How to Upholster a Headboard ~ The Sweetest Digs

Every single time I see an upholstered headboard, I’m tempted to repurpose our existing furniture so I can DIY one myself. Today Gemma from The Sweetest Digs shares her DIY headboard tutorial.

Tips on How to Make an Upholstered Headboard

Gemma’s poor pillows on her “before” bed had no where to lean or rest…

no headboard

Easy, affordable solution? A DIY upholstered headboard of course! Here’s how she did it…

She purchased her fabric and batting then had Home Depot cut her 1/4″ plywood to the right size (using measurements for her bed).

She laid out the batting on her dining room table.


Next she laid her plywood in the center and stapled the batting to the backside.

batting on plywood

Next, she ironed her fabric and laid it out on the dining room table…

fabric for headboard

She laid her plywood in the center and stapled the fabric (starting with the long ends)…

stapling DIY headboard

and ending at the corners…

stapling corners

It’s hanging in place using French cleats (shown here).

Ta-da! Seriously, she made that look so easy, didn’t she? Who knew it was THAT simple and the result? Stunning! The best part? Total cost: $98! Woo hoo! Thanks so much for sharing, Gemma!

DIY upholstered headboard

Love it! A beautiful inexpensive way to accessorize with color and pattern! See the full original post with more detailed instructions {and more DIY from Gemma} at

The Sweetest Digs

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Decorating Ideas Made Easy ~ Beautiful Master Bedroom Makeover

Hi DIY friends! I’d like to introduce you to Jennifer from

Decorating Ideas Made Easy

Jennifer’s website is all about teaching others about interior decorating on a budget and she also runs a blog where she highlights different projects. It’s so fun ‘e-meeting’ others who share our love of decorating. Jennifer is also an interior decorator, and runs her own business. I’ve enjoyed browsing the links on her side bar.

decorating ideas made easy

Today she is sharing her beautiful master bedroom makeover which started with beige walls and two pieces of faux finished furniture. Jennifer was ready for some soft color and a calm relaxing retreat. She started with choosing a “Gray Shell” by Porter Paints for the walls because of it’s blue undertone.

rustic beach bedroom

{the headboard is an old door!}

Then she painted her furniture white to create a clean and fresh look and purchased bamboo blinds and sheer curtains to soften the room.

painted white dresser

Her search for quality and affordable bedding resulted in finding pretty blue damask pattern set at 65% off. Lucky girl! It’s so pretty!

diy door headboard

Accessorizing the room with a ruffled pillow, bench and lamps were layered into the room. I love her choice of decorative accents.

ruffled pillow decorative accents

As her budget began to run low, her DIY creativity kicked in and she created a beautiful unique piece for $7 for above the bed. So sweet!

DIY wall art

Didn’t she do an amazing job on a tight budget? I think it’s so peaceful and relaxing. I want to snuggle up in that bed after a long week! I’d have a hard time leaving!  See more details on this master bedroom makeover at Decorating Ideas Made Easy. 

master bedroom makeover
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DIY inspiration from the Project Parade

These links in the DIY Project Parade are inspiration to me personally this week. I’m so thankful to all of the talented blog friends who take the time to link up and show off…it’s just the motivation I need for a few things I have going on with helping my sister decorate her new home next month.

Carmel at Our Fifth House shared her DIY pegboard headboard and I’ve been looking for budget friendly DIY ideas to surprise my nephew. Isn’t this awesome? I love all of the DIY details in this room. And I need to make that bed frame too! Great job, Carmel!

DIY pegboard headboard

My teenage niece is going to want a glam bedroom and I see a pretty DIY chandelier makeover in my near future like this beautiful one shared by Ada’s Interior Design

DIY chandelier makeover

We’re going to need some fabric and Dear Emmeline has reminded me that repurposing vintage curtains {sheets too} is a beautiful, affordable option with yard sale season in full swing…

see the coffee table and end table tops:

coffee table makeover

My sister has an old dining room table and a thrift store eat-in kitchen table and we can’t wait to give them a ‘makeover’. The table makeover from Art is Beauty is bookmarked in our idea folder…

table and chairs makeover

As soon as my sister goes back to FL to pack up the last of her things, I’m sneaking over to redo her master bedroom. I’d love to surprise her with a beautiful romantic master bedroom. Have you seen the master bedroom reveal at Raising Up Rubies? Breathtaking!

master bedroom reveal

Have you seen the awesome links in the DIY Project Parade this week? Have you linked up your DIY? Time to ‘show off’! Let’s see what you’ve been up to:

DIY Project Parade

TGIF! Have a wonderful long holiday weekend!

