I guess it can’t be called an update since I have never shown it to you before, but to me it is definitely an update. Let me paint the picture for you: cold cinderblock walls (that you aren’t allowed to drill holes into) and hideous carpet. The wonderful thing about my room is that my lovely husband gave me the closet, and he took the one in the spare bedroom. Look how awesome!
Okay, back to the real reason for this post. My semi-update. My husband and I made the most beautiful headboard for our bed. It is so classy and chic and I love it to pieces. Here is the process:
We bought a large piece of OSB (yeah, the cheap stuff. who cares?! no one sees it!) from Lowes. Since we don’t have a truck, we had to cut the board in half to get it home, which meant my husband had to put it back together before we could do anything. I wanted it to look like one I had seen when I googled DIY Headboard, so we ended up cutting out the corners. I traced where I wanted and he jigsawed it out on our balcony.
Next came covering it. I got the batting for half off, so I was able to put three layers on to make it soft and cushy. It was pure luck, JoAnns was having a sale and it was 50% off! NICE!
Here is how it looked after three layers of batting.
Next came the fabric. We were lucky again, because JoAnns had all of their home decorating fabric for 60% off! Gotta love that! This part was harder than the batting, mostly because it did’nt stretch at all. It worked well for the most part.
(see how we put it back together? sneaky sneaky!) I don’t know how I could have done it better, but there was quite a bit of challenge in pulling the fabric tight on those cut-outs that I made him do. There were lots of puckers.
I was really concerned about that, but my husband assured me that the nail head trim would completely hide it.
To do the trim (at first) I just measured down how low I wanted it with the painters tape, and then I measured out the spacing for the nail heads and marked the tape. I thought I was a genius! I wasn’t…
Real Talk Right Here:MY NAIL HEADS WERE TERRIBLE! I hated the puckering, and I couldn’t for the life of me get them to be in a straight line! They started out straight, but I wasn’t so great at the hammering part so they would bend and it was so crooked. I hated it, but I really thought I would have to live with it.
Then, when we went to buy more nail heads, we saw a package of pre-spaced nail heads with holes on every fifth or sixth one so you could just hammer it in. SO much easier! Here is what it looks like when you buy it.
I bought them. I didn’t even care if that was cheating. They are straight and beautiful and almost impossible to screw up.
There, see? SO much better. Straight and gorgeous and perfect. See how cute it looks with my little blue nightstand?
You can see I’m trying, right? There isn’t much to work with, but we really are trying to make this apartment into a home. We can’t paint, or hang things but we are doing what we can. The headboard takes up a nice amount of wall space, and it adds significant warmth to the room.
So there, my almost (not really) bedroom update. Even though you can’t see a before, I am sure you can still see the improvement! Click my Link Parties tab to see where I will be linking!
Have a great day!