Okay, so maybe calling myself lazy isn’t completely fair. After all, this post is about me making an upholstered headboard when I was 9 months pregnant and finishing it when I had a newborn. Maybe this is a mix of lazy and frugal. Either way, this is the story of how I made an upholstered headboard for Ike’s big boy bed with as little effort as possible and without spending a dime, all in time for the winter edition of the Pinterest Challenge, to boot!
(The Pinterest Challenge is a challenge issued by four fun and friendly bloggers to get all of us psyched up to actually make something that has been hanging out on one of our Pinterest boards for all too long. See more about our lovely hostesses at the end of this post! Oh, and you can follow me on Pinterest, too!)
The last time you heard about the nursery, we were making plans to adjust the room to accommodate our newest addition. This meant moving Ike out of the crib and into a big boy bed. We decided to go for a twin bed and set it up the weekend after Christmas. He took to it instantly, and enjoyed jumping on it from the beginning…
We positioned the bed against the two walls to help keep the kiddo in place at night and tucked a piece of the old crib bumper under the sheet as a “rail” (so far so good), but since Ike doesn’t really sleep with a pillow, he was constantly hitting his head against the wall. And so, a headboard was actually rather necessary.
But here is where my frugality and laziness come in. The way I see it, this room might very well make several transitions over the next few years as it houses a toddler and a newborn and then two toddlers. I have no idea how long this headboard will be needed, so I didn’t want to invest a lot in it. So, I looked for something simple to replicate.
This was one of my favorite inspirations on Pinterest (although more ornate than I planned to do), the original post for which can be found here on The Shabby Nest blog. (If you like this image, please click through to the original site and “pin it” from there!)
Just as DIYers before me, I cut a piece of plywood to size, covered it with batting and then fabric.
Here comes lazy/frugal step number one: instead of buying more fabric to complete this project, I used scraps from our DIY cornices and crib skirt and pieced them together. Yes, there are a few seams, but it works.
I wrapped the fabric tightly around the plywood and batting and stapled it down.
And here comes lazy/frugal step number two. We just screwed this thing to the wall. No special hanging gear and no tufting. Nope, we just pushed two screws through into studs. Chris and I did this part together when I was hugely pregnant and while Ike was climbing around our feet trying to “help,” so sadly our screws didn’t even line up with each other. And the fabric got a bit twisted around the screws. It didn’t look very polished.
And then it stayed this way for about a month and a half.
Do you think my toddler will be traumatized by his mangled headboard? Me neither.
But alas, the Pinterest Challenge finally inspired me to finish this project once and for all. In a third step of extreme laziness, I took a scrap of fabric from Ike’s quilt, cut it with pinking shears, and glued it to the headboard with fabric glue to hide the screws. It took me less than 10 minutes.
No, this headboard won’t be showing up in a magazine any time soon, but it is functional, it was inexpensive, and it was easy. And it works just perfectly for the potentially short time that our two-year-old little man’s bed will be in this exact spot.
Remember Ollie the elephant doll, the original inspiration for our nursery? My mom made this for me when I was a little girl and gave the doll some proper boy clothes when we found out Ike was a boy.
Don’t tell Ike, but his new little brother was trying out the big boy bed. While the cat is away, the mice will play…
And here is a wider view of Ike’s little nook, complete with the poms, stars and mirror that originally hung over his crib. He is still using the quilt I made for his crib, so I’ll eventually need to get proper big boy bedding. But for now it is just perfect for him.
What do you think? Are you embarrassed for me and my headboard? Or do you agree that this will suffice until we figure out the long-term plans for this room? I’m just psyched that I might have used the last of the yellow elephant and ikat fabric!
Now, if you want to be inspired, please head on over to the blogs of our four Pinterest Challenge hostesses and see what everyone else has been up to!
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