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Seaside Shelter

Meet:  Dani from

Seaside Shelter blog

The guest room in Dani’s house has been redone more times than any other room in their house. It has housed numerous guests, served as a home office, slept an infant son, housed two foster daughters and was most recently turned into a sitting/television/game room. Spring has arrived in Newport and Dani has lots of overnight company so as of last week the “round room” as they call it, is back to- and will forever remain – The Guest Room.
The biggest challenge in choosing a purpose for this room has been that it is round. The room is actually a turret with only the inside wall being flat. It’s good sized, 16′ in diameter, but without flat walls, where do you put your furniture?
Secondly, if you stand in the center of the room and speak, your voice will swirl around your head in the most awkward and uncomfortable echo (the office concept was short lived).
Dani took down the matchstick shades to make the wood a real focal point to create a clean, white backdrop.
DIY plank/pallet headboard.”drift”…
Shopping around the house is always budget friendly! The basket that held the kid’s video games now holds spare blankets for guests.
Antique ceiling tin accented lamp…
Hemp tie-back accent has a nautical feel and adds texture…
I LOVE Dani’s latest yard sale finds too!
beautiful after…
Get the details at Seaside Shelter Turquoise.
Beautiful, right? You can see more from Dani at Seaside Shelter. YOU MUST SEE HER HOME before and after. What an amazing change! I can’t wait to see more!

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Drop Cloth Headboard Tutorial

Don’t you just love a good Pottery Barn inspired DIY project? I’m so inspired when I see something not in my budget recreated for a fraction of the price and it’s rewarding. Stretching a budget further with more to spend in other areas or just the ability to have the same look when it’s not otherwise possible. Meet: Susanne from

Tenth Avenue South blog

Can you believe that her headboard is a do-it-yourself version, upholstered using a drop cloth?

DIY Master Bedroom Makeover

You all know Jaime from  that's my letter blog

right? Well, in case you missed it or just in case you don’t ‘know’ her yet, I’d like to introduce you to a super creative, talented DIY blogger. She claims “All DIY all the time” and she’s not kidding.

She always has some amazing do-it-yourself projects to share and most recently, a truly awesome master bedroom makeover full of DIY projects with detailed tutorials on how you can give your room or even other areas of your home a fresh new low-cost look. Here are just a few of the before/after photos.

master bedroom before

master bedroom after

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Mini Bedroom Makeover ~ Because I Like to Decorate

Meet:  Mary from

because i like to decorate...

Like me, Mary has a neglected master bedroom.  She decided that while her husband was away, she’d sneak in a surprise mini makeover. It might be a mini-makeover but the result is HUGE.

This is what her master bedroom looked like before.

Mary says that when they moved in, they placed the furniture and walked away. Does this look at all familiar? Inspired by DIY headboards all over the internet, Mary set out to DIY her own. She used Home Depot stocks 6′ long pre-cut boards for about $5.50 a piece. It took six boards that she stained then screwed them to the wall using a course drywall screw.
They also needed some lighting changes, so she picked up these nightstand lights as well as the ceiling fan and called a very generous friend to come install them last-minute.
She brought in Hayden – the antique cedar chest to frame the foot of the bed, and also picked up a few nightstand accessories…
…including this super-cool motorcycle statue that she couldn’t resist for my husband’s side of the bed. Super cute!
To keep things practical, she used books that her husband actually reads topped with a couple vintage, old-looking books. (great tip, Mary!)

And finally, she purchased this rug to frame out the space and add a little texture and dimension.

Isn’t it beautiful? Just some quick DIY and accessories and a completely new look!  Awesome, Mary!  See more from Mary at Because I Like to Decorate.

