wall. Which is probably not the safest thing, but it seems to be pretty sturdy for now. I will eventually attach it to the wall. Thanks!

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  4. Just love this! Think I will try this for our guest bedroom. Thank you for posting such clear instructions.

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you like it :) Please feel free to email me with any questions while you're doing the project! caseymariemason@outlook.com

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  5. I love the headboard! I just need to muster up the courage to tackle that project myself...

    Where did you get those chevron pillows? I'm in LOVE!!!

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    1. Thanks! You should definitely go for it! It's a challenge, but I am very happy with the end result.

      I actually made the pillows, so they can't be purchased anywhere. The fabric is Martyn Lawrence Bullard.

      Please feel free to email me if you decide to start the project and have any questions: caseymariemason@outlook.com

      xxoo

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  6. This may be a dumb question but I am not sure how you cut a 48"x96" piece of plywood into 98x65...seems it would need to be a bigger piece to begin with??

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    2. Sorry, the supplies list is really small and pretty pixilated (my bad!), but if you are able to scroll in you will see that it was cut from 48x96 to 48x65. So I kept the 4' height and cut the width down to 65", so there is a 2-1/2" over hang on either side of the queen bed. I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions. Thanks for stopping by Brass Jones!

      xxoo

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  7. I was wonder where did you buy the nail head tool for spacing? I bought all my supplies and going to attempt my headboard next weekend.

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    1. Hi!

      You can find the quick nailer here:

      http://www.diyupholsterysupply.com/777/quick-nailer.html

      Good luck! Let me know if you have any questions!

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  8. Is there any chance that you would make and ship one of these for a price? I am looking to have two twin headboards made, and the navy one that you did is EXACTLY what I'm looking for!! I love the fabric, lines, nailheads, everything! If you are willing to do it, how much would it be for each? Thanks so much! :)))

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  9. Hi M Lane!

    I have had friends and readers ask me the same question in the past, and after doing it for a friend, I figured that for the hours that are required for this project, it is much more cost effective for you to purchase one online. It takes me about 30 hours and if I asked $25 an hour... well, you see where I'm going. And that doesn't include materials, fabric and shipping. I'm just not efficient enough at making headboards for it to be worth it for the consumer or myself. But, I found this one online for you (http://www.wayfair.com/Skyline-Furniture-Nail-Button-Upholstered-Headboard-SKY1730.html) for $250. And I'm sure there are more to be found. Also, I work as an Interior Designer by day, so if you are interested in having one custom made I have a furniture vendor who can do that for you. For a twin headboard you are looking around $350 plus fabric. If you are interested in going that route you can email me at caseymariemason@outlook.com. I hope this all makes sense! Thank you!

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  10. Thanks so much for all the help and info, I appreciate it! :)

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