Monday, June 26, 2017

Guest Bedroom Headboard - Upholstery

I am still having problems with my blog, but please hang in there with me.  I have an expert working on it and things should be back to normal soon.  Thanks for being so patient with me, this is so stressful.

Choosing fabric for the guest bedroom is fun and difficult all at the same time.  I love our new house, however like any home it has it's challenges.  The previous owners had new carpet installed before they put the house on the market.  It is really nice carpet, just not my color choice.  Nothing really bad, just a little dark for me.  It is a tweed with specks of black/brown/cream in it, and somehow reads a little on the chocolate side that tends to have a bit of red in the right light.  I tried a few different fabric samples to see what might work and finally decided on light and bright.

This is what it looked like when I found it at Hotel Liquidators.  I added gel stain to give the frame some dimension.  Now to  reupholster it.

All of these would work with the carpet and are colors that I really like.  I decided that since this is such a small room, I would go light and monochromatic.

I chose this taupe/gray dotted fabric.  It goes well with brown and with gray and that is what I wanted.  I can change things up and not be married to one color scheme.  I already had some dark gray shams, so that works too.

I was trying to find a place that wouldn't impede traffic to work on to cover the headboard insert.  The middle of the living/dining room seemed my best bet. haha  Doesn't everone do an upholstery makeover in their living room by the front door?

I had everything all layed out.  The red leather cover that was on the insert had a small piece of foam attached to it, I didn't take that cover off, in fact I wanted more padding, so I layed it down on a thick piece of batting and cut around it so I could start stapling it on.  However that particle board they used was so hard I couldn't get a staple to go into it.  Not sure what kind of staples they used, but I tried a hand stapler and my electric one and nothing would penetrate that board.  I even tried a nail and I couldn't get it to go in either without bending.  So back to the drawing board.

A trip to Lowes and I had a piece of plywood.  We traced the outline and cut out the design, then I covered it in two layers of batting.  Now to do the fabric.

You guys have all seen a million tutorials on how to pull the fabric tight working from top to bottom and side to side.  I didn't take a bunch of pictures, it's the same process you have seen, so I just got busy and started stapeling.  You can see how the batting is pulled around and stapled, the same thing applies to the fabric.   If you really need to see a step by step, you can check out this simple tutorial here.

Ta-Da all done.  I love it.  It turned out great.  I am really happy I chose this fabric, it is going to be a good one to work with.  The pattern is subtle, but just enough to be interesting.

Now to make a dust ruffle.  I found a really pretty gray and cream floral pattern that I think will be pretty for the dust ruffle.  Maybe give it some interest with some kind of trim too.

Ok, I need to start sewing when I have 5 minutes to spare.

So what do you think, gray or cream comforter?

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  1. The headboard looks great! Working on the living room/dining floor seems reasonable to me. We don't all have huge tables to work on, so any flat surface will do. Love grey and cream together...cream might look really pretty in the room, lighten things up a bit. How about a reversible duvet cover? xoxo

  2. Headboard looks great and I love that floral bird pattern for the bed skirt. Cream comforter would be my choice.

  3. i think either would work. it turned out great!

  4. Loving the fabric you used, it looks like it was made for that headboard.

  5. Beautiful! I love the fabric choices, especially the one for the dust ruffle. I agree with Donna - a reversible comfortable would be perfect! You could use the lighter side during the warmer months and the darker gray side in the colder months.

  6. So glad to see you're back! Aren't computers a rat's nest? You chose the same fabric I did! It's going to look fabulous when it's all put together. You can even use a brightly colored spread for a pop of color.

  7. Oh I love the fabrics!....great job Marty! Hope your blog issues get resolved and I think the cream comforter would be great!

  8. You are so smart. That headboard looks great, and of course, I love that blue floral with birds, but not seeing the carpet, I'm not sure whether it would work or not. I know whatever you decide will be beautiful.

  9. Marty - this is amazing! I love all the fabrics, but love the final result best! I'm about to have a slew of blog troubles soon with a host change, so solidarity friend! Thank you so much for linking this up for I DIYed that - I am beyond honored that you stopped by!