As renters, our bedroom was kinda bland. Like, embarrassingly bland. Here it is before:
I've made a headboard for our bed before when we were living in San Francisco, but when it was time to move, our Cal King size DIY headboard was just too monstrous to move cross-country.
I wanted to do something that would have a lot of impact for not a lot of cash, so I got a bit creative. I had some sturdy poster board from the dollar store lying around, as well as some extra trim, batting and burlap. So I taped my poster board together:
(note- I would not use electrical tape next time since it shows through the thin burlap, just a little)
Then traced my design and cut it out with a boxcutter:
And used the cut out portion as a template for the other side, so that they were even:
Then using spray adhesive. I patched together some batting scraps I had left over from previous projects:
This is where it starts to look a little like Frankenstein.
I then laid the poster board on top of the burlap and upholstered it using a regular staple gun. I folded the burlap back on itself before stapling so it had a little something to hold on to.
Then, I secured the back together even more using some twine, hot glue and staples to create a zig zag pattern that secured all the boards together even more.
Now, to hang it- I tried using picture hangers on some parts of the twine... not good.
Soooo I nailed it to the wall. Haha. Well, its about as much damage as a picture hanger, and it stays flush!
Here's the cost breakdown:
Poster board $1 ea x 3 = $3
Burlap $2/yd x 2.5 = $5
Trim $1/yd x 2 = $2
Not bad! For less than a cocktail we gave our bedroom a big facelift!
Also, want to know a secret? That trim isn't glued on- nope! I just pinned it on with straight pins. So if I want to throw out the headboard when we move, or use the trim for another project, it just comes straight off!
This is a great idea for renters, who don't want to deal with bolting a huge piece of plywood to the wall. It's light enough that a nail on each side holds her up, and cheap enough that if you don't want to carry it on to your next place, your guilt factor for just throwing it out is pretty low.
This post linked to:
Savvy Southern Style
A Beach Cottage: Good Life Wednesday
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
A Stroll Thru Life
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest