September 15, 2014

Updated Headboard and a Tutorial

Good Morning!

I'm so excited to share with you my latest finished project.  
It's been one of those projects that I've had in the back of my mind for a long time.

Many of you may remember the headboard shelf that I built four years ago.  

It's been a wonderful addition to the bedroom that I like as much today and I did back when it was new.

It's gone though many decor changes over the years.  
I've loved the easy the shelf has given me in creating a new looks for the room each season.

However I've never really enjoyed the blank space between the bottom of the shelf and the top of the pillows on the bed.  Always thought it looked a little silly... or somehow not quite finished if you know what I mean.

In order to put this little annoyance behind me once and for all, I've given my trusty shelf and new paint job and an addition.

Check it out . . .

Better right!

The annoying empty space is filled in. . .

And it's look oh so stylish, if I'm allowed to say so myself!

I'm loving the new look!

And just in case you are too, here's a quick tutorial on how I tackled the project.

First off if you need a refresher course on how to build the shelf. . . go here.

Next you'll need theses supplies for the shelf addition.

Supplies Needed:
1X4's cut to size
construction adhesive
paint scraper
plywood, cut to size
staple gun
thick thread or string

To get stated I cut two 1X4's to the size I wanted. Sanded the edges and then painted them a base color of black followed by a topcoat of white.  I also added a topcoat of white paint to the shelf.

Next I distressed both the shelf and the 1X4's by scraping off some of the topcoat paint with a paint scraper before it had set completely.  This gave me a nice random look to the distressing.  

Once the paint was completely dried, I used sandpaper to enhance the distressed look wherever I thought it needed it.

I was then ready to attach the 1X4's to the wall.

I used three inch finishing nails to attach the 1X4's wherever I could reach a wall stud.  

Otherwise, I used a combination of construction adhesive and nails to attach the boards where a wall stud could not be reached.

Now that the framework was attached to the wall, it was time to make the fabric covered insert.

I measured and cut a piece of 1/4" plywood to fit inside making sure to cut it ever so slightly smaller to make room for fabric and batting.

Once the plywood was cut to size, I marked on the back side where I wanted the buttons to be placed.

Now on to the fun part of adding the fabric and batting . . . 

Once the fabric is all stapled down . . . 

Almost done!

Next add buttons to the front of the insert . . .

Final step is to simple place the insert into the framework on the wall.  It should fit snugly into the opening to hold it in place.

A fabulous new headboard!

Well I'm off to drool over my "new" headboard a little more ...

You all have a great day now,


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  1. Absolutely fabulous! Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, you come up with something like this!

  2. Love this! You did a marvelous job! Is this your master bedroom?

  3. You are amazing, it looks fabulous.


  4. Robin, this is an awesome project! Looks wonderful! Pinning!

  5. Oh my gosh! This just might be my favorite diy project ever. Turning your shelf into a full headboard was such a great idea! I love the paint and fabric you chose. I hope you don't mind too much if I copy it for my guest room, and I'm kind of wishing I hadn't just bought a headboard for my master bedroom because nothing is better than yours. Wow!

  6. Gorgeous, Robin! It's reminiscent of an old mantel. Your willingness to tackle these DIY projects is inspiring! :)

  7. I just how this came out hun! Awesome job and thanks for sharing. Have a great week. :-)

  8. it's beautiful! love your color talent for changing seasons.
    Marie @ In Our Happy Place

  9. I love this updated, upscale and upcycled headboard! Thanks so much for the easy and detailed instructions!

  10. amazing. I just love upholstered beds:) I'd love for you to come share it at Outside {the Box}

  11. I love this! It was so pretty before, but you really made it even more lovely.


  12. Fantastic! love it so much. thanks for the inspiration.

  13. Oooo....I love it! Pinning to the Monday Funday board.

  14. WOW!!! Robin, you never cease to amaze me. You have built a gorgeous headboard. I am very impressed, and it looks so beautiful there!!!

  15. What a great idea... love how you pulled it together! Looks beautiful. Visiting from Simple and Sweet Fridays... glad to find you.

  16. Hi there, I'm just popping over from Rooted In Thyme where I saw your lovely bed. What a beautiful makeover and I also really like your blue floral pillow cases with the ruffle. Your entire room is just gorgeous!
    Sally @cottagefix

  17. This is amazing, a headboard with a shelf on top, so beautiful and so prettily decorated!

  18. LOVE IT! Thank you for the tutorial on the headboard. I made my own several years ago that needs an update, but never really knew how to do the buttons until now!

  19. Happy to feature you at our party this morning! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  20. Your headboard is amazing! I think it's my favorite headboard ever! I love the patina.

  21. It's gorgeous! Love the finish you created.

  22. The headboard tuned out amazing. Thanks for sharing
    Blessings from South Africa

  23. I just love what you did and how you filled in the blank space....Beautiful!!!!

  24. Absolutely Beautiful... I'm inspired. Pinned to remeber.

  25. Where can I find the pillowcases on the bed?

  26. Love this! Only I'm in a rental and can't attach something like this to the wall, I'll have to make it so it's movable. But LOVE the idea! I'm doing this for sure!

  27. Could you provide the link on how to make the headboard shelf! Thank you!

  28. I want to do this! love it. I am having a hard time finding the tutorial for the shelf. Help!


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