DIY: Padded Headboard

I have seen a bunch of posts on Pinterest that were the inspirations for this project. This post has been two months in the making and I’m finally getting around to posting about it. I know…it’s late but better late than never. Here is what our topless bed looked like before the headboard. Pretty plain and boring.


The materials list:

  • Fabric (I think I bought 3 yards)
  • 2″ foam (I bought the biggest strip they had at my local JoAnn’s)
  • Spray adhesive
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Wood (or a discarded headboard)
  • Patience (a must…you’ll learn why)
  • We started off with a discarded wooden headboard from friends which was a great template:


    Used our Ryobi hand sander to scuff it up a bit (totally a technical term):


    Then I laid the foam out and kinda traced and cut the right size to fit inside the lip of the headboard:


    But as I learned early in life you can’t put a square peg in a round hole piece of foam in a round headboard crevice. So I got creative…


    It doesn’t look great but it’ll do the job and I’ll be covering it with fabric so it really doesn’t matter what it looks like underneath. I then sprayed the wood with spray adhesive. And applied pressure to the foam ’til it stuck real good. Then came the fun part. I will preface this with the fact that I did this at the end of the day and “thought” it’s was going to be a quick project. I’ll refrain from using that kind of thinking in the future.

    Things started off great I laid the fabric down and made sure it was centered and lined up:


    Then I started stapling like a madwoman:


    Issue #1: not sure if it was the staples/staple gun/thickness of fabric/type of wood BUT those little staples sure didn’t like to go in the wood very well:


    Issue #2: since I was applying a lot of pressure to the board to make sure the staples were in nice and tight I ended up snapping the leg off the headboard. Crap.


    And close up…to see the damage:


    I don’t remember now if I intentionally removed the 2nd leg or if it came off on its own but either way this poor guy was legless for a majority of the stapling, which ended up being much easier to manage.


    Here is a front shot to show the awesome thickness of the finished product:


    I worked around the rough spots and got everything all stapled and in place before calling for help. I have been told/shown how to use the power drill (a few times) but it never seems to work for me (that’s right…I’ll blame it on the drill). So Matt came down to help me out and he saved the day by drilling new holes and screwing in the legs. The headboard has two legs again and a pretty new outfit to boot:


    While the front looks pretty darn decent the back is another story. This is the mullet of headboards…business in the front, party in the back:


    But we figure that only people creepin’ on the side of our house will see the back, and well there shouldn’t be any weirdos creepin’ on the side of the house so I think we are all good.

    So even though my this-should-only-take-45-minutes project turned into about a two hour ordeal and I had to bring in reinforcements it was worth it in the end we are very happy with our new padded headboard, it brings a lot of color to our room and keeps our pillows from sliding off the top of the bed and also allows for plenty of light and air to come in when the window is open:


    Have you tried to recover a headboard? How did it go?

We have you surrounded

I was the assistant on this project so I’m not taking any credit for the handy-ness of my hubby.

Today was the day to hang the surround sound speakers. Plan A was to run the wires through the walls so that we wouldn’t have them running up the wall (my preference). But when does Plan A ever work out? The wall behind out tv was stuffed with insulation (which isn’t a bad thing normally since we like to be warm…right dad?) which made threading the wire impossible.


So Matt hopped up into the attic and crawled around…


Kirky wanted to help…it was cute.


Matt was able to run most of the wires through the attic and once I take care of getting a super long curtain rod and make curtains (that I’ve been talking about for months now) they will pretty much cover the wires that are tucked in the corner, but running up the wall, behind the couch. So I’ll be happy. It’s all about compromise right? Photos to follow…once I get the curtains taken care of.

We headed over to the UC Berkeley campus today to watch a baseball game. Great weather. Great game. Did you have a good Saturday?

Around here

Here is a little view of what our weekend looked like…from the point of view of my iPhone:

I finally hung the canvas DIY art.



I planned it out using pieces of 12×12 paper before nailing holes in the wall and they are spaced 4 inches apart.

I also took care of some sewing projects:
I made another stroller/baby carrier blanket for an upcoming baby shower…this is the only peak you’ll get Tina :).

I made a few pillow cases for some old nasty floral ones that I have had for, um, maybe 7 years!! I think this fabric is a much better pattern and they are now brightening up our couch quite nicely.


And after all that sewing I realized how much I hate my current pin holder so I made a new one. I used and old jar and sorta winged it with some batting and leftover linen fabric… and a glue gun. It is so much better than the old one and now I want to come up with some more projects just to used it.

I also needed to sew a button on a pair of shorts for Matt and decided to finally organize all my little buttons and thread pieces that come with sweaters etc. and came up with this solution…another jar!

I also created a fun St. Patty’s day feast of bangers and colcannon. I had never had or heard of colcannon before until I saw a pin on Pinterest and it looked delicious . It WAS! And so easy too.

And to round out the weekend we went to brunch at a place I’ve wanted to try (that Matt has already been to) Brown Sugar Kitchen. I had the chicken and waffles. They were delicious.



The day finally came. I painted the bedroom!!

