My Super Simple DIY Farmhouse Bed Makeover

2 Materials
$15
2 Hours
Easy

I love the farmhouse aesthetic and I’ve slowly been making over my home in the farmhouse style. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how I updated my bed from a bling filled French country style, to a rustic farmhouse style. It’s not difficult to do and it doesn’t take a lot of time so what are you waiting for? Check it out!




DIY French Country Headboard

Before


DIY Farmhouse Headboard

After



Burlap

For this project I used:

  • Flat-head screwdriver (to remove the bling)
  • Black electrical tape
  • Burlap
  • Staple gun
  • Sandpaper
  • Jute rope
  • Hot glue gun



Remove the Existing Decor
Remove the Existing Decor

I had already decorated my bed with quite a bit of bling and decor. I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to remove the material insert as I had glued it down with PVA glue, and it would have been a nightmare to try and rip it all off. I was hoping that the bling wouldn’t be too difficult to remove. I used a flat-head screwdriver to pry up the edges and thankfully I was lucky and most of it just peeled right off in one strip. 

Remove Decor



Cover the Bars with Electrical Tape
Cover the Bars with Electrical Tape

Originally I had wanted to paint the bed black, but I felt like it would maybe be too dominant in the room, so I decided to make the metal bars in my headboard black. I thought of using ribbon, but I couldn’t get it to look neat. In the end I decided to use black electrical tape to cover them. Using the tape made it easy to control where I was placing it, and once I stuck it down it didn’t budge. This added that pop of black that I was looking for. I repeated the process on the bars at the foot of my bed. 


Add Burlap to the Headboard
Add Burlap to the Headboard

To attach the burlap to the headboard I started by folding the edge in the corner and stapling it in place with a staple gun. I continued this all along the right edge of the headboard. Then I did the top edge, folding and stapling as I went, and then the left edge. This made it easy to control the burlap and keep it taught. I left the bottom edge for me to deal with later. I repeated the process at the foot of my bed where I had added a similar fabric previously. 

Staple Burlap


DIY Burlap Headboard



Distress the Bed
Distress the Bed

Using sandpaper, I distressed the edges of the bed. I found it easier to distress the edges by wrapping the sandpaper around a block and rubbing along the edges. I started at the headboard and continued distressing all over the entire bed. I didn’t want to overdo, so I focused mostly on the edges, with a few spots along the sides. This gave it a nice rustic feel.

DIY Distressed Bed



Add Jute Along the Edges
Add Jute Along the Edges

Using a hot glue gun, I added jute rope along the edges of the headboard and foot of my bed. One of the reasons I did this was to add another rustic farmhouse element to my bed. Another reason was simply to cover up where I had stapled the burlap along the edges. When you hit the corners, simply fold the rope over and continue gluing. This jute rope only cost me about $7 for 8 meters of rope, what a steal!

Glue Jute



DIY Farmhouse Bed Makeover

Wasn’t that quick and easy! I’m really pleased with how this has turned out, and it complements my farmhouse bedside tables perfectly. Later I decided to add a bedskirt to complete the look. Check out that project here https://www.hometalk.com/diy/decorate/rooms/how-to-make-a-quick-and-easy-no-sew-bedskirt-from-drop-cloth-44281437


Easy DIY Farmhouse Bed

 Have you updated your furniture? Let me know how in the comments down below. 

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  • Ruthann Nissly Martinez Ruthann Nissly Martinez on Apr 10, 2021

    Have you had any problems with the off-gassing or fuzzy stuff from the burlap? With my allergies burlap is the last thing I want next to my head when I sleep!

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