Welcome! if you have been following along then you know this is week seven, but if this is your first visit please take a look at where this makeover began with week one, week two, week three, week four, week six, and week seven.
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Please note, week five with canceled out of respect for #Blacklivesmatter. Our bedroom makeover is a little different while trying to source materials and decor we have found that items are out of stock and the companies have no idea when or if the item will ever be available again. Okay, that means being creative is that much for valuable during this challenge. Please visit all the participants in the ORC and hosts so you don’t miss any inspiration.
Our room makeover is a dream come true for us. The handmade wingback headboard is my favorite addition. Let me share how we build and upholstered it.
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The handmade bed tray was loving created by our daughter, Olivia, you can see how she made it HERE.
You can find my sources for all the other items in our bedroom makeover HERE and at the end of this post.
The sewing technique I used for the white Euro shams is the envelope style closure. You can see that easy no-zipper technique in this earlier post HERE.
However, I made the gray pillows with invisible zippers like in this earlier post. The bed skirt I made using the same pleating technique I used when making slipcovers or upholstering furniture. The deck of the bed skirt is a heavy duck slipcover fabric and the skirt is the same linen blend as the Euro shams. I
No-Sew Window Treatments Panels/Curtains
The window treatment hardware I selected was custom made by Helser Brothers. They are French poles (curtain rod) with rings with clips. I choose them since they are clean and modern yet traditional at the same time. If you are interested in any of their hardware please let me know in the comments.
The woven wood Roman shades are another must-have for my home. You can see the warmth they add to the room and the bonus is the interesting light that filters in during the day are unmatched by any other treatment. If you interested in more information about woven woods please let me know in the comments.
The fabric I used for the no-sew curtains was a duck. It is heavyweight cotton that does not require lining. They are going to be stationary (leaving them in one position) panels.
I wanted to share what the space looked like before and after the hardware, you can see it in the photos below. Your eye does not travel up since there is nothing to balance the room’s decor above the height of the bed. Your eye only goes go back and forth instead of all around. Window treatments in layers with gorgeous hardware is the solution to a finished room design.
You can see other options for window treatment hardware in this earlier post HERE.
How to Build a Wingback Headboard
The star of the show is the DIY Wingback Headboard. This stunning headboard provides a dramatic and cozy bed. It is the building block the rest of the room was built upon.
Notice in the first two photos the light filtering through the woven wood Roman shades. If you would like to learn more about upholstery then you might enjoy our Upholstery 101 Educational Training video.
- 3/4 Plywood
- 2″ Foam
- 1.25″ Dacron
- 1/2 Dacron
- 1.25″ Screws
- Wood Glue
- 2.75″ Screws
- Spray Adhesive
- Flex Grip Tack Strip
- Hard Tack Staples (Arrow Fastener T50 3/8″)
You can see how to build the basic center headboard section in this earlier post.
I wanted a special headboard so I designed a romantic styled headboard (you can see it below.)
After cutting the design out of plywood I was ready to start building the wooden frame and wings of the headboard.
Build the headboard out of a ¾ X4X8 sheet of plywood.
Cut the center portion of your headboard 26X65 1/2.
Cut a doubler strip 5 X 65 for the top and 3 X 65 for the bottom edge
Next cut a doubler 3 X 18 for the ends
Glue and screw the doubler strips around the outside edges of the 36 X 65 headboard piece.
Trace your pattern on the headboard and cut it out using a jigsaw. Use a sander and/or rasp and smooth the cut if needed. Remove any sharp edges or splinters.
The bottom 11 inches will only be covered with fabric to accommodate the mattress.
Cut the foam to 25 X 61.
Center the pattern you used to cut the wood on the foam. Cut the foam to size.
Go to the ends and gently pull the poly wrap and secure it with a few staples. You will want to leave this edge squarer. Do not over pull the poly wrap.
Go back to the top center and work both sides to the ends smoothing and stapling the poly wrap.
Finish stapling the ends. You will want a nice straight line.
Cut off all excess poly wrap right along the staple row.
Cut a piece of face fabric large enough to cover the foam and poly wrap. About 34 X 70 maybe a little larger. Start by placing a few staples in the center along the bottom edge of the poly wrap edge.
Then smooth it to the top back edge and tack it with a few staples and at either end. Making sure your fabric is straight.
Go back to the bottom edge and staple it across working your way out from the center. You will want this to be a nice straight line.
Cut two wings out of ¾ x 13 X 48 plywood using the pattern with a jigsaw or band saw.
Attach a ¾ X 2 X 48-inch piece of plywood with glue and screws to the wing that will be used to attach the wing to the center portion of the headboard and will maintain the 2-inch thickness on the back edge of the wing.
You can find the patterns for both the wing and headboard curve below:
Wood Wing, Supplies and Step by Step DIY Headboard
To make the headboard the only step that requires basic sewing skills is covering the welt cording.
Apply spray adhesive to the wood and foam and then attach the foam to the board. Let the foam stick over the top edge about ½ inch.
Gluing Foam to Wings
Cut a piece of the poly wrap 34 X 70 (this is oversized). If you need to piece it use spray adhesive along the joints. Lay the poly wrap over the foam letting it hang over the edges.
Staple the poly wrap along the bottom edge. You will want a nice even straight line. Pull the poly wrap back and use spray adhesive to attach the poly wrap to the foam.
Stapling Dacron to Wings
Pull the poly wrap over the top to the back-top edge of the headboard and put in a few staples. You will want to pull it tight to give you a rounded front edge to the foam.
Trimming Excess Dacron
Stapling Face Fabric to Wing
Making Relief Cuts
While covering the wood headboard structure with the fabric you will see there are areas in the covers where the fabric is unable to lay flat. In those areas, you will need to make relief cuts to see in the photo below.
DIY Headboard Dust Cloth
Attach the headboard to the bed frame or use French cleats to attach to the wall.
The adorable blanket ladder we made to display our Christmas stockings this past year. See how we make it in this post.
I wanted to share my Great Grandfather’s portrait of my Great Grandmother that is hung over my Grandmother’s antique sewing cabinet. The handmade doily was made by Great Grandmother.
Another heirloom treasure is my Great Grandmother’s books.
Sources To Shop This Look
1. The prints are reprints of vintage French floral prints.
4. Faux Plants
9. Side table
10. Floor lamp (this is a similar one)
Let’s take a last look at my to-do list:
Add shiplap to the wall with windows Paint the ceiling and walls Replace windows Replace all trim and baseboards Install recessed lighting Removed the old carpet and install new flooring Order woven-wood Roman shades Window treatment hardware order Order pillow inserts Purchase plants Have artwork and antique photos framed Order bedding fabrics Make bed skirt and pillow Hang Artwork Make upholstered headboard
- Install wall sconce
Paint nightstands Install woven wood (bamboo) shades
The wall sconce will be installed tomorrow or Monday. It has been so hot (I live in Florida) that sending Mr. Kippi into the attic to install the electric lines seemed like a bad idea. The weatherman said we are going to have rain so he can take a chance up there if it cools off.
More DIY Headboard Ideas
My son’s headboard and cornice board are modern with Dwell Studio Fabrics you can see more HERE.
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