Monday, June 21, 2010

Progress On 'A Headboard Meets An Upholstered Wall' Project

Let me start with a disclaimer: a lot of the pictures in this post are not that pretty or inspiring to look at! And if reading how a full height headboard is being constructed and attached to a wall is of limited interest to you, just come back on Wednesday. That is when I anticipate the final result will be beautifully photographed and ready for its debut. I think that visit will be worth your time, as the project is coming along very well!


For the rest of you, here is where I left off last Friday. After cutting and sewing together the panels which will cover the headboard, it was time to start building the frame.


And what was the first thing I did? Call for help! With limited carpentry skills, unlike some amazing bloggers I know such as the Thrifty Decor Chick & Centsational Girl, I knew I would need some assistance. Plus, isn't it just more fun to work with another person?! We began by bringing in two sheets of 1/2" plywood, cut down to fit the height of the wall the headboard will be attached to. The finished headboard will measure 95 inches high by 83 inches wide.


Then pine 1x4's, trimmed down to 1x3's, were attached with screws to build a frame around the edges of the plywood. Now we were ready to fill the space inside the frame with two inch high density upholstery foam.


I learned something new during this project, foam is not cheap! Then take into account just how much of it was needed to run up the height of the wall...yikes. Luckily my mom and friends saved their JoAnn coupons for me. Prior to building the headboard I made several trips to JoAnn fabrics with a coupon in hand, so that each piece could be purchased at 50% off. This added up to a big difference!


Of course my favorite fan was on hand to watch. "I know, it is soft and warm, but please get off before you damage that expensive foam!"


Then the foam was cut so that it filled the frame snugly. And as a side note, looking at these photos I am reminded how much I dislike carpet. Wouldn't it be wonderful to bring a beautiful hardwood floor into the room, with a soft area rug placed under the bed? Oh well...another day, another project!


But back to the foam. I had intended to use an adhesive spray to attach the foam to the plywood, but once placed inside the frame it didn't seem necessary. The batting and fabric would hold it in place just fine.


Laying the batting over the frame was the next step. I used two layers, for strength and softness, but I also wanted to make certain none of the green foam color showed through the fabric. The batting extended about four inches past the edges of the frame on each side, allowing enough ease to wrap around to the back side of the frame in a later step.


Now to the pretty stuff, the Bocce fabric! However, once this geometric print was layered over the batting I realized that using solid fabric or a print, without such strong horizontal and vertical lines, would have been much easier to work with! Now the challenge was to get the fabric attached to the frame without dips and curves in the pattern.


We tackled this challenge by determining what point of the print would look best ending at the top edge of the frame. Next the center point of the fabric was lined up with the center point of the frame, down the length of the headboard. Doing this ensured the pattern would end at the same point on each side of the frame. Having another person to help adjust the placement of the fabric made this step doable without getting frustrated!

Next the fabric was stapled into place along the top edge of the frame. This edge will be flush to the ceiling so the staples will not show. Then I was ready to begin hammering...and a lot of it!


First a line of nail head trim was nailed into place along the top edge of the headboard. This held the fabric in place as I worked around the rest of the frame. The nail heads were positioned as close to the inside edge of the 1x3 boards as possible, to create a nicely defined border on the finished headboard.


Afterwards I began working down the sides of the frame and around the bottom, pulling the fabric firmly as I went, tentatively placing the nails at wide intervals.


To make it easier to nail the trim in an even line, when going back to fill in the areas between the initial nails, a guide was drawn with an temporary fabric pen from point to point.


A tuck was made at the corners, allowing the fabric to be wrapped around the corners. Nail head trim was applied down the top of the fold to hold the tuck in place.


After the 700 plus nail heads were hammered into place, this task actually got done a lot faster than I thought it would, I decided to glue the batting to the frame...


...and the fabric to the batting, to stabilize the fabrics as I proceeded to the next steps.


After being glued, the edges were tucked under the frame to dry overnight.


