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Yay! I’m excited to be typing out this post today. I have been thinking about and dreaming about making this headboard for months, but it kept getting put on the backburner until finally we made it happen last week!
Check out the before…
The fresh gray stripes make the bed look more sophisticated and elegant but still fun (which is very important). I had to take off the floral print pillow shams though, as they were competing a little too much visually with the stripes. It was just a little too much to take in! So I’m planning to switch out the bedding for neutral colored bedding, but maybe with a little more texture to contrast with the stripes.
And the headboard was actually pretty easy to do. I love that this really trendy look is so easy to DIY, making it approachable for most of us.
First you cut a sheet of plywood the size of your headboard. We wanted a thicker, more substantial headboard, so we framed the back of the plywood out with 2×3’s.
Then we cut out our foam to fit (not pictured) and secured it with hot glue. We actually cannibalized an old foam mattress for our foam. However, because the foam was thicker (about 1.75″), it was quite heavy and didn’t stick to the plywood that well. We didn’t want to use spray adhesive because it is quite high in VOCs, and we didn’t want to be breathing it in. We later solved the problem of the slightly loose foam by doing some simple button tufting.
After sticking the foam on, we wrapped the whole thing with polyester batting and then the fabric.
I used 3 yards of Premier Prints Canopy Stripe Twill Storm. I wanted a vertical stripe though, instead of horizontal, so I cut the fabric in half and sewed it together right in the middle with a seam along one of the stripes. You can’t even tell it’s there =).
We used a staple gun (and when our staple gun gave out, a hammer stapler), and tapped in any loose staples with a hammer.
This is how I folded the corners:
I wrapped the extra folded fabric on the inside first and stapled that down…
Then I folded the fabric right along the corner for a nice square corner.
At this point we added some simple button tufting using a button kit from Joanns, an upholstery needle, and waxed button thread (or upholstery thread). I didn’t take pictures of this step but here’s a great tutorial. We put in just 10 buttons, and they worked great for keeping the foam tight and secure. The extra tightness also helped smooth out some of the wrinkles that I couldn’t iron out.
I’m really happy with the finished product! It makes me feel like I’m waking up in a hotel every day.
I also feel like it is true to my personal style, which also makes me happy. It’s fresh, contemporary, and unfussy, but still elegant… Or at least I like to think so, ha!
As for how it’s attached, it is hung on the wall with brackets but is also sitting on the bed frame behind the mattress.
For some reason, the stripes remind me of Montreal. Kind of French-Canadian chic…=)!
Now for the bedding… I’m thinking of just going with a neutral taupe. I realize I love color way too much…and it’s best for me to add it in small doses with accessories rather than the big pieces. I think a taupe duvet cover will be a nice canvas for printed pillows, throws, etc… What do you think?
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It occurred to me lately that the guestroom pictures I have up on this site don’t reflect the current style of the guest room.
This is what it looks like now:
I apologize for the harsh light but this was the only time of day I could find to take this picture…it’s been a busy day.
It used to look like this:
I liked the red and white scheme for a while but decided I wanted something a little more grown up. Also, the bohemian sheer curtains were pretty but didn’t block any light…kind of the opposite of what you want in a bedroom. So I bought some ticking stripe fabric and clipped it up for curtains (just before my parents came to stay for a couple of weeks).
There are some framed pictures in the chair that I haven’t gotten a chance to put up yet…
I picked up this little mid century nightstand for $5 at a neighbor’s garage sale. I moved one of the old lamps from the master bedroom into this room.
This room is getting a little closer to where I want it to be. but there still needs to be a lot more COLOR added. I do like having a base of neutrals and adding colors on top of it. Unfortunately the budget doesn’t really allow me to go all out shopping for accessories, haha! Which brings me to my next point…
I sometimes wish I had unlimited funds to decorate, not necessarily to buy expensive stuff, but because it would be so much easier to get things consistently looking “my style”. Our current style is much more about finding thrifty deals, making them over, using what we have, building our own, etc… I sometimes wistfully think about HOW I would decorate a room if I could make it all over completely. It’s totally unrealistic, haha =). But on the other hand, there’s also something really cool about looking at the great things we’ve found for a song, and seeing how everything in our home has gradually gotten collected or created.
Like that mid century nightstand — I mean, it’s definitely a high to find something that cool at a garage sale for five bucks. Or for example, look at some of the really awesome things that Chris has created, like the rustic DIY dining table, or the industrial chandelier, or even the lamps that I just spray painted. If we had an unlimited budget we never would have found/created those things. So…I guess frugality begets creativity. And the real fun is in the process.
I mean, sure, it would be fun to go to Restoration Hardware and buy everything to furnish my house, but then… my home would just look like a RH catalog.
It’s easy to compare your home with others (especially all those gorgeous blogs out there) and wish you had similar things, but at the end of the day it’s more satisfying to use your creativity and the ingenuity you never would have used otherwise, right?
Plus, what do you do when your home is DONE?
Yay I have an office chair!
Remember this handsome guy? I called him my grandpa chair:
I really wanted to keep him but sadly his arms didn’t fit under my newly refinished desk. But I really loved this guy’s midcentury features, the shiny leather next to the walnut wood, the tufted seat, and the fact that he was in AMAZING condition. Fortunately I was able to sell him for a decent price to someone who I think will appreciate his awesomeness. Now I imagine him living a comfortable life in hipsterland surrounded by his midcentury peers.
