First DIY of 2016!!! I had been talking to my hubby about attempting a TUFTED headboard, and was very frightened of what the end result would be. I had searched PINTEREST high and low for tutorials, youtube videos, and found a few but I compiled all that I had found and put them all together. First, I want to say that this took about 3 hours time to complete, in which we thought it would be an ALL DAY affair!! I am excited about what the year is going to bring for our DIY’s, but even more excited to see my end result mostly. This is suppose to be my year of change, and I plan on doing more for my blog, shooting more YOUTUBE videos, blogging more, and showing you guys more home updates. Well, let’s get started.. In the photo above you see the finished bed, which is a KING size bed, and very sentimental because it was my mom’s bed, and she is no longer with me. This was a PIC of the finished product, and I was pretty pleased…I will take you step by step and show you how EASY this process was for whomever is thinking of this type of project.
This is a PIC of the headboard before we transformed it, into my work of ART! We chose the route of trying to keep the integrity of the headboard intact for the sake of the piece being sentimental to me. The headboard was removed, and we brought it to the living room to work since garage is too cold,and well you already know about the outside weather.
First, I measured my headboard which was about 72×48, and so as far as my fabric I chose a white upholstery type fabric, and also the buttons were more glammed out too!! I was so ready for this DIY, and I tried to do all my stops in one day so that I wouldn’t be making all these unneccesary trips to the store. These are the items we needed for the headboard below: HOME DEPOT and HOBBY LOBBY..
Black and Decker (Standard Drill, wireless) My recommendation prefer no CORDS. $40 sale (Home Depot)
Electric Tape- $4.00(Home Depot)
3/4 inch screws with washers( box of 100) $3.00 (Home Depot)
Fabric ($9.99 yd) (Hobby Lobby) (Purchased 3 yards
Buttons- 30 buttons ($2.99 bag) (Hobby Lobby)
Plywood- 3/4 inch thick (Home Depot)
Full size Egg Crate- 2 ($25.00 each) Wal-Mart
Plywood- 2×2 size (cut into smaller pieces to use as anchors) (HomeDepot)
Drywall Screws- 1 inch long (Home Depot)
batting- $4.00 roll (Hobby Lobby)
Stapler- Heavy Duty
Chalk Reel device- Helps make lines straight(DeWalt)
We gave you some close up shots of what we were using to recreate this head board, and also how we didn’t use a lot of parts to do this, or items.
We chose to use the plywood so that we could keep the integrity of the headboard, and also make this an easy DIY!! Most of the projects that I read on PINTEREST, or video they used an old very old headboard, or something they salvaged from Goodwill, or one of those thrift store finds. If you notice we had the 2×2 cut into smaller pieces so that we could use them as anchors for the headboard, and also we wanted a squared off head board, and knew the top was rounded off. If you can accomplish the rounded effect be my guest. Hubby decided to use the electrical tape to tape of parts of the anchors so that they wouldn’t rub against the headboard too much, or plywood that we were about to anchor on top of this. If you notice there is a sheet of plywood on the other side on the floor, and the headboard was flipped so we could work it out on the other side. We had everything cut at HOME DEPOT, and nothing was cut at home, we are NOT owners of a SAW, and had to be very ACCURATE in our measurements. They will cut it for you, and charge almost nothing to do that!
As you can see now we are ready to lay the other piece of plywood on the top to screw down, and we are using only drywall screws for this part, because we are driving them through the 2×2’s, and not the actual headboard. This job does require at least 2 people the plywood is heavier than you think. We are about 1 hour into this project, ans still happy, lol!!
Now that the plywood has been secured we start measuring where the tufts are going to go. Hubby actually had a very neat device that would give us a chalk line so that we would have straight rows with buttons. I measured while he put chalk lines in place, and I put buttons about 10 inches apart from each other. The second row was different because in order to make tufts I had to do every other row correspond with the row ahead of it. Such as if first row was 10 inches apart, 2nd row of buttons were 15 inches apart in between the first row which made the diamond patterns. Once chalk lines were there I went in with the tape measure, and “X” marks the spot, on where buttons were going to go. Every X that I marked I used a highlighter marker to mark it off, anything goes here, pen, sharpie, highlighter, marker etc.
We are 2 hours into this project still doing great , and we are ready to see the finish line though. Hubby and I work well together, most school teachers are required to regardless of circumstance, lol!! It’s late, and boys are asleep and will see the finished product in the morning, they are great helpers. Please don’t mind the mess, it will be back to normal in a bit.
Here I am stapling the egg crates to the plywood, please make sure to purchase a heavy duty stapler for this, and be careful NOT KID APPROPRIATE!! I went all the way around the headboard stapling to make sure that it was secure. The staples will NOT show up under tuft because of where the placement is. Some people don’t do this step because they use fabric glue and spray egg crate to the wood they are using. We have used fabric glue before, and didn’t like the end result.
Once I finished stapling my egg crates down, I went through before I did any cutting with my utility knife and found my “X” marks the spot, and made sure to pull the crate a little where you see the holes. Every hole that you see that is where the X is under the egg crate. Once I put the holes in the egg crate with my fingers, I move onto this step by cutting a diagonal pattern with my knife. The reason the holes are there is so that the tufts can be deeper, and more gorgeous.
Once I finished Tufting my holes and making slits, I used batting for extra cushion,and so that my fabric wouldn’t slide. This was an easy fix and I just searched for the deep holes that I made underneath.
This was my favorite part of the DIY, we used the 3/4 inch screws to make a deep tuft, we also made sure to use the washers with the 3/4 inch screw it created the look I was going for. We just pulled and tugged extremely tight around edges, and this was coming to a near end folks. 2.5 hours into this project and we are tired, but happy with results thus far. At this point we stand it up and make sure to secure the back.
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