In the next steps the headboard will be turned over, the edges wrapped around to the backside of the frame and stapled into place. Finally, the last step will be to attached the headboard to the wall. Again...so far, so good! It just may all work out!

49 comments :

  1. WOW, great job with the tacks. I always have to use the tool to hold them in place. I cant wait to see the finish.

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  2. Wow. It looks awesome and very high end. I just love that fabric. I can't wait to see it hung on the wall!!

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  3. You have truly outdone yourself! I love the fabric and the nail heads really make the piece. I can't wait to see it in place!

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  4. Your hard work really looks amazing! It's so difficult using printed fabric for DIY upholstery projects, but you make this look easy. I'll be back for the big reveal!

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  5. Disclaimer: this was a great post! And for anyone that didn't stick around to read it, will be doing an upholstered headboard the old fashion way:-)

    Okay, let me say that you taking this headboard to the ceiling is brilliant! Can you say dramatic?! I cannot wait to see it finished and I'm glad to have gotten the step by step process of how it was done too! I think I may try it;-)

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  6. It's turning out very nice - who was your fabulous helper????? Looking forward to seeing everything together!

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  7. Lakeitha, you crack me up! And my helper? A friend who didn't want to be photographed...but how much more fun it is to work with someone! I hope to convince them to return to help me on some more projects!! Janell

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  8. Stunning, Janell. Never bored on the how to's...if you don't think of it ALL...it's those little details that will frustrate you in the end. Great choice of fabric!

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  9. That's going to look AMAZING! I used that fabric in an orange living room for a client and every time I visit I fall in love with all over again.

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  10. Truly impressive. I'm crazy for the fabric (used something quite similar in a powder room) & nailhead trim is always a favorite. Cannot wait to see the final project on Wed.

    Thanks Janell for the thorough step-bye step.

    Cheers!

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  11. It looks amazing already! Can't wait to see it complete!

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  12. Fantastic job! It looks great :)

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  13. that looks so great! YOu are doing an amazing job!

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  14. I am in awe...of all the nailing. HOLY CAMOLY! That's where I would have needed the buddy and a glass of wine and some good music. What bedding are you using with this?

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  15. I love the tutorial and how it is coming along! I am so impressed on your progress, can't wait to see it in the room. I love the wow factor it is going to bring to the room. Everything looks so neat and tidy during your project, that is even more amazing.

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  16. Wow, I'm so inspired, I can't wait to see it. Your tutorial is wonderful! I love tutorials, thank you!

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  17. It's coming along great. I can't wait to see the finished result on Wednesday!

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  18. your too funny, it looks great! I love seeing all the steps involved with your headboard

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  19. Janell, Stop it! All of your post are worth my time! Especially tutorials. I learn something new with each of them.
    That sucker has got to be heavy though.

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  20. I JUST HAD TO add this to my favs! Such a wonderful job you did! I love the fabric and the brass tacts!

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  21. Love your fabric and the nailhead trim is just the perfect touch. Beautiful. I can't wait to see the finished project. Hugs, Marty

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  22. I can't wait to see it on the wall! I love it! So, so awesome!

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  23. I have two questions. . .I've done something similar to this (on a corkboard, but I ran into two issues:

    When I went to wrap the fabric around the edges of the frame, depending on how tightly I pulled it, it all came out very uneven and when you looked at the frame/fabric thickness from the side, it was wavy. It drove me crazy and I ended up giving up. Seems like you have something similar here??

    Question 2, with the two foam pieces meeting in the middle, was that an issue? I would worry you would see the line and that would drive me crazy too!

    LOVE THIS PROJECT! You have totally outdone yourself and I am sensing an upholstered headboard in my future!!

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  24. That fabric is gorgeous. Can't wait to see the finished product.
    Carol

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  25. Janell, I absolutely love this! That fabric has long been a favorite of mine. I can totally relate on how expensive foam is.. I couldn't believe it when I first made a headboard! Craziness! Anyway, this is going to be the PERFECT focal point for your new room. :)

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  26. To answer DMA's questions, perhaps it is due to the nice weight of this fabric and being backed with batting, but the edges have gotten wrapped around the frame and lay nice and even.

