This weekend was the culmination of several projects that we/I have been wanting to do. We have been collecting things and waiting on some warmer weather. We got some new bedding for our guest room from "the Beyond" on clearance, and you'll never guess what color it is!? BROWN!! It just goes with everything, and in my defense it was a good deal! We are trying to make our guest room a little more functional and comfortable for our guests.
I have been wanting to make a headboard for this room so I did some research. I am an avid HGTV watcher and have seen them do it several times. I also read a "how to upholster a headboard" on one of my favorite blogs. The thing about theirs was that they just used a frame and batting, we wanted to use plywood and foam so it would be a little more sturdy so I had to figure out how to hang it on the wall. So what does one do? You google it! So I found that here, and then the guy at Lowes helped us find a variation of it.
We went to Mill Outlet Village to find some fabric to cover it with. They have tons! I was a little overwhelmed. Those ladies there are hardcore and don't mess around, not really great for a novice like myself who didn't really know what I wanted or how much I needed. I guess you have to be tough in the scary world of fabric. We took some swatches with us and then came back the next day once we decided and had some more precise measurements.
Next was a trip to Lowes to get some supplies and plywood. Note to self: Think about how long the plywood is in relation to the length of your car before purchasing it. We ended up shoving it into Adams car all the way from front to back where it was hanging over our heads on the way home, quite hilarious, people were staring and giving us the thumbs up sign as we went down the road, good thing we didn't have to go far. I mean I would have starred at us! My sweet husband endured this embarrassment for me without much complaint... the things we do for love!
I'll spare you the boring details about about all the problems we had cutting the plywood, needless to say we learned some things about cutting plywood (one of the hardest to cut because of all the glue etc.), saws (you need different types of blades for different types of woods), it helps if the wood is flat when you cut, and when all else fails use a saw powered with elbow grease!
So while Adam was cutting wood:
I was spray painting the chair I got last summer! I had started painting it one color last year, and didn't like it, then I decided I would wait to get some fabric to re-upholster the seat and then decide what color to paint it, hence the reason I had to wait for a warm day.
So here are the finished products! Chair before:
And here is the headboard in the room without the pillows in front of it:
And last but not least the spring wreath I made this past week, is it too early to hang it up?!!
I would like to say that the head board was super cheap but we decided to go with the more expensive fabric that we liked, and foam is a lot more expensive then we thought! It was about $36 and we went with the cheaper stuff! But it is custom, and adds a lot more to the room than just a regular headboard. Plus time with your spouse=priceless! haha!