Sunday, February 21, 2010


It's time for a new project! Ever since we bought a king-sized bed 18 years ago we have not had a headboard. I was tired of losing my pillow down between the bed and the wall, but couldn't decide what type of headboard I wanted. The problem was that I absolutely love our bedroom furniture, which my parents purchased new in 1937. It is walnut and the quality is wonderful. The set consists of a four-drawer chest of drawers, a dressing table with bench, and a full-sized four-poster bed. Pictured below is the chest and the dressing table. The bed is up in the attic waiting to be reunited with the others someday in the far future. The bedstead is so beautiful, I just couldn't make myself somehow cut it up to make a king-sized headboard.

I had been thinking an upholstered headboard just might be the thing; then, Bob brought home these pieces of a former twin-size head & foot board that he salvaged. So we decided to use the posts in combination with the upholstery. After Bob redid the posts, he cut 2 pieces of plywood for the base of the upholstery.

We then upholstered the plywood with 1" batting and the toile fabric that matches the dust ruffle. We added the antique brass tack strip 1 1/2 inches in.

I always like to finish the back of anything - you never know when part of it will show. So we stapled this fabric on the back, and covered the staples by gluing on the gimp.

The three posts were attached to the two upholstery boards, and now we have a fast and inexpensive headboard that compliments our great walnut furniture!

I'm joining in on Metamorphosis Monday this week hosted by Susan at
Between Naps on the Porch
Check out her blog for a list of all of the participants.


Marilyn said...

Very, very good! The fabric that you used looks like it belongs with the older furniture pieces. Thanks for sharing.

Mimi said...

Beautiful, love the fabric!

Manuela@TPOH said...

How gorgeous! I love that you were so creative with those pieces. It looks really fabulous and I've always loved that fabric!


PAT said...

This is beautiful, Sally! I love the fabrics. The walnut pieces are gorgeous.

Shelia said...

Oh, Sally! Bob and you are absolutely the smartest ones! This is awesome! I love your new pretty headboard and that fabric is beautiful! You're really better that just the smartest one - after all, your covered the back! It's beautiful too. I see a pillow made from the fabric that I used in my kitchen for the little cafe curtains! Oh, I love your olden furniture and you made a gorgeous headboard.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Just wonderful and hubs out did yourself with this headboard...I love that it matches your other fabrics and how cool to have your parents bedroom set...Thanks for sharing this my friend...Hugs and smiles Gloria

Allison Shops said...

Beautiful job - I've always loved that fabric.

Drop by to see my home on tour this week at AtticMag,

Chaos Cottage said...

That is really pretty and goes well with your 1937 furniture.

Anonymous said...

Well friend it doesn't look like you are taking it easy to me!! What a great job on this frame- and the fabric is just wonderful!!

Still taking wallpaper down. Bill bought me a small scaffold for early Mother's day - it is helping alot!! Not nearly so bad on my back with the ladder and twisting going on!
I still have probably 1/3 more till I am finished- I only have a few hours here and there so it is taking longer than I would like.

We will be gone next week as we have some fellow missionary friends who are going to Calif for a conference and need us to watch their children 7 months and 2 years old- prayer are appreciated!!!


Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Great results, Sally! That fabric is lovely! Beautiful job!


Treasia Stepp said...

What a gorgeous headboard you have now. It's beautiful. I love the fabric as well.

Sue said...

Hi Sally..hope tonight finds you feeling good and by the looks of it you and Bob are keeping busy...What perfect fabric to go with your perfect furniture....Bob did a great job with the headboard and with your newly fixed shoulder we couldn't have you reaching behind the bed to retrieve pillows so I would say it was perfect timing!

bj said...

O, Sally....this is WONDERFUL. It's a work of art and you and hubby are so so smart to think of this. How it ties in with your pretty furniture is a stroke of genius. FABULOUS JOB!!

xinex said...

Wow! You did a great job, Sally! The headboard is perfect and the fabric is pretty and everything is so well coordinated...Christine

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Sally, I LOVE this headboard! That fabric is beautiful, and how clever to use the posts from the twin beds. I'm so glad I scrolled down to see this. laurie