Tuesday, May 10, 2016

DIY Floral Headboard Tutorial

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I have a confession to make...
I’m a relentless DIYer:). There’s people that do them because it’s their hobby or for monetary gain...and then there’s me {fixer upper obsessed extraordinaire} :D. Kyle & I sat down in January and wrote down all the projects we’d like to do this year and well it’s very eye-opening to see them all written out with their estimated costs {yikes}. So, I’ve realized I have a bit of a problem. Kyle likes to blame my craftaholicness & incessant dreaming on my Mexicanity, because he says being passionate & handy are in my blood. I don’t know how true that is but at least my little “problem” isn’t a detrimental one just yet.  But, I do see how I need to be more selective with the projects I take on & only invest my time on quality projects.  
Like making a beautiful floral tufted headboard. We had a pretty simple one before {you can see it here}, and it wasn't one that I particularly liked but I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted in it's place. That is, until I brought home some Glade® Radiant Berries candles, and it gave me the bright & colorful {spark} of inspiration I needed.
Today, I'm sharing how we made our floral tufted headboard. Just in case you've been wanting to make one for yourself but weren't quite sure how to go about it.
The first thing we did was decide on a shape. After that we cut it out of plywood {using a router} and attached the legs.
Next, I grabbed my 3 inch foam and traced out the pattern.
 Then, I decided where I was going to place the tuffets & marked it.
 Then, I cut holes in the foam to make it easier to put the screws in.
 Next, I draped my felt fabric & stapled it in place. It's really important to do this part, because if you don't do it or do it loosely then finished product will have noticeable lumps in the fabric.
 I started with the bottom and then did the sides before tackling the hardest part {the top portion}.
 Once you've wrapped it in your first fabric, be sure to make holes for your tuffets again.
You'll also want to drill pilot holes in the wood, so that your screws go in effortlessly {& more importantly so you're not shouting profanities :D}.
 Now, you'll get your final fabric and drape it over your headboard, making sure to have at least a foot of excess fabric in either direction{2 feet on the sides would be ideal}. Because the tuffets will be pulling alot of fabric & you want to make sure you have enough to wrap it behind{ I had 4 yards of fabric}.
 The end is in sight! Get your screws & washers {I used 1 1/2 inch screws}, locate your holes in the foam & start placing them. I find it's easiest to start with a corner piece and work your way across.
 Your diamond tuffeting will naturally be created as you put the screws into place, but it helps tremendously to smooth over the fabric and tug the folds where you want them.
 Once you've put all your screws in, it's time to start stapling your fabric into place. I used a pneumatic gun & couldn't imagine doing this job without it!
  I started with the sides, then the bottom & lastly the top. Smooth out all the wrinkles & pull the fabric taut & staple in place.
 Once everything is stapled in place you only have a couple more things left to do!
 Next, you'll want to wrap some buttons in the same fabric as your headboard and glue them into place.
The last step is simply to wrap the legs of the headboard with your batting and fabric and staple into place!

And that's it, it's complete! This might be time consuming, but the finished product is so beautiful & totally worth it!
 I love how the headboard turned out and the vibrancy & brightness it gives the room!

Here's another look at the headboard with the rest of our furniture. What do you think? Would you take this project on in your home:)?
If you end up making a headboard like this, I'd love to see how it turns out!
Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks so much for stopping by!