Headboard Project X 2

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2 Hours

Years ago I needed two headboards. I made one out of an old shoji screen. I was leaving the Restore one day and they had a pile of free headboards. They were not in great shape but I took one to convert to something I did like.
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I decided to cover it with fabric. I bought a twin mattress pad to give it cushion because it was much less than buying foam padding. (around $50) My husband drilled holes in the wood for buttons.
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I covered it in batting.
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Stapled the fabric on.
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Made matching buttons.
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Attached the buttons through the drill holes. I never loved the placement of the button holes.
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And that's how it remained for years until it was recently stained. So, I removed all of the staples, buttons and top layer of fabric. I had 3 yards of upholstery velvety, gray fabric for years I got a Christmas Tree Stores for $6. I used it because I had it. The fabric was too thick to make buttons and it was too plain without something on it. I had price sticker shock when I went to buy buttons. The size I wanted cost $4-5 each so I needed to find a cheaper alternative. I found flat knobs at Christmas Tree Stores and decided to see if they would work. If you buy two packs, the cost if $5 per pack. The other knob pack I will use on a dresser.
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I took the knobs apart.
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Then I used a kabob skewer to establish the holes in the fabric. I pushed the skewer through the back and made a hole in the fabric in the front of the headboard. I used those holes to push the shaft of the knobs through and attached them at the back of the headboard.
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This time around I only used four of the button holes.
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It's not perfect but it's an improvement for an $11 investment for the revamp.
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I haven't covered the back yet so I'm not sure how I'm going to cover the ends of the shaft with the washer and nut.
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1 question
  • Maggie Esancy
    on Jun 26, 2018

    Do you have to put or use buttons or can you leave them out of the project??? Because I don't really like the tuffed look to much.

    • K
      on Jun 26, 2018

      Then don't!👍

      That's the joy of DIY. You make it to suit your own tastes and needs.

      I would say pick a great fabric with interesting details, and you're good to go. Add more or less batting based on how puffy you want it.

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  • Maude LaFountain
    on Jun 26, 2018

    I love it ...I think it looks great !! Fantastic job !!!

  • Deb
    on Jul 7, 2018

    I have been looking for a headboard idea and seeing this has given me a plan of just what I will do!! Thanks for the inspiration!!!!!

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