Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Stenciled - Upholstered Headboard

I can’t believe this day has finally come! Back in June I decided to build a headboard for the master bedroom - at the beginning of the month I shared my plan…and at the end of the month I publicly admitted failure. Well, three months later…I have a headboard!
Before I get into all of the details, how about a sneak peek?

Isn't it pretty?!
You might remember that my main hang up for this project was the fabric. I couldn’t decide on a fabric – and when I did, the fabric didn’t look as good in person/didn’t look good in the room.  Sigh. But then one glorious day, Cutting Edge Stencils contacted me to see if I wanted to review one of their stencils! And that’s when I decided to stencil my own fabric. Then I could customize the design and color – problem solved.
I picked the Zamira Allover Stencil for my project. I bought 3 yards (but only used 2.5 yards) of white upholstery-ish fabric from Wal-Mart for $6.99/yard. The paint color is CraftSmart Robin’s Egg Blue (found at Michael’s) and the fabric medium is Martha Stewart (also from Michael’s).

I’m not going to write a full tutorial for any of this because there are already a lot of great ones out there, but I will share a few tips that helped me…and hopefully will help you if you decide to do this yourself.
For stenciling fabric, Becca has a great tutorial with a lot of helpful advice. My main tips would be to use spray adhesive and don’t use a lot of paint on the roller. Oh, and if the paint does bleed under the stencil, you can just use a small paint brush to do touchups. The touchups aren’t noticeable at all with a big pattern like this one.

I’m so happy with how the fabric turned out! Stenciling took for-ev-er, but it was so worth it! I can’t say enough good things about Cutting Edge Stencils. I would definitely buy stencils from them in the future for other projects – accent walls, curtains, furniture, etc. They have a large selection and the quality is great – not like the cheap, flimsy ones in the craft store. Stay tuned for a Cutting Edge Stencils related announcement at the end of the post.
OK, now let’s talk headboard – I don’t have a full tutorial because there are A LOT of them already out there, but here’s my quick tips. Note: I have a king-size bed.
Instead of buying foam, which can be really expensive, I used a full-size foam mattress topper. It was about $12 at Wal-Mart and was big enough to do 2 layers. As you can see below, it wasn’t quite long enough, so I just added an extra little piece to the end – after the batting and fabric, you can’t tell the difference. I used the leftover spray adhesive from my stencil project to hold the foam.

After the foam I added two layers of batting (found at Joann’s) and then my fabric. The fabric was a little stiff from the paint, but ironing it (with the steam on) seemed to help.

I used the excess material to cover any of the wood that might be seen from the top/sides. I decided to use the entire piece of plywood so I wouldn’t have to worry about hanging it from the wall or adding legs. It seemed like the easiest way…and I didn’t have to mess with a saw.

And here it is:

I’m so happy with how it turned out. Having a headboard makes the room look so much more finished! Although, now I want to buy bigger lamps and I need to find something to hang above the headboard.

Ringo and Abby love it too!

OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. Ringo was more focused on trying to bite the buttons off the comforter and Abby just wanted to lick my face. I had to bribe them with treats to get this picture. I don’t know how people get pictures of their dogs laying sweetly in the background.
Anyway, I’m so happy with my new headboard…and that I conquered my first stenciling project!

And now for the big announcement: Tomorrow I’ll be hosting a giveaway for a stencil of your choice (up to $50 value) from Cutting Edge Stencils! Check back tomorrow for all the details! 

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