We have loved Pottery Barn’s Gabriella Upholstered Headboard for a while, but spending $699 on a piece of furniture we can’t keep the same didn’t feel like a smart purchase. But after seeing Centsational Girl Kate’s Nailhead Trim Headboard, we realized that we could achieve the same look for much less. Last week, when Gwyneth woke me up with the “Mommy, I need to go out now!!” bark, and I hit my head on the lower shelf, we moved this project to the top of our list.
We already had the frame, fabric, batting, foamcore board and a staple gun from our previous headboard projects, so the only purchase we had to make was a 10-yard package of Dritz Home Nailhead Trim in Antique Brass.
First, we took the headboard off of the wall, removed the foamcore backing and cleared some space in our entryway.
This project was super-easy because it required so sewing, and we only had to nail in every fifth spot. We tucked one inch of our matelesse fabric under to create a clean line along the top of our frame, placed it along the groove and nailed the trim to the frame using a mallet. Then we repeated the process for the left and right sides of the headboard.
We purchased the matelesse for our first headboard project (when we were using a different and smaller frame), so we knew it was a little short for our current one. No big deal, since this part is hidden by the mattress. Since the bottom doesn’t show, we saved the rest of our nailhead trim for a future project and used our staple gun to secure the fabric to the bottom of the frame in the places it would fit.
Yes, that is a Real Housewives of Orange County episode you see on the TV.
Then we popped our batting and foamcore back onto the inside of the frame and secured it using our staple gun.
Gwyneth was a little tired after all the supervision this project required and decided to test it immediately.
Now, where to put that extra shelf??
mk & G
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