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Headboard Makeover

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Updating a 90's headboard to a sleek contemporary look.
Do you guys remember this ever so popular bedroom set, "Fontane by Broyhill"? Heck, even Raymond and Debra had the set on Everybody Loves Raymond. Well, I needed a headboard for my son's room but if you know me you'd know I don't buy new furniture often. I buy used and do a make-over. Well I got this headboard at a yard sale and decided to make it more manly for my 18 year old. I filled in the cut-outs with some pallet wood that I glued onto the back to stabilize the thin plywood I upholstered. I used a basket weave, zig zag vinyl fabric and put a button right in the middle to give it character. I think it makes a huge difference in his room (I painted the walls last month).
Here are some pictures of the process. I cut some pallet wood to fit in the empty spaces so that the thin piece of plywood wouldn't bow when leaned against it.
I glued them down and ran screws through the back.
I taped together two paper bags and taped them onto the headboard.
I used a pizza cutter to map my pattern.
I cut the pattern and laid it on the thin sheet of plywood and cut it with a jigsaw.
I added Styrofoam and cut it to former with an electric knife. I used spray adhesive to glue the foam to the board, them covered the foam with batting and again used the spray adhesive between the two layers. I laid the 2 pieces of vinyl that I had sewn together, added the button I covered and stapled it to the back.
Then after I painted the bed I attached the upholstered foam with screws from the back.
I love the pattern of the vinyl.
I think it looks beautiful in my son's room!
One last thing, the back had boards that I was afraid would scratch the wall that I worked so hard to paint so I added left over pieces of foam and stapled them on.
  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Apr 26, 2016

    You did a great job with it and nailed the contemporary look!

  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on Apr 26, 2016

    Wow! I didn't expect to see this. You hit this out of the ball park. The vinyl looks like carbon fiber. Very manly! Big difference. Great job.

  • Sandra Crosbie
    Sandra Crosbie Ireland
    on Apr 27, 2016

    That looks so nice. I really like it.

  • Bbeckley53
    Bbeckley53
    on Apr 27, 2016

    Beautiful job the wall saver excellent idea

  • Karen swift
    Karen swift United Kingdom
    on Apr 27, 2016

    when can i move in lol.......brill job

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