Here is the before picture:


Thank you to Matt for putting up with five swatches of gray paint in our bedroom. FIVE!! We finally picked the right shade. Martha Stewart Nimbus cloud (top left) and had it color matched to BEHR  Premium Plus Ultra (paint and primer in one). Through this whole paint-the-bedroom saga I kept saying that I wanted to use No VOC paint and then suddenly when I was in Home Depot and saw how long the line for paint was I quickly walked up and down the paint aisle and panicked and grabbed low VOC instead of NO VOC because I was running late and needed to get home and start painting if I was gonna get it done this weekend. Oh well. Next time. While at Home depot I also grabbed some more of the awesomest painters tape and good thing because for the whole room I used about 3/4 of a full roll. I used the 1.5″ width and wished, for the ceiling at least, that I had the 2″, it would have been easier to get up there with the roller. The whole process from cutting in until I started peeling the tape off was about 5 hours. There were a lot of tight spots and I had to go back and paint those by hand with a brush, so that took a bit longer. But I am so SO happy with the finished product. I’m glad we waited to find the perfect paint color. It looks great!!


*This photo was taken at night, it looks a bit brighter in the daylight.

Now to hang my DIY art project, and make a headboard and we’ll be all set! More photos to come!

Garage Organizing

So now that the garage walls are painted it was time to organize the mess/dumping ground that was our garage. A few weekends ago we made a trip to Costco and picked up some heavy duty industrial strength shelves to organize all our garage-type items. Here is the before picture of the disarray in our garage:

Then after a few hours of shelf-putting-together and organization the after picture looks like this:

It does sort of look like organized chaos, and we still have a bit more straightening up to do BUT…it’s WAY better and now I can park in the garage, just in time for all that rain (that isn’t happening).

All About the ORB

Oil Rubbed Bronze spray paint that is. I have been on a quest for a full length mirror for our room and finally found one that was the right size, and the right price at Home Goods. However I wasn’t crazy about the color but I figured that could easily be changed. Given all the inspiration and instruction from Young House Love I was confident that I could pull it off. Here are some of the before photos all prepped and ready to be painted:

And some during photos. The final product took about four coats of spray paint.

I was quite impressed with the Rust-Oleum metallic oil rubbed bronze. It has a built-in primer and had really good coverage. The extra coats were just to insure that there was deep coverage.

Here is an after shot set up in the bedroom.

And a close up of the finished product once it’s all dry. I love it and it matches the side lamps and is a great addition to our room.

See…look how happy I am.

Seeing Double

So, after a very long wait. We finally have two bedside lamps, we’ve spent the last five months with only one. The long story has to do with a second lamp that arrived damaged and had to be returned, a miscommunication about a backordered (and then out of stock) item from Macy’s. Finally we opted to go with a different seller and purchased lamp number two from The original ship date was bumped back two weeks but finally the lamp arrived. It matches lamp numero uno, we finally have two bedside lamps in our room, and I am one happy lady. Now we just need some color in that room. It’s looking kind of vanilla right now (even though our bedding is Sea Spray, it’s not showing up that way in this photo).

Since we are talking about decorations in the bedroom, lets see what else we have in store…

The next item we are waiting to receive is a second bedside rug that is being delivered by West Elm next week. For the time being we are pretty happy with the one side rug that we have. {Mentioned previously in this post}.

And a close up so you can see how fluffy and cozy it is:

And while I was photographing this I realized that our bed is missing something…

a bed skirt. Since our bed is raised up on these bed lifts I have visions of making an extra long bed skirt to cover the box spring and the legs/lifters. Add that to the project list.

Oh and notice those two items taped to the wall in the photo in the upper right?

Paint samples. They have been taped up on the wall for the better part of three months now. And I think we settled on the paint color within the first week. From the top counting down, I think we are going with number 5. It’s called Gravity, and is a light bluish-greenish gray. I think these exact paint chips are from Lowes but I want to color match it with a low-VOC paint at Home Depot, since that is the closer store. I’ll keep you posted on what that ends up looking like, I’m excited for our first indoor painting project.

Oh and another project for this room is way way (WAY) far down on the list of things to do but a girl can dream. I’ve been pining (and pinning) away at all the images I’ve seen on Pinterest for a….sliding barn door. I thought one would be a perfect fit to cover Husband’s closet door.

Can you picture it?? We could get rid of the door that’s there now since it spends 99% of the time wide open and taking up space, and replace it with something like this…

{image source from here}

I’m picturing our painted gray walls, some DIY art, DIY headboard, some colorful accent pillows, a bench at the end of the bed like this, and possibly a dark teal door? The possibilities are endless.

Here’s the pallet I’m thinking, but more turquoise.

{source here}

Project Garage: Phase 1

Now that the weather is changing and rain is in the near future. It’s time to clean and organize our garage and start to use it for parking, and not just storing stuff in a pile.

We bought some heavy duty shelves at Costco this weekend and are getting ready to assemble them but first we needed to paint the walls of the garage. Our structural garage “makeover” is complete but the walls were partially covered in blank drywall and looked messy. We made a stop at what is soon to become a much frequented store…Home Depot and picked up some cheap-o paint and had an afternoon of rocking out to my iPod whilst paint rolling.

The lighting in the garage is terrible. So I don’t have a good after photo. But here is me “during”…

Next steps: build shelves and bust out the label maker and plastic bins…time to organize!!