Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Upholstered headboard

Our tiny master bedroom is finally getting some much needed attention.  I think people tend to go one of two ways when it comes to decorating their personal space.  Either it's first to be finished so a sanctuary is created right off the bat or it's put on the back burner until other projects and rooms are complete.  Our room has always been on the back burner, until now.




We started out with a tall four poster traditional headboard and footboard that overwhelmed our small room.  But that wasn't the only reason we sold it on Craigslist.  Change was needed for a long time, like almost three years long. 




See that crazy bump out by the ceiling in the picture above?  Well, after we installed hardwood floors and were ready to put our bed back together it wouldn't fit.  The new floors were thicker than carpet and raised the bed just enough so the post on the north wall wouldn't fit!  We put the bed back together but didn't add the second half of the posts, it looked ridiculous and it was time for a change.  




I knew I wanted an upholstered headboard without a footboard for added visual space.  I started looking around for one but couldn't pull the trigger knowing we could make one ourselves for a fraction of the cost.  That's when I started doing a little DIY research and found a wonderful video tutorial done by Grace at Design Sponge.



Here is our new headboard taking shape....




Ready for the fun part, fabric! I went with linen.



I cannot take credit for getting the headboard done, it was just my design.  Mr. 65th started it and just kept on going until it was finished.  I told him what shape I wanted and picked up the fabric, batting and two inch foam.  After buying the foam and fabric on sale (the most expensive part of the project), we spent $120 for a queen size.  You can't beat that price!



The prints above the bed are actually pages from a book I talked about once before...Insects of Surinam by Maria Sibylla Merian. The tall and slender nightstands are antiques that were once part of a vanity. They were already separate when we found them years ago at a garage sale. We stripped, sanded and stained them back to life.




I want to thank Emily A. Clark for including me in her fun series called "Send Me A Picture"  Emily asked me and a group of bloggers to submit a picture for this month's topic and of course I said yes! This was the little push I needed to finally get these frames hung, they have been sitting in my closet for over a month!   Stop over and check it out.

Emily A. Clark

41 comments:

  1. it looks so beautiful! i love the artwork, love the headboard, and the very natural vibe!

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  2. So beautiful! Now I want to do this too. We recently stayed at a hotel in NYC and the room had a tall tufted fabric covered headboard. I want one!
    Your room looks lovely. I can't get enough of the calm neutrals. you are inspiring me to tackle my own bedroom. it's been half done for oh 14 years now :)

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  3. Saw the pictures over at Emily's. Love your new headboard, especially your fabric choice.

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  4. Great job on the headboard! I just saw something similar looking online somewhere and it was definitely more than $120.00. I'm thinking I might like to go the upholstered route for the bed in our guest room, but I'm still looking for a fairly inexpensive Queen size.

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  5. This headboard looks like a professional made it. Just gorgeous. You added some beautiful bedding along with it! Fabulous! So happy to stop by!
    Yvonne

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  6. Your headboard looks fabulous Londen! Also congrats on the feature on Emily's blog!

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  7. Awesome!! Our room is DEFINITELY on the back burner. It bothers me so much, but my vision entails an antique bed that doesn't exist (what with it needing to be a Cal King and all). Also, the hubby and I are in disagreement. I love the feel of your room and that upholstered headboard turned out really lovely!! I need you to come do my house.

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  8. Thanks for linking to my post and for participating :) Your bedroom is looking great!

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  9. Very pretty! I have always wanted an upholstered head board, they look so comfy to lean back on to read. I love your framed prints, too. This is a great idea!

    XO,
    Jane

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  10. Beautiful. I love the head board. Our bedroom has hit the back burner of late. I need to give it a clean coat of paint and do some renovating to the bath. The list never ends and the funds aren't always there!

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  11. beautiful! i adore that headboard.

    door251.blogspot.com

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  12. Your bedroom is just beautiful. I love your headboard that you guys made. So awesome to be able to do something yourself, isn't it? What did we do before blogging? :)

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  13. i thought you got the one from pottery barn! that looks so professional. linen is my favorite, too - neutral, elegant, fresh, pretty. good job!

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  14. Ooooohhhh, I love this! I have been wanting a fabric headboard for YEARS now! I just haven't made it a priority yet. Not sure I am up for the DIY though ... the whole room looks just beautiful!

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  15. Lovely! Your bed looks so squooshy and comfy!

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  16. You always do amazing things! I agree, our bedroom has always been on the back burner and it's due! I love the outcome and the budget! Those frames look so nice too! Beautiful...sweet dreams!

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  17. Beautiful designed and very well decorated. It's really look gorgeous. Loved this dreamy idea!

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  18. Bravo Londen it looks great! I've been debating a similar DIY headboard project for our master bedroom but just can't get around to it. I love your framed book pages too, everything looks perfect in there and your bedding combo is fabulous.
    xo~
    T

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  19. Looks great!!!!!!! I bet you are so happy every time you walk in there! Love it all!

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  20. Love the look of your bedroom! It looks so bright and cozy!

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  21. Well done! It's gorgeous. I want to make one for my girl's room and this has really inspired me.

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  22. Fabulous! Great headboard project!! Love the framed art, too. :)

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  23. I also put my bedroom on the back burner! I have a four poster - like it but would love to do an upholstered headboard!

    Looks amazing - and love your framed book pages too!
    Kelly

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  24. Love it!! So we are going to do this, but just wanted to know a few details. How did you attach the legs of the headboard to the big rectangle piece? And how did you attach it?-to the wall? to the bed frame? Love the color-but my husband thinks that the light will show discoloration/dirt...does yours?
    I sooo appreciate any help you can give. Thank you

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  25. I love this and want to do it as well! I was wondering if you happen to have the dimensions of the wood that you used to cut out the wood?

    Thank you!!

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  26. This headboard project is on my to-do list in the next week or two. I like how simple and classic yours is. I also love the insect pictures!

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    1. Getting this upholestered headboard information is not very easy but this page have made it quite easy for me.

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  27. I love this! One quick question - how did you attach the legs?

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  28. I love the fabric and have been searching for something similar. Do you happen to know what it's called?

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  29. Hi there,
    I just wanted to let you know that I featured your headboard in a blog post of my favorite DIY headboard roundups at this link: http://www.lilikoijoy.com/2013/04/15-favorite-diy-upholstered-headboards.html
    Thanks for inspiring me! Sharon

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  30. Do you happen to remember what measurements you used for the wood and fabric? I would like to make one for a queen too and really like the look of yours! I just am going to rest mine on the floor against the wall.

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  31. Did you attach the h/board to the bed or wall?
    or
    is it free-standing ?
    Thanks. Beautiful job btw!

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  32. Looks stunning, what is the height of the plywood you used?

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  33. This is beautiful! Can I also ask what the color of paint is on the walls? So beautiful and calming. I am staying with my parents while my husband is deployed and this would be sooo nice to have in my room while here!

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  34. This lovely upholstered headboard matches perfectly the rest of the room. I like every interior decoration used in this room, the 3 pictures, the bedding, everything.

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  35. LOVE your headboard! And your lamps - I would love to know where you got them!

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  36. This is fabulous! I can't wait to try it myself!

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  37. We just bought some fabric to make ours with, but once getting it home, I'm not crazy about it. Where did you buy your fabric? Do you remember the name of it? Even the store would help. Thanks so much!

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