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?

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