Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Headboard Por Fin!

Remember the teaser photo from this post? No? Well, that's probably because it was a long time ago. And the headboard project was completed well before that post, so it's about time I get these photos off my camera and into a post! I had seen a ton of fabric DIY headboards online and I liked the look, but I wanted something with more finished edges for my space. After brainstorming and sketching and taping on the wall, I ended up deciding on the scale of the headboard and going with inexpensive trim materials, pegboard, batting, and using the discounted fabric I purchased ages ago and posted here. Here's the process through photos. Lots and lots of photos!

Pegboard and trim

Oh, that miter box. Even after this process, I still decided that sawing all the 45 decree angled cuts for the frames in the great room would be a good idea...

Making the sawed edges pretty.

Sawing the large (front) portion of the pegboard to size.

Aha, now there's a visual on how it will come together. That's the pegboard  portion that will have the batting and the fabric. The back of the board had some other pieces to stabilize it, help it keep its shape and make it so the pegboard piece with the fabric and batting fits in there snugly. The "legs" will support the headboard from the floor.

Planning out the cuts for the pegboard pieces for the back of the frame.

Making sure those angles are square! After nailing them together, we used caulk to smooth out any gaps.

A staple gun was used to attach the peg board to the frame.

Here's the back that I was talking about. Added support for the headboard shape.

Yay! Still square!

Propped up and ready for white spraypaint.

Since I didn't want the fabric portion to be too recessed into the frame, we added pieces of wood around the edges so the "fabricked" pegboard would be pushed out a little farther (you can see all the wood pieces in another photo below)

This isn't the greatest photo, but it shows how the back of the legs are carved away a bit so that it will fit over the base molding that's in the bedroom. This way the headboard supports and the headboard frame will be flush against the wall. 

Now onto the pegboard that will have the fabric and batting! You can see the trim piece that will be added to the edge of the pegboard to give the fabric and batting something to grip onto (the pegboard is sort of pliable, so adding the trim piece makes it so the pegboard doesn't bend when the fabric/batting it stretched over it).

Trim was attached with staples, too.

My Mom giving an action shot of the batting application (more staples!)

This isn't the best lighting/camera setting to show the true color of the fabric. But here is is draped over the batting to make sure the lines were straight

The staples go right on the other side of the lip of the trim on the pegboard. 

Here's a close-up of the corner--see the fold-over action? It's like wrapping a present or assembling a burrito--make sure you keep the fabric taut the whole time!

Attaching the headboard frame to the wall with screws--they nicely fit through the pegboard holes. (Just make sure the screw heads don't fit through the pegboard holes, because that won't do you any good.)

After the fabric pegboard portion was fit into the frame. Voila!

A few things have been changed up since this photo was taken (ok, several), so I'll post a fresh photo sometime soon that shows the current duvet cover (seen in packaging here), the pillow situation, the table/bench at the foot of the bed, and the new pendant light. phew.  The headboard really makes the room (well, that and the drapes--poor photos available here), but I don't think I'd mind a nice organic shape over the headboard...I'm think a wavy branch of some sort...?

Have you been working on any transformative project recently (or not so recently, since even this was done forever ago)? Ever have that feeling that a room is really coming together after adding or rearranging something?

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Pump it up

I waited way too long to get a soap dispenser for the kitchen sink. I needed 2, one for hand soap and one for dish soap (I was using a less than attractive plastic pump with a Dial sticker on it and was having to dig under the sink every time I hand-washed dishes). I couldn't find (ok, maybe I didn't research the available options sufficiently) two dispensers that looked like they belonged together but were different enough that any ol' casual kitchen sink user could differentiate between the dish soap and hand soap. I eventually caved and bought 2 basic white ceramic soap pumps and labeled them with a dry erase marker and used them in that state for a couple weeks.

When I was putting away the ModgePodge from this project, I thought maybe it was time to make those functional dry-erase marks a little less tragic looking. I wiped off the dry erase labels and used a metallic Sharpie paint marker and an elongated cursive script to label the soap pumps.

I touched up the letters after the 30 seconds it took for the Sharpie paint to dry and then used a tiny paint brush to add a few layers of ModgePodge on the top of the letters. I tried to follow the lines of the letters since I didn't want the words to look too odd when the light reflected off the ModgePodge shiny-ness.

How does that line go?--Necessity is the mother of invention. I never would have thought that writing on and Modge-Podge-ing soap pumps would be something I'd do, much less a solution to a problem!

PS, I need to get that backsplash situation covered. I've been pinning tile options via my Pinterest page here if you want to check them out and/or weigh in!

PPS, Let me know if you need a Pinterest invite!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Shining Accomplishment

Home Monochromatic Dynamic just celebrated its 3rd birthday as my home! Even though I didn't move in until months and months later, the day I got the keys was such a great feeling.

To celebrate, I took photos of a completed project that was one of my earlier forays into fun decor DIY: the punch cup chandelier. I posted about the process here and here and here are some photos of the finished product:

It's hard to capture what it looks like when it's lit, but even harder to photograph in the dark, so I did my best!

My mom found some secondhand glass plates that I used to finish off the top row of the chandelier (finishing the top row was a perplexing issue for awhile).

 Looking up!

Someday I will rework the dining table a bit...

But note the new seats! I don't think I ever posted the old ones (fuzzy tan corduroy, eek), so I'll have to put together a post on the recovering process.

Well, there she is. I think it's a lovely, punchy addition to the room--and you even get a glimpse of it as you walk in the front door.

In case anyone is wondering what happened to the dated light fixture (and by dated I mean dated in not-a-cool-way, unlike the breakfast nook light was dated in a stylish way and stayed after some sprucing up) that used to be in the dining area, it's now a nice, functioning addition to my garage. Well, maybe not nice, but it definitely functioning (though not actually necessary) in the center of the garage ceiling.

Don't you love looking back at completed projects, especially if you love the way they turned out?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Plants and Paints

At one point I had some photos of the process that I used to add too much some character to a terracotta pot, but I can't find them. So, you'll have to envision me dragging the side of a paint laden brush along the lip of a pot, then waiting for it to dry, then planting some succulents in it, then snapping photos like this!

If those photos miraculously materialize, I'll add a post script to this post. 

Anyway, I thought of that project recently because I got a cool (and pretty!) cyclamen plant for New Year's, I needed to pot it and the only appropriately-sized pot I had was marred by my failed attempt at replicating the look you see above on a traditionally shaped pot. I failed at it--and I don't know why, since I had already done the other one, but the pot was SUPER ugly and I hid it in the garage. Well, I sort of salvaged it (especially if you realized how ugly I had made it before) with more layers of paint in different shades of taupe-y gray and popped that cyclamen in there. 

 Yay! Well, it's not too offensive, but it may get another makeover in the future...

Apologies for the lack of process photos. I know you'll be able to piece it together. Or ask me questions.
Isn't the cyclamen awesome? I hadn't never seen/heard of it before, but I love the color and it's cool that it blooms are inside-out.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Holiday Bling

Some quick (and blurry) photos of some subtle holiday "bling":

Bracelets -- Nordstrom, Gift (handmade!), Nordstrom

Earrings -- Gift (Anthropologie)

I love mixed metals :) Yay for awesome presents!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Aftermath

The Christmas leftovers aren't just for the fridge, folks. 

Resolution #1--whip Home Monochromatic Dynamic back into shape. 

Hope all your holiday festivities were wonderful! Happy 2012!