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DIY: Upholstering Headboards

26 Sep

Although I am now living in my fabulous apartment, I have been holding off on the big unveil of my new digs on Funky Bear. I apologize for the delay but I want to make sure it looks its best before showing the world.

For now, I can give you a sneak peak into my place by showing you how to create your own headboard — a project I recently completed for my apartment with my mom. There are tons of helpful articles online about the various ways you can do this and although they seem wordy, the process can actually be quite simple.

Better Homes & Gardens

Do It Yourself

HGTV

Be Jane

So if you don’t feel like watching Sunday football all afternoon with your dad, brother, or boyfriend all day for some strange reason (what, no football?!?), then get started on this fun and decorative do-it-yourself project!

There are many ways of decorating a headboard…

ACRYLIC STICKER HEADBOARDS

Inspired by: Alkemie

PAINTED WALLS

Inspired by: The Decorista

PAINTED HEADBOARD

Inspired by: Oh Joy!

UPHOLSTERY

Inspired by: Decorati

DECOUPAGE
(definition: gluing tons of paper, wall paper, or wrapping paper overlapping in an enticing pattern)

Inspired by: Lovely Undergrad

In my humble opinion, the best and most dramatic way to create a beautiful and attention-grabbing headboard is to upholster it.

Upholstering involves applying stuffing and/or cushions, and then covering this padding  with fabric of your choosing. Depending on the look you are going for, upholstering a headboard can be young and sweet, glamorous and dramatic, or even mature and sophisticated.

I mentioned a few different websites above that give a helpful breakdown of this DIY upholstery project. But here is how my mom and I created the look in a more quick and dirty (and less detailed) way than most of these articles offer:

MATERIALS:

1. Old wood headboard (in dire need of re-purposing) — this could also be a piece of plywood that you have cut to fit your bed in any shape. If you go to Home Depot or Lowe’s you can purchase the wood and have them cut to your specific dimensions. Just make sure to measure what you want first!

2. Thick foam — can be bought from most fabric stores such as Joann’s. I chose 2-inch thick foam but this can be whatever you want depending on how thick you want the padding on your headboard to be.

3. Batting — also from Joann’s

4. Fabric — enough to cover the entire headboard with plenty of room to spare on all sides (at least 5 inches for wrapping around).

5. Staple gun — an electric staple gun is best. For the amount of stapling you are about to do, investing in a $30 piece of machinery like that will save you years of carpal tunnel syndrome. Even with the electric staple gun, you should still prepare yourself for a swollen hand after a few hours of upholstery.

6. Staples — don’t forget to buy these with the gun! Based on the fairly thick, furry fabric I chose coupled with the batting, I chose 1/2 inch staples.

7. Scissors — this one’s obvious.

8. Blue painters’ tape — this will help secure the batting and fabric so they don’t slide as you staple them in place.

9. Spray glue — this is necessary in order to adhere the foam to the headboard base while you work with the batting and fabric.

10. Old sheet or drop cloth — this will help protect the floor you are working on from the spray glue and any scraps of fabric or stray staples will be easy to clean.

11. A partner in crime — I don’t believe this project can be done by yourself so find a buddy to help.

APPROXIMATE TIME:

1 hour of purchasing materials

2 hours of upholstery time

PROCESS:

1. Cut foam: Lay out all of your materials on top of the sheet. Cut your foam out to the shape of your headboard. Try to get as close to the actual shape as possible, it will look much better in the end if everything lines up exactly. For mine, we had to use 2 layers of foam to cover the entire headboard so make sure everything is flush together with no spaces or cracks.

2. Glue foam: Once you have cut out your foam, use the spray glue to adhere it to the headboard. It doesn’t have to be perfect, this is just to keep the foam from moving when you add the  batting and eventually the fabric.

3. Apply batting: Cut a large piece of the batting that will cover the entire headboard. Smooth said batting over the entire front of the headboard. This is the batting’s entire purpose — to smooth out any cracks where the foam falls short and prepare the headboard for fabric application.

4. Staple batting: Wrap the sides of the batting around to the back of the headboard. This is where your partner comes in handy. With their help, stand up the headboard and use the blue painter’s tape to secure the batting in place to the back side. Then, flip the entire headboard over so you only see the back of it. Grab the staple gun and adhere the batting to the wood. The staples work best if placed relatively close to one another (.25 inches apart). Make sure to pull the batting tight each time you staple so the smoothing effect takes place.

5. Check batting: Have your partner hold up the headboard so that you may see the front. Ensure that you have stapled the batting down tight and now bumps or air pockets exist.

6. Cut fabric: Lay your headboard back down so the front with the new batting is facing up. Lay your fabric (or in my case, we bought a furry blanket) over the entire headboard. If need be, cut the fabric so that there are about 6 extra inches on all sides. These extra inches will be important when you wrap the fabric around the foam and batting.

