Thursday, August 2, 2012

Burlap Covered Headboard

I was reading Centsational Girl Ten Things to Hang Above A Bed and there was the idea I needed - puffy headboard pictures. I could do that. I've been redoing DGS's bedroom on the very cheap - use what is around if at all possible. In my previous post Evolution of Space one of the projects on the still to do list was make/replace the headboard on his bed. (When transitioning out of his crib we added the crib head and footboards to his big boy bed. The footboard was removed a few years ago and really, that headboard needed replacing.)

I made collages with PicMonkey and Posterized this one. It makes the headboard much more impressive.
Here are the before and after comparisons, and the pictures below show the 'how'.
No sewing. Used a staple gun, clamps to hold things in place, utility knife, my good sewing scissors, a piece of foam left over from another project and a piece of lovely burlap that has a plasticized sticky coating on the back and NO burlap smell. The burlap piece I used was the only new cost, used about $4.00's worth. Bought it here at the Olde Vintage Farmhouse Market in June this year from ReVamp.
(picture taken June 23/12)
here is the sequence...
Looked around my store room to see what I could use - dug out foam, quilt batting, loose burlap (big smell factor) and the plastic backed burlap (no smell), a utility knife, scissors, a Power Stapler, a blue stapler, finally found my box of staples, whew, and four clamps. Used the clamps to hold the foam in place, trimmed the foam with the utility knife. Stapled the foam to the crib head board. Decided to try and square the shape, stuffed in some extra foam on the top edges.
 Tried the burlap over the foam, cut off what seemed about the right amount. The blood is from holding the Power staple gun backwards and with great pressure stapling my hand. I could NOT believe I did that. It hurt! Washed, added polysporin, taped, finished the job and then went upstairs, washed it again, put on fucidin and a new tape.
To carry on, draped the burlap, stapled the front piece (on to the back of the headboard) and then stapled the back piece ditto.
The corners aren't as square as I had planned, but - works ok, looks better and much more age appropriate (DGS age 9 now). Next to find - a brown comforter maybe with in a cozy fabric like flannel.
After some bedtime discussion it turns out that DGS would like some BRIGHT colours in the room so we discussed and looked at many colours of glass stones, especially red, yellow, green and blue and he decided that it would be ok to use bulletin boards and add as much colour as he wants and he can change things and display his choices.
Project cost: $4.00 for burlap.
Time: 1 hour (including finding everything and putting things away).

New sharing with Donna of Funky Junk Interiors: Junk Party: Burlap

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  1. I am LOVING this!!!! What a perfect project!
    Bet he loves this 'transformation!'

    I love the thrill of doing something wonderful on a shoe string budget. YOU are a WINNER!!

  2. Looks so much better! LOVE me some burlap! You did a great job :)

  3. Wonderful project...getting creative is so much fun. I have enjoyed my visit. I am your newest follower. I hope you stop by for a visit and follow along.

  4. Ooh, I love it! There is nothing like burlap to make it homey, and it goes with everything. Wanna come do mine next?

  5. It's beautiful! Sort of how we did my quilted headboard. On the cheap!

  6. Great idea but owww that staple looks like it hurt!!! Thank you for sharing at The "Sunday Stop".

  7. OMG what a budget project. Great new look for such a small amount of money. Way to go! Thanks for sharing at the Cabin:)


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