Let’s hit the head

HeadBOARD, that is!

I was recently in my local Savers store and saw this grody headboard.  It was marked $19.99 and I thought it had potential, but I have a garage full of furniture with potential, so I gritted my teeth and walked away from it.

About a week later, I popped into Savers to see what was new.  Lo and behold, the headboard was still there, so I took it as a sign that it was meant to be mine, and I hauled that baby up to the register!

Next came the hunt for the fabric to recover the center part.  I searched just about every fabric store near me and found a couple prints that were almost what I wanted, but I don’t like to spend money on something unless it makes me go, “Oh, it’s perfect!,” so the hunt continued.  I did find a plain deep aqua fabric that was the perfect weight and price at JoAnn, and I got a sudden inspiration to make my OWN print with a fabric stencil.

Although the stenciling was much easier (the spray adhesive is the key) than I expected, it was time-consuming, so I only stenciled the parts that would show!  Meanwhile, I gave the frame a couple coats of glossy white paint.  I Febrezed the heck out of the padded section of the headboard and stretched the freshly-hatched fabric right over the original fabric.  You’ll find out soon enough – I’m not one to make work for myself!

Below is the result of my labors.  I’m really happy with the way it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by.  I’d love to hear your comments, and I look forward to seeing you again soon!

16 thoughts on “Let’s hit the head”

  1. Great headboard! I found you through “before and after”–looks like your blog will be a fun read. I’m curious–did the part that needed reupholstered come unscrewed from the rest of the headboard? Is that how the fabric wraps around?

    1. You got it. To me, that’s one of the beauties of making over already-made furniture – so often, you can see how it was done and just undo and redo it! In fact, originally there was piping around the hideous striped fabric and I bought some braided trim to put around the fabric part when I reattached it, but I liked it without it, so I left it off.

  2. I just found your blog and have sat and read every post! You have some fantastic makeovers and I think this one is my favorite. I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!!

  3. I found your site through Better After and I am hooked! I love the lamp and the headboard. I have been trying to talk my husband into a headboard for a few years now {we can NEVER agree on a style of bedroom furniture} but this inspired me to just go out find one and do it and hope he likes it. Thanks !!

    1. I feel your pain – my ex cared about home decor, too! Arrrggghhh – I guess that’s the price we pay for gender equality!!! Then again, I love to use power tools, so I guess it’s a wash! 🙂

  4. Wow that is gorgeous! You did an amazing job. What stencil did you use? I used the Cutting Edge stencils which were very big so it only took me about 45 minutes to do.I love the aqua and white.

    1. I agree – the stenciling was a lot quicker than I expected. I can’t remember the name of the stencil I used…I think I bought it at Hobby Lobby, though.

      I was going to do what you did and cut out a headboard myself, but I was so glad when I saw this one because I was afraid I’d end up with some lopsided monstrosity!

      We’re so crafty! :O)

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