DIY Head Board


I have the best husband! He has been so busy with work and making a very large harvest table for a friend and yet he still carved out time to make a beautiful headboard just so I would be happy

He’s pretty awesome

This is what our old headboard looked like


It was okay but we were looking for something a bit more stylish


As I mentioned in a previous post I got the fabric from Tonic Living



The nail head trim is from Joann Fabrics

nail heads

We weren’t going to remove the current headboard as it keeps the bed from falling apart

Chris came up with a plan to cover the front and the sides so you couldn’t tell that the original headboard was still there

He started by cutting out a very large piece of ply wood and attaching 1×2 pieces of wood to the top and sides


We attached the foam with a staple gun

As you can see the foam looks like a disaster. We couldn’t find a piece that was large enough so we made do with what we had


When the foam was covered by the batting you couldn’t tell that it was made up of several different pieces.

Then we put the fabric on. I love working with solid fabric because if your fabric isn’t perfectly straight you can’t tell

Finally it was time to add the nail head trim

I started by drawing a chalk line on the fabric to mark where the trim would go


This stuff is genius! It only took about 5 minutes to put all the trim on. It comes in a 5 yard length and is easy to turn and cut.

I have gone the individual nail head route before and it is tedious and painful to say the least. Any time I have a project that involves nail heads I will use this.


This is the final result





I am in love with it!

This head board from Restoration Hardware was our inspiration and I think Chris did a pretty great job of matching it


Cost break down:

Fabric – $42 from Tonic Living

Ply wood and wood trim – $45

Nail head trim – $12 with a 60% off coupon at Joann Fabric

Foam and batting -$50

Total cost:$149.00

It wasn’t as cheap as I would have liked but it is better then spending $1800 at Restoration Hardware!



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