As I said last week, this isn’t my best project. I had high hopes, but it just didn’t turn out exactly like that picture in my head. But it’s okay~it’s good for you to see that not all diy projects turn out “look at this, it’s amazing and soooo easy!” :) And do you know how you pore and labor over something and that is ALL that is on your mind and it seems that every detail matters, but then once you get it up in the room, you realize it’s not as bad as you thought? And I’m NOT re-doing it, at least not this year. I’m happy with it for now, and maybe forever? I’ll try to tell you what I wish I would have done as we go along here.
We had this piece of pegboard downstairs from the previous owners and I was going to use it in the garage or down in the office, but I thought.."hey…..that could be a free headboard.” I cut a little off the edge to make it work as a queen headboard. If you buy a sheet of pegboard at Lowes or Home Depot, bring your measurements, and they should be able to cut it to size right there for you.
Next, I counted and marked off where we wanted the buttons/tufts to be and circled them. *if I did it again, I wouldn’t begin the tufts so close to the top*
We are in the process of switching the boys’ rooms around, so I had 2 twin foam toppers we were going to get rid of that I saved exactly for this:
Next, I hot glued some of my linen fabric (from JoAnns with a 50% off coupon = $16 for 2.5 yards) around the edges,
and then poked some thread through my marked holes to show where to tuft on the other side:
And then, the logical thing to do would be to sew some buttons on right?
and started “tufting” with my trusty staple gun where all the little threads came through.
I found some flat back button kits on Ebay ($20 for 30 buttons) that I covered with the fabric. Tip on covering the buttons: a mallet is your best friend to just pound them together.*I think if I were to do it again, I would use smaller buttons? These ones were 1 1/4”*
And it’s not the most exact, beautiful thing in the world, but with some smashing good pillows and the mirror above it, I’m going to make it work!
I just pulled out our mattress a little, and it is resting on the box spring. That’s it! It is much more comfy to prop up against and read, and it cost under $40!
I think next time, I would go ahead and sew buttons on through the holes in the pegboard and use a little thicker foam to get better tufting. And be more patient and go slower and be more precise. And be genius and gorgeous and skinny and tan. Oh wait, we’re talking about the headboard! :)
Gah, what do you think? Or maybe we should wait and see it in the room to make a final judgment? Working on that…
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