ANYWAY, back to my new chair. I couldn’t find a cute office chair that didn’t look too “office-y”. This office area is in our bedroom and we only use it for household stuff, so I didn’t want it to get too businesslike and potentially stressful. I ended up choosing the Lydia dining chair from World Market.
It’s a nice neutral steel gray in a lovely soft velvet so I think it’ll go well anywhere in the house if I decide to move it later. I’m going to make a more poppy, colorful cushion to go on it to bring in more color.
I like that it’s kind of a more feminine shape, which is kind of what I’m going for in the bedroom.
The nailhead trim makes it a little more interesting from the back, since that’s the first view when you enter the room.
There’s not too much going on on the desk right now, which is just how I like it.
Oh and you may have noticed the closet doors are back on after having been newly painted bright white. I need to get some cute knobs for them now.
This view is nice too:
I guess baby approves.
I’m actually really glad I was able to sell the old chair and use the money toward something that suited the space better. Oh, and the new chair was 15% off and I had a $10 reward that I used on it so that really helped to alleviate any buyer’s guilt too =).
I love January. If only because I feel like I’ve gotten more done in the past 3 weeks than I have in the past 3 MONTHS! We’ve really been on a roll in terms of getting on projects that have been dragging on and finally finishing them up.
For example, this midcentury modern desk was given to us by Chris’ parents several months ago. I immediately loved the clean lines, but I wasn’t so keen on the scuffed and stained desktop.
I actually didn’t mind the blond wood finish but all these marks needed to go:
This desk is NOT solid wood, sadly. The desktop is a thin wood veneer. I thought that I could still sand the finish down so that I could re-stain it. It was a very delicate process. In retrospect I should have applied a stripping product to it first, but in my impatience I just started sanding away. I sanded down most of the stains and then applied Minwax Jacobean, a dark espresso stain. It hid most of the remaining stains.
Here’s the final product.
As you can see, on the drawers I ended up sanding through the veneer at certain points (the darker spots on the drawer fronts). The wood beneath took the stain darker. So it’s not perfect but I really don’t mind the dark spots. They just look more weathered.
I sanded the main body of the desk and I painted it with an oil-based primer (Zinsser Cover Stain) which in my opinion helps to cover bleed-through better than water based. Its superior sticking power also provides greater durability on an already-finished surface. Then I used Behr Alkyd paint (I can’t remember the color but it is very close to white) for a final two coats. And yes, you can put water-based paint over oil-based primer.
I love Alkyd paint for furniture applications. It’s the same paint I used on the kitchen table:
Water-based alkyd paint dries to a super hard finish just like oil paint but it’s less toxic and cleans up with water. It has better self-leveling properties than regular latex and goes on super smooth with a brush. It also doesn’t dry tacky like regular latex paints can. These paints are fairly new, but I think they will become more and more popular.
I finished the stained portions with oil-based polyurethane (applied with a brush). I love that stuff, even though it is super stinky (be sure to wear a ventilator rated to filter VOCs). It dries so smooth and glossy and is super durable.
So now the little office nook in the master bedroom is starting to take shape. The only problem is that this desk is quite small, and the AWESOME vintage office chair I picked up doesn’t fit under it very well:
I seriously love this chair and consider it one of my greatest estate sale finds. The faux leather is in PRISTINE condition, and the frame is made of a beautiful wood that looks like teak. The previous owner had it in the den and must not have sat there much. It doesn’t even need to be reupholstered. I wish it worked with the desk but the desk is just too small to accommodate those lovely curved arms. So either I sell the chair…or I change out the desk. And after all the work I just put into the desk, I’m a bit loath to get rid of it!
Oh first world problems…
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I’ve been busy doing a big January purge this last week, as I’m sure many of you are. I actually cleaned out my fridge for the first time in…well, let’s just say, WAY too long. I purged a bunch of clothes (mine and the baby’s), cleaned out one of the master bedroom closets (and we built shelves for it, which has given us a LOT more storage), cleaned out my pantry, and started clearing out space in the “attic/loft” storage area.
As part of this purging process, I’ve started to crave simpler decor. I mean, having lots of knick-knacks is nice but sometimes the best-looking house is just a minimal, neat one. So for example, in the family room I changed up the decor on the fireplace mantel to make it a bit more monochromatic and simple. This is how it looks now.
Whereas this is how it looked before:
It’s quite a bit less busy now and more restful to the eyes.
I pared down my milk glass collection to just a few favorites.
I’m not a fan of fake flowers in general but these gold eucalyptus branches don’t even look like they’re TRYING to be real, so they’re ok (plus they were $1 a stem on clearance at Michaels).
As some of you may have noticed, we got a new chair. The “modern” wingback is from the IKEA as-is section marked down from $300 to $150. It was in great condition and we wanted a chair for that corner so we got it. After several parties where we had people sitting on the FLOOR in that corner we realized we needed to get a chair there.
It is definitely quite a bit darker than I would like, but with a toddler using this room as her playroom, it’s just safer and more practical. Crayon, pen and food stains practically disappear into the dark fabric. The family room is our “comfortable” room, not our “showcase” room haha. Plus I can always sew a slipcover for it someday if I decide I want to brave such a big project =). It is actually a really sturdy and comfy chair.
Chris is totally going to roll his eyes at me, but I’m thinking of switching up the pillow covers to keep them a little more consistent with each other in color. I might head over to Home Fabrics this afternoon to see what they have.
Do you feel an urge to purge in January? What have you been doing?
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