Monday, February 28, 2011

Headboard - 2 times on the 1 time

Due to being away this weekend, we didn't have any progress on house projects. Instead, I thought I would post an older project as we continue to work with our master bedroom. 

We decided we wanted to do an upholstered headboard for our master.  I'm not going to go into step by step details of the process, since there are tonnes of tutorials online, and it's pretty much just like wrapping a present (but with a staple gun instead of tape).

We found some fabric (for a steal!) and a good deal on foam (for anyone in Toronto - Foamite has great prices, we went to the location on the Danforth). I should preface this story by saying that I am not the fastest decision maker. So, I tend to decide as I go as opposed to coming up with a master plan beforehand. Whether this is good or bad I don't know but it's how I'm working.  We also didn't know the pick-all-your-fabrics-first-and-paint-colour-last-rule.  So, the first version of our headboard turned out like this:
The fabric colour looked much more yellow in our room, and REALLY did not go with the paint colour (for those of you wondering, we lived with a primed-only room for 10 months until we did the closet, so we couldn't WAIT to get it painted). Unfortunately, that meant the fabric really clashed with the room. So we went on a fabric hunt but I just couldn't find anything that I liked. 

Then one weekend after a trip to Homesense we had an epiphany. The Mr. suggested using a tablecloth for the headboard (ha!) instead of fabric since it would be a lot cheaper. We bought a few white and cream options but neither looked good. I then pulled out a gray tablecloth I had bought for the table (who would have guessed?) and draped it over the headboard. That was the winner! We ripped off the ugly cream/yellow-y fabric, and re-upholstered the headboard in the gray tablecloth (who knew??). The tablecloth was actually great to work with because it was large enough that we had enough width to do it without seams. The second go was much smoother both in terms of our process and the outcome!  Here is the final result (with some new bedding and fab pillows):
The quality of the photos is not great (not much you can do at 10 at night, after realizing you didn't have an after picture...).  More on the bedroom decor later on. 


emily said...

That tablecloth is perfect! I love the subtle pattern -- so pretty! And those throw pillows are great too! What a clever hubby you have!

modern jane said...

The the pillows! It looks great! Super smart to use a tablecloth!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

Tablecloths are a great value for fabric. I think it's great that your husband was the one to think of it. I used two table cloths as summer panels on my dining room windows for a new look last summer. (Too bad I didn't keep in mind shrinkage when I ordered them!)

Calmly Chaotic said...

I love the pillows!!! The new headboard fabric looks great too!

Melissa Hare said...

Love your headboard! Great idea to use a tablecloth!

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