Sunday, December 11, 2011

My Charlie Brown Tree

I know my tree looks pitiful this year. That's because we got this small tree while we were living in a tiny apartment. Now that we own a house, it looks pathetic, but I don't really want to buy another one this year. Anyway, Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

New Headboard!

I am completely in love with my new headboard and don't know what I would do without my dad or husband! My dad helped me with every step and Daniel nailed the nailhead trim in when my weak arm muscles couldn't take it any longer. Sorry if I failed to take enough detailed pictures. I was a little too excited to remember.

First you need plywood. Mine measured at around 60 in wide and 54 in tall. It just depends on what size bed you have.

Next, we had to attach some extra plywood because we were using scraps and the original piece wasn't tall enough. My dad used 3 metal brackets.

I traced the pattern that I wanted on half of the wood and my dad used a jig saw to cut away! After cutting half of the wood, use the wood you just cut off to trace the other half. That way, it will be symmetrical.

We sanded off the edges.

Next comes the batting. I put 4 layers of batting on mine, but you could probably get away with just 3. Some people like to put foam and batting, but I just used batting because it was less expensive and it worked just fine!

Now comes the tricky part. I happened to like this leather material that doesn't give much and is hard to upholster. However, after stapling the bottom and sides, my dad figured out a simple method of cutting slits where the curved part of the headboard is. It helped a lot!

My dad made an interlocking bracket made of wood to hang the headboard. The piece attached to the wall is slanted so that the piece attached to the headboard will fit perfectly on top.

I had a really hard time finding a nailhead trim kit. I went to Lowes, Joann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels...and left empty handed. I had to order mine online. You have to nail in every fifth one and it doesn't really take that long.

Wood- free
batting- $11.00 (on sale)
fabric- $30.00 ( on sale- Black Friday)
nailhead trim- around $30.00
Total: around $70.00

Completely worth it! I have an original headboard that I adore and plus got some quality time with my dad and hubby!