I am super excited to finally share with you the how-to on my DIY headboard. Being my first upholstery project I was unsure how it would turn out, but I am in love!! I am so proud that I built it and find it romantic that My husband and I finished it together. It is a constant reminder that we work well together!
- White canvas aka duck cloth (2 1/3 yard x 56”)
- Trellis allover stencil
- Repositionable Spray Adhesive
- Yudu fabric ink in silver and gunmetal bronze
- Foam roller
- Fabric scrap (to iron and heat set ink)
- Wrapping paper roll (optional for fabric storage purposes)
- 1/2” MDF (cut to size)
- Pencil and paper for making a pattern
- Two King Sized Foam Egg Crates
- Air compressor with air stapler
1. Iron your upholstery fabric so it will lie flat to stencil.
2. Spray the back of your stencil with re-positionable adhesive and place it at the corner of your fabric making sure the stencil is straight. Using the small foam roller go over the stencil with the Yudu fabric ink. (I used about 6 Tbs of silver to 1 Tbs of Gunmetal. I just wanted it a little darker.)
3. Keep aligning your stencil and painting the fabric with the foam roller until your kitchen looks like this. Fabric draped over your bar, stools, and table. I couldn’t believe how crisp the lines came out with the stencil. The adhesive made it so easy! As you can see I did quite a it more fabric than listed above because I was covering another project as well.
4. Once the fabric is dry, you can roll it up on to a wrapping paper roll to store without wrinkling if you are like me and do this project over two Saturdays.
5. Be sure to heat set the ink with your iron so it wears better. Lay a thin fabric scrap over the ink and iron.
6. Now comes the fun part! Pull out the wood and the power tools and get to building! My friends at Lowe’s had complete confidence in me and helped me pick out the perfect jigsaw. Not gonna lie, I was a little nervous using it for the first time (see my little practice cut on the corner), but I was surprised how easy it was. Seriously, I am a girly girl, if I can do it you can too!
From here, I will actually refer you to the awesome Beckie from Infarrantly Creative because I used her upholstered headboard tutorial and it rocks!
The only thing I did differently from here is I chose to do a little less point in my curve. Otherwise, I followed it exactly until the installation part.
I was totally lucky and there was place on my bed frame that the headboard slid in to perfectly and was then held in place by the mattresses. The only problem was the chair rail. I solved that by buying some furniture sliding pads (also at Lowe’s) and velcroing them to the back so the wood would not rub on the chair rail.
Can you believe I made this?! I am still in shock. My pride is abundant.
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