Thursday, April 24, 2008

hey nonbelievers: this is how we did it

A few weeks ago we went to suburbia to wait for H's stuff that never came, and we made the most of being unable to leave my parents' house all day by using my dad's tools and all that room to fashion a headboard for our place.

After a trip to the hardware store and the crack house, we had the materials: foam, plywood, fabric, staplegun, household glue and random measuring equipment.


H's sister had suggested we hang three panels of varying colors for more interest, so we originally had a large piece of plywood cut into thirds. But after we settled on a very diagonally patterned and texture-y fabric, we decided it'd be easier to do a single color in one large piece instead of three separates that we'd have to match up over rounded edges.


So we had to attach them back together and cross our fingers that the divisions weren't too obvious under the fabric.


I'm not that into glitz, but we agreed that a little shine never killed anyone. Plus I like the fact that what's normally the "wrong side" (the stitching of all those pieces together) is what makes the "right side" look cool.


We put the boards together with brackets. At this point it would have been really smart to add a layer of batting, as H's sister had originally suggested, because a) the fabric is a hundred diamond-shapes of silk sewn together—if it ripped, it'd be a mess b) the edges of the board wouldn't feel so hard and c) it'd help hide the divisions between the three panels underneath. Unfortunately we forgot about the batting until we were done and attempting to transport the thing (which was not easy, by the way. Maybe panels would have been a better option after all).


Stapling was good for channeling our angst about waiting around all day with no word on when his stuff was going to show. Especially when it didn't even end up coming.


I was a little over-enthusiastic about pulling the fabric taut. If we do this again, I'll have to take more zen breaths and relax.



It's always a good idea to make sure everything is level and matches up. I let H do the math.

I'm happy with the way it turned out. Maybe in the next place we'll get to do more home-improvement projects. My inner Martha is constantly straining at the leash and H has proven himself to be more than handy. However, I'm starting to think he's acquired those skills to justify his constant daydreaming about the ridiculous power tools he'd someday like to own. 

16 comments:

Lia said...

Wow, it looks great! All these talented people I keep hearing about who make things! You inspire me. With guilt.

willowtree said...

Your bed looks like it should be in a catalogue. It looks lovely! I wish I had the patience to do something so crafty. Ahh maybe one day...

Madelyn said...

It looks good. You're bed looks rather small though...perhaps it's all the pillows.

cadiz12 said...

thanks, guys!

it is a small (full) bed. but then again, it's a small place. i actually shot that photo from the bathroom.

Librarian Girl said...

Very impressive!

SupaCoo said...

Wow, that looks amazing!! I'm so stealing this idea in Germany.

Anonymous said...

That headboard is beautiful! It looks better than the one my husband and I made about a year ago. I looooove the fabric!

velocibadgergirl said...

Okay, that? Is freaking GORGEOUS. Nice job!

Mr. Toast said...

Good work. I'm having a serious case of Headboard Envy here.

jinius said...

oh wow that is so impressive! you guys should have your own home decorating show. you could post it on youtube!

oh and youre the only one who caught my whitley reference btw lol.

Guyana-Gyal said...

Well done, you two. Maybe you can even get on one of those home-makeover shows. You never know.

mjaSeattle said...

Awesome :)
Now with summer approaching I'm starting to feel the urge to be handy too... Danger!

Jon said...

I still don't understand why everyone wants so many pillows these days. Don't you just throw them off the bed when you actually go to sleep? What's the point?

Radioactive Jam said...

Self-made stuff = awesome. Well done!

The Stormin Mormon said...

That's pretty cool.

Teej said...

This looks pretty awesome.