7. Apply fabric: This part can get tricky because you really need to make sure the fabric is pulled tight and looks flawless — this is what everyone will be seeing! Carefully stand the headboard up again and adhere the long side pieces to the back with blue painter’s tape.

8. Staple fabric: Gently lay headboard so the fabric/front side is facing down, and the back is exposed. Staple your fabric making sure to pull tight and smooth as you go. Start from the middle of the top and work your way out. The top is the most important section because it will be the most prominent once the headboard is set up with your bed. It can be a tedious process, but perfection is key — this is what everyone will see as the final product! For the corners, we just played with folding the fabric as you would make the corners of a bed. As long as the front looks good, you will be fine. The back will most likely look like a jumbled mess of staples but no one will ever see it so it doesn’t matter.

9. Check fabric: Stand the headboard up and eyeball any areas that seem lumpy. Use your staple gun to smooth these areas. Again — it doesn’t matter how messy the back looks with all of the staples, so long as the front looks fabulous.

10. Admire your work: You’re done! Stand back and admire your work. Go place behind your bed immediately and accept all compliments you receive with a smile.

Obsession: Nest Beds

7 Sep

Today we are going to have a nice long chat about one of my most favorite places in the world.

My bed. Which is a nest. Hence, the obsession with nest beds.

A literal nest bed.

Okay just kidding. I wish this fairy tale of a bed could be my own but alas, it is not.

However, I do still have my mattress from high school. One of the best hand-me-downs my parents have ever gifted me with.

Words cannot express how much I love my bed. I love my bed like a fat kid loves cake. And as a fat kid at heart who loves cake (especially chocolate), I believe I bring a certain degree of authenticity to this comparison that allows my readers to understand how deep my love runs for my bed.

After a long day, don’t you just get that amazing feeling relief when you see your bed? Magically, the fatigue of the day wears away. You muster up just enough energy to run from the doorway to jump onto your bed – face first obviously – and let it bounce you up and down for a minute while you smile.

Hmm…maybe that’s just me.

Anyhoo, today is a celebration of the most nest-ful beds I could find. The ones that would even make those “I’ll Sleep When I Die” people want to wander over and take a quick nappy-poo.

Check out these clean, fluffy, dark, wonderful, encapsulating beds. It’s probably a good thing my bed doesn’t look like any of these or I’d sleep all day, lose my job and Funky Bear would go out of style. What a world…

Um I believe this bed belongs to Rachel Zoe. Enough said as to why it is fabulous.

Inspired by: The Decorista

Nests usually involve twigs and branches, this one opted for fine fur of mink.

Inspired by: The Decorista

Evokes the feeling of super clean linen -- this type of nest bed does it for some people.

Inspired by: My Home Ideas

This is the exact bedding I would choose to nest in all winter if I was a bear or something. But you can try flannels too if you like 'em.

Inspired by: Kelly Green Interiors

Whoa, talk about a nest? This one must be inhabited by a flamingo with all that pink.

Inspired by: The Decorista

This entire bed was built for a modern day Sleeping Beauty.

Inspired by: The Decorista

This looks like a huge wedding dress, bustle, and train thrown haphazardly over a 4 poster bed. Mama likee!

Inspired by : The Decorista

Crisply made (you could bounce a quarter off those sheets) but with just enough bed foot luscious color and texture to officially make it a nest bed.

Inspired by: The Decorista

Look at these lurvers jumping on the bed!

Inspired by: The Decorista

I know I have mentioned my feelings about over-using gray in previous posts, but come on, even I have to admit that this bed looks cozy on all levels.

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

This soft comforter practically spills over the sides of the bed. Obsession.

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

**Side Note: I am currently in the market for one of these types of bedspreads. I think I’m going to go with the ruched bows duvet cover from West Elm (see the 3 above this). Thoughts?

I think we have all learned a valuable lesson here today. Nest beds are those that:

  • Have pillows for days — in case you need on for not only between your knees and behind your back, but to prop those up too.
  • Pure white can work to reassure those of us that are cleanly that there is a spick and span place of fluffy rest just waiting for you.
  • Or deep colors to help you drift into la-la land for an undisclosed amount of time.
  • Have many layers for hiding within and under.
  • Involve major types of textures so you never know what’s going to caress your face next. Not as creepy as it sounds…
  • That you love!

Spotlight On: Gray is the Main Event?

31 Aug

Turns out REM was absolutely correct: “It’s the end of the world as we know it…”

Or at least for my decorating mind that is currently the size of a pea (but trying to expand with all my Funky Bear endeavors)

I need some input, please.

I keep running into gray being used in a bold way. How is it that this color which most people write off as dull, boring and undesirable keeps reappearing as the main event in beautiful design work?