    Also, again probably due to the heavier weight of the fabric and using two layers of batting, the foam is laying flush to the headboard and flat...so, thus far looking good. Great questions!

    Janell

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  27. It looks great so far, Janell! That fabric was a nice choice and I can't wait to see all the elements together.

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  28. Love this... I can't wait to see your room all 'done up'!

    Lindsay @ A Design Story

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  29. I am always impressed with your projects and this one does not disappoint....cannot wait to see the big reveal....so far it is looking great!

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  30. Great tutorial, Janelle. You have explained everything so well, that this will be a great resource for anyone wanting to complete one on their own. The fabric looks so high-end, and the headboard really looks custom. Great job on the nailheads as well. Can't wait to see it up on Wednesday!
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  31. Love how this is turning out! I made a headboard two years ago and tried to do a "tufted" look for detail. Turned out ok, but I LOVE the nailhead detail on yours. It looks so professional...can't wait until the hubby will let me tackle a new headboard!

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  32. Fantastic, Janell! I am so impressed how straight you kept those nailheads....

    Can't wait for Wednesday!

    (Btw, how on earth do you DO all this so quickly?!?!)

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  33. Vuuuurrrry nicehe engineer do it yourself in me is eating this all up with a spoon.

    ...While applauding!

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  34. Oh my gosh I love the headboard already!! That fabric is too fabulous. Can't wait to see it all complete! :)

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  35. You always give the best instructions! I wish I had a house of my own, well more then one bedroom actally to make one for. Maybe one day :)

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  36. This is NICE...It reminds of the fabric from Sex & the City...HmmmI will be doing a headboard at some point, i think you have inspired me.
    Great Job!

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  37. This is incredible! I'm amazed at your perfection with the pulling of fabrics and nailheads. I love everything about this!

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  38. what a great idea. this looks very classy!

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  39. Hi Janell - I'm making a smaller version of this headboard and I was wondering...how did you cut the foam?

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  40. While there are special knives made to cut foam, I've also been told an electric carving knife works. However, I simply used scissors. It's fairly easy to get a good cut with scissors and the end the foam is covered with batting and fabric, so forgiving.

    Good luck with your project! I'd love to see pictures when you are done....Janell

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  41. Janell... I am a HUGE fan and finally decided to tackle this headboard project. I used 2x4s because I had them and because I wanted the foam to stick out a bit less. Building the headboard was easy and your tutorial was SO helpful. Now I am having HUGE issues with the nailhead trim. My nails keep bending or going in crooked. Any tips??? Thanks!

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  42. Glad the directions so far have been helpful, but shoot on the nail head trim! I never seem to have an issue, just an odd talent I have or lots of experience with hammering?! I always push the nail in a bit with my hands, then tap lightly in with hammer, watching for what direction the nail may verve off in and try to correct by tapping in the opposite direction. Good luck! There are also "guides", but I've never found them helpful.
    Janell

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  43. Looks absolutely amazing!!! I can't wait to see the headboard complete and mounted to the wall!!! I love the fabric and the nail head trim!!! I think I may have to tackle this project when we move.

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  44. Hi..Just saw this post from a pin on pinterest and I wanted to offer some advice. Next time you can purchase a twin bed mattress foam top from target or walmart for less that $15 (thats what I do) and also I found nailhead trim that was on a strip so you dont have to work with individual nails. http://www.beaconfabric.com/vindex.html?cat148.htm

    It turned out amazing!

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  45. Did you sew on two smaller side panels to make your whole fabric piece? If so, I'm just curious why you chose 3 "panels" instead of 2 since it is difficult to match the pattern up.

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  46. Great question. I placed slimmer panels at each side to avoid having a seam down the middle of the headboard, which to my eye wouldn't be very attractive.

    Thanks for asking! Janell

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