Greetings! I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! I can’t tell you how nice it was to take a few days off to just enjoy this beautiful season with the family. I did things I don’t often do, like sitting still. Ha! Some of you may be taking some well deserved time off this week, and truth be told, it’s going to be a slower week around here too.
However, I am very excited for what the New Year brings and I already have a few home improvement project in the works. One is a good friend’s master bath remodel, currently underway. I can’t wait to share the ‘Before’ and ‘After’ with you come January!
While reading some emails yesterday, I came across this question from Andrea:
“I have recently been working on my master bedroom and the last piece of the puzzle is a fabric headboard. My husband wants to just buy this one from West Elm for $449, but I like to do things myself for much less money!
Here are my questions: 1) How do you know how wide/tall to have the plywood cut? 2) I am willing to spend more on fabric since I’m doing it myself, so what texture do you think will hold up/look the most expensive? I like the natural fiber look but I also want it to be comfy! 3) Did you mark where the nailheads go before starting them, or did you just follow a straight line as you went along?” ~ Andrea Larson from LoveLifeLarson blog
Andrea, I love upholstered headboards with nailhead trim, so much so I had to have one of my own for my master bedroom. I made another version earlier in 2009, but then later tweaked the design and replaced the fabric. I did manage to reuse the same nailhead trim with this newer version by oh-so-carefully removing it from the original.
Making an upholstered headboard for your own room, your child’s room, or a guest room is one of the easiest projects you can tackle, and you can certainly achieve the West Elm ‘Look for Less’ in an afternoon.
You savvy readers and DIYers know there are quite a few tutorials online for this project. Here (finally!) is my own version, and how I made this headboard with nailhead trim for my master bedroom earlier this year.