Thursday, August 9, 2012

Headboard Tutorial

The hubs and I have been getting pretty craft lately, so this last week we decided to create a headboard for our bedroom. We actually searched a lot of different furniture places first, but we came to the conclusion it would be WAYYYYY cheaper to make one then to purchase one of those suckers. Who knew wanting a fabulous looking headboard would be so darn expensive.

After hours of searching the web, blogs, and Pinterest we came up with a different way of creating our headboard. However, if you haven't been to Thrifty and Chic's blog, you should definitely check it out. She created a B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. headboard with some serious bling. I tried really hard to talk my husband into this fabulous bling, but I was QUICKLY d-e-n-i-e-d. booooo.

Here is our tutorial for the headboard we created, and I apologize in advance for the gazillion pictures you are about to see. 

♥ Pegboard cut to size needed (we did 6ft x 4ft)
♥ (4) 1x1 pieces of wood
♥ Buttons of your choosing
♥ Upholstery Needles
♥ Upholstery Thread
♥ Staple Gun
♥ Fabric (COUPONS!!!)
♥ Quilt Batting 
♥ Screws
♥ Washers

Total Cost: $80.00  

Steps to create this FABULOUS headboard:
1. Measure the size of the headboard you want, then have Home Depot or Lowes cut the peg board to the size you need, when you purchase it. We chose to use pegboard, so we didn't have to drill holes, it made it extremely easy - and less work, which is what we are really about!

2. Once you have the pegboard, measure where the tufting is going to be. We chose to do 3 rows of 5 buttons. 

 3. Once its all measured, attach the 1x1 pieces of wood with screws, making sure not to cover any of the holes you've marked for the tufting part. This will allow you to attach legs later. :)

4. Now its time to attach the batting. Its completely up to you how plush you want it to be. We chose this batting below because of its thickness and because it was on sale. :)

5. Lay the batting out over the pegboard to ensure its completely covered and you have enough extra to staple to the back of the pegboard. Stand the board up and staple the top, then bottom, then the sides. This requires 2 people, one to hold, and one to staple.  Make sure to pull tightly so there is no bagginess happening. :)

6. Once the batting is complete, you can now staple the fabric the exact same way. This is what the back should look like once complete. YAY!

7. Now the tufting begins! The way we chose to do this, it really took both the hubs and I. Cut a really long piece of thread and place the thread through the button first, and made a knot. Then with the extra thread I strung it through the needle.

The hubbster pushed a second needle through the back to the front of the board, to clearly show where the button needed to be placed, then he slowly removed it. I took my needle (with button hanging) and stuck it through the exact same hole he just created - taking the needle from the front side and pushing it to the back of the board. Once he saw the needle on the back side he pulled it and the thread through completely.

8. Next the hubs chose to tie the thread to a washer to keep it tightly held. Make sure when pulling the tread tightly, that it is creating the "tufting" look in the front of the board (this was my job), and since the thread is upholstery thread, it should not break, so really tug on it. 

We repeated steps 7 and 8 until all buttons were in the board.

9. Once all the rows of tufting is done, then you can add the legs and attach it to the wall. :)
This is what ours looks like all complete and attached:

Oh and look at these snazzy dressers we bought to go with our new headboard! Out with the old in with the B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L.! :)

♥ Ashley

1 comment:

  1. I love the headboard it turned out great!! Definitely something I may have to try!