Thursday, March 3, 2011

Beachy Themed Master

We recently changed out the brass headboard we received as a house warming gift when we bought our first house in 1990.  :)  Yes, it was time to change it.  We struggled with what to replace it with.  My husband could make us a new one out of wood, but we didn't want to put a lot of money into a California King size when we were thinking of changing to a regular king bed.

So, we used the advice of Kate at Centsational Girl and made an upholstered headboard that was low cost and easy to make.  You can see that tutorial HERE

The hardest part was finding the fabric.  I learned that most (maybe all?) fabric patterns run the wrong way for this sort of project.  I didn't want the pattern to be going sideways and I didn't want a seam in the middle, so I had to use a solid fabric.

We used a piece of 1/2" plywood and cut it to 67" wide and 36" tall. 

We used 1/2 foam purchased at Joann's, and stapled that to the plywood. We used 1/2" foam so that the headboard wouldn't be too thick since we were attaching moulding to it.  I only put the foam on the front of the plywood. I topped that with batting, and wrapped it around to the back where I stapled it .  The fabric was then put down on the floor, face down, then the rest is set on it.  We pulled the sides tight and stapled them, then pulled the corners and made sure there weren't any gaps.  Once we were sure of everything being straight and pulled tight, we put lots more staples in to really hold it.

We then attached a 2 1/2" moulding around the edges, so the final piece is 72" wide and 38 1/2" tall.  We attached this 'picture hanging system' ($10 at Lowes) to the wall and to the headboard and hung it easily. 

Since our bathroom has a beachy theme (you can see that HERE),  I wanted this room to have the same feel. 

I found a set of these shams on ebay.

I found a little accent pillow to match the shams, but was not going to spend $44 for one!  I ended up making my own.  Yes, it looks like a homemade pillow, but it was fun, it cost $5 to make, and we like it.  I cut three starfish out of felt and glued them on, then sewed a few straight lines, stuffed it and it was good to go!

I loved the starfish flag Layla from The Lettered Cottage made.  Her tutorial is HERE.  I had such a fun time making it and am happy the way it ties in with the room.

So that's our room.  We would still love to change a few things.  My husband hates the color on the walls.  It looks much darker in these pictures than in person. In person it looks more like a sand color, but I'm sure we'll be painting before long...  We would also love to put new carpet in here and get a new comforter, but those will have to wait a bit.  And, if we do end up switching out to a regular king bed, he can make a new headboard out of wood. 

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I am linking up to the following parties:

The DIY Show Off Project Parade
Debbiedoo's Newbie Party
Between Naps on the Porch's Met Monday
Jennifer Rizzo's Refresh Your Room Party

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