Bedroom Love

Monday, March 25, 2013

Many professionals claim the bedroom to be the most important room of your house.  It is where you rest and find peace from the chaos we call life.  It is also the one room guests don't usually see.  When you're decorating with a beer budget the main living areas have to take priority.  We did take care to have a comfortable bed and good linens for restful sleep.  Anything else was a luxury.  I have been beside myself to finally give some attention to this sad excuse of a room.  Below are some before pics of our boudoir. 

 
 
This room screams "FIRST TIME HOME BUYER".  We furnished the room on the fly with a matching bedroom set.  At least we upgraded to the king size bed.  I believe the peaceful sleep it offers is one of the greatest assets of our young marriage.  This sucker is big enough that we can actually be missing each other by morning.  The walls are a deep periwinkle (thank goodness my husband is color blind).  Can you believe that I went through four shades of blue before giving up with this shade.  Throw in the dark furniture and you have a drab and lifeless space.
 
With a little love and patience you get...........
 
HAPPINESS!  The walls were painted Creme de Mint by Benjamin Moore.  A shade of the lightest mint this color opens up the space and breathes a little life into the room.  Remember that paint is a cheap and cheerful way to update a space.  It's also the easiest to change if you decide you can't live with a certain color.  The plush velvet headboard is a DIY project that I'm going to share with you!  I was more than happy to be your lab rat for this one. The bedside tables are vintage Dixie Campaigner.  These took months to come across.  I repainted them in Decorator White by Benjamin Moore.  The bedding is a mix from Home Goods and other linen stores.  The trick is to take your time.  I am still waiting to find the perfect curtain fabric.  Interior design, like life, is always a work in progress.  Have a idea of what you would like and always be on the lookout for great deals and fabulous finds.  Great style doesn't happen over night and it never comes from a single store.  Surround yourself with the things you love and that make you happy.  Don't be afraid to mix styles.  Traditional can go with modern.  It all comes down to your final edit.   
 

HEADBOARD DIY
First you need to decide what style headboard you want.  If this is your first upholstery job I would go with something fairly simple. 
 
 
Second you need to purchase a sheet of MDF at your local hardware store.  Lowes or Home Depot will usually cut it down to size for you free of charge.  Be certain about your measurements before making any cuts.  I chose the Belgrave design.  I used a push pin, measured string and a pencil to mark my curves.  I used a jigsaw to cut the MDF.  Third I attached my 1" thick foam to my MDF with the spray foam adhesive.  I found both the foam and spray adhesive at my local craft store.  I then cut the foam to match the MDF. 
 


 

 
 
Then I covered the headboard with two layers of batting and pulled it tight to staple.  Be sure to staple evenly so that you keep the batting smooth.  Do the same with your fabric being careful to keep everything smooth and even.   
 
I chose a velvet in a solid neutral color so that my headboard can transition through several different bedroom styles if I need it to.  Also patterned fabric can be very difficult to keep straight if you are doing the project alone.  Before you start you should scour the Internet for upholstery tutorials.  I had to take bits and pieces from several different sources to figure out how to do the curves.  After you decide what style your headboard will be you should take the time to see how the professionals handle the tricky parts like corners and curves.  I found YouTube to be very helpful.  Design Sponge has a wonderful video for a Otomi headboard.
 
  Last you have to put on the nail head trim.  You can find this at your local fabric or hardware store.  This was the most trying part of the DIY for me.  It takes great patience to keep the tacks straight and measured.  At this point I wanted to be done!   I had pulled fabric til my fingers hurt.  I had cursed and swore at the velvet like it had kicked my dog.  By the time I got to the nail head trim I may have shed a tear or two.  I was also trying to complete the project in 48 hours along  with ten other items on the To-Do List. Yeah..... I'm that girl.  Don't be that girl!  Save this project for a rainy weekend and TAKE YOUR TIME!  I mounted the headboard to the wall with a simple cleat.  You can also use two D rings. 
 
 
Voila!
 

 The King head board cost roughly $200.  The bulk of the money was in the fabric.
 
Supplies You Will Need
 
MDF
Fabric
Foam
Foam Adhesive
Batting
Upholstery Tacks
Staple Gun & Staples
Upholstery Tack Remover & Hammer

 
 
Please comment if you have any questions regarding this post.  We are happy to help with your DIY any way we can.

 

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