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.
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.
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.)