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{AKA} Design – Reclaimed Headboard (and more)

Sometimes you just see an inspiring DIY project and make plans to add on a bedroom to your home, right?  Okay, so that’s a little extreme but it is a dream of mine after seeing this gorgeous reclaimed wood-look headboard. Too bad that the 3 beds in our house are a poster bed, a sleigh bed and my daughter’s French provincial.  Otherwise, you’d see me making my version of this DIY rustic beauty from Shannon at {AKA} Design. 
I even love the super cute burlap banner…
Looks like real barn wood, doesn’t it?  Sometimes that’s not always available so Shannon and her husband made their own.  They did a pretty realistic job, don’t you think?
It’s a perfect accent to her inspiration board…dreamy bedroom!
You can find the “how to” at
as well as some other amazing DIY ideas to inspire your next project…
(click the picture to follow the link)
There is so much more to see. And what I love about Shannon’s DIY is that they’re not only beautiful and affordable, she makes DIY look easy!  Check out her super adorable digital prints too!  So sweet!
Thanks so much for sharing your creativity and inspiration, Shannon & Dean.  🙂

Love Your Room

Shoshana from Love Your Room has some amazing talent. She’s an interior designer and has been featured at HGTV and Let me show you why that is! She can be inspired by a pizza box and make her home office look like this:


What?!  Yep.  Huge pizza box = large stencil.  Gorgeous, isn’t it?  I love it!  You can see her full post with more pictures at Home Office Inspired by a Pizza Box (including a how-to).
She also has a Super Easy (at least her headboard tutorial makes it look easy) DIY headboard. Cost = $63!

And finally, looking for more photo wall inspiration and tips on how to make it look great?  

Shoshana – LOVE YOUR ROOM!  Thank you so much for sharing your awesome, helpful tutorials!

See more of her blog at Love Your Room< span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: 14px;"> for lots of great tips and inspiration for your next DIY project.

Beautiful Inspirations, Beautiful Bed

When someone falls in love with something (either furniture, decor or even an entire room in a magazine) and inspiration to DIY hits – they’re inspiring. Sometimes I can’t afford the things I want but when I can re-create it with my own two hands (or our four hands), it’s so rewarding. Money saved.  Pride in work.  This was the case with Kari from Beautiful Inspirations and her husband.  This is the Colette bed from Crate and Barrel.  Price tag $1799.

Here is Kari’s DIY version at just $300…
Yea. Stunning, huh? I heard you gasp.  They did a little of this…
and this…
and a little of that…
and some of this…
and you can see the entire process here:

The New Bed: Part 1

and here:

The New Bed: Part 2

Beautiful. Inspiration. 
Beautiful Inspirations
Thank you Kari for sharing your hard work. Good luck with the nail head trim but for now…the bed even at 99% is gorgeous and I am in love and inspired. Super job!
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Bed Envy!

Kate from Twenty-six to Life is giving her master bedroom a makeover.   Uncertainty didn’t deter her from getting the bed and storage she wanted from PB.   She wasn’t sure she could pull off building a bed but a DIY’er dives right in!  Using Ana White’s plans as a guide, Kate and her husband built this amazing PB inspired Stratton bed…
Kate also designed and created a beautiful tufted headboard using a pretty damask print…
It’s awesome, Kate!  LOVE the big fluffy down comforter too…snuggling up in your new big bed has to be so rewarding!  It looks like the dogs agree!
You can find more information on Kate’s original posts:

There’s more good stuff where that came from!  There’s a DIY label at the top of her blog.  Check it out!  I’m so inspired.  We have plans to build an Ana White design as well…crossing my fingers that it turns out this gorgeous too!  Looking to be a brave DIY furniture builder?  GREAT designs at Warning – you’ll be motivated to put on some safety glasses and grab your tools!  If you’ve already created something beautiful with Ana White’s direction, I’d love to see it!  I’ve been meaning to ‘show off’ her site for a while now.  What better way than to share your projects?!

DIY Headboard and Dresser Makeover

Danica is a new blogger.  In fact, as I type this to introduce you to her, I’m her only follower.  Inspired by other bloggers, she just started her blog, Our Northern Home, to document her DIY projects.  Check out her DIY headboard which she made using a 5 panel door:

A “free” dresser before:

becomes a beautiful piece of furniture after…

You can see the DIY details at Our Northern Home.
Welcome to blogging, Danica!  Thank you for sharing your beautiful DIY projects.  Look forward to seeing more!  
If you have a blog, remember how it felt starting out, wondering if anyone would read or comment?  Making new blog friends and the encouragement is my favorite part of blogging.  If you have a minute, pop over to see Danica’s projects at Our Northern Home and give her a dose of bloggy love.  Knowing someone reads and took the time to stop by makes blogging worth every minute.  🙂
What are you working on this weekend?  DIY Project Parade coming up!