So, very wrong. Does this even have a flavor?

If you look at any of the large companies like West Elm, Pottery Barn, even Bed Bath & Beyond — they are all featuring gray as wall color in their magazines, an “accent” color for pillows and in their bedding.

Let me level with you before going on my rant…you’ll find a handful of my girlfriends who will call me a Plain Jane. I’ll be the first to admit they’re not totally off the mark. I have gotten my hair cut the same way since high school, my wardrobe always includes something solid and black, and I always order the Original Plain Tart flavor yogurt at places like Yoguri, Berripop and Pinkberry (although I get fruit and chocolate on it…)

But even I, a self-professed Plain Jane (that’s even the name of the baked potato I order at Jason’s Deli), cannot imagine using GRAY as the focus of my room!

Please, correct me if you believe I’m wrong. And for the record, I don’t think these rooms are ugly — I just would just personally feel like I was in prison. That may or may not be too strong a way to describe this color.

Maybe if you’re a bright enough person you can just shine your energy right on through.

Or maybe gray being super boring is just a myth we were raised to believe and it is a deep seated notion in our (my) psyche?

I don’t know, this is all conjecture.

But the absolute worst part of all of this is that no matter how much I want to say I’m against this phase, I am drawn to it and think it is beautiful in a weird, ashen way…

Now it’s your turn. Take a look at some of these pictures below and comment if you think gray has transitioned from a boring neutral to the center of the action.

As a deep wall color.

Inspired by: 30 Elm

As a deep wall color and accompaniment to purple.

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

As a combination with white for stripes.

Inspired by: Bright Bazaar

As a wall color and bed accent.

Inspired by: High Heel Foot in the Door

As sheets for a neutral bed.

Inspired by: Living Etc.

As sheets in a bright and girly room.

Inspired by: Living Etc.

As a wall color for an entry way to highlight the bright clean white furniture.

Inspired by: Peppermint Bliss

As the fabric on a headboard.

Inspired by: Nest Egg

As wall color in a family room.

Inspired by: The Bubb Report

As a light neutral yet feminine color.

Inspired by: The Decorista

For fur, pillow, and curtain accents.

Inspired by: The Decorista

With other dark colors to create an interesting bed...

Inspired by: OhDeeDoh

As a trendy pattern for walls.

Inspired by: The Decorista

Et 'tu, bathroom?

Inspired by: The Decorista

So come on, I know by now all you readers are fired up one way or another. Cast your vote in the “Comment” box below.

Is GRAY a YAY or a NAY?

Animal House: Fur

16 Jul

To mix it up a little from just looking at animal prints, today is about another HUGE obsession of mine that belongs in the animal kingdom.

FUR.

This warm and hairy manner of decorating has been in pop culture in movies, books, and fantasies (bear skin rug by the fire, anyone?), and I am fully convinced it is a trend here to stay. In moderation, of course.

Besides adding interest and drama to your room, it is a GREAT way to add texture — a must in decorating.

Check out these digs full of the faux fur fabulosity:

The hairy pillows in this hotel room adds a touch of flair.

Inspired by: Apartment Therapy

white fur + white couch = glamorous and modern

Inspired by: Better Homes & Gardens “New Decorating Book”

Even one small fur pillow can stand out.

Inspired by: Better Homes & Gardens “New Decorating Book”

Fur can give an eclectic feel to a modern room.

Inspired by: Decor 8

The wood floor would be extremely empty without a rug, and this one gives it more interest than a boring old "flat" rug.

Inspired by: Design Sponge Online

If you're feeling really wild, go for fur bedding! Might be a little hot though...

Inspired by: Flickr

If you're timid about the trend, try a simple blanket draped on a couch or chair.

Inspired by: Living Etc.

Pair your pillows and a rug.

Inspired by: Living Etc.

A fur throw blanket can act as a cozy chair cover as well.

Inspired by: Lonny Mag

It seems like white fur rugs are the way to go.

Inspired by: The Decorista

This room becomes more elegant with a white fur throw.

Inspired by: The Inspired Room

Even West Elm is getting on in the trend!

Inspired by: West Elm

And in keeping with eco-friendliness and my own personal beliefs, I must stress that FAUX FUR is the way to go. It can sometimes be difficult to find, but you’ll be able to rest easier knowing a small woodland creature didn’t die only to lay on your sofa. (Sorry that’s a little grotesque…just trying to make a point)

Try these on for size:

White Fur Pillow only $6

Inspired by: Coffee House Vintage on Etsy

Here's a little white fur rug, $145

Inspired by: dluxo on Etsy

Black Fur Pillow, $16

Inspired by: Dyche Design on Etsy

Gorgeous faux mink throw blanket, $79.99

Inspired by: Saari Design on Etsy

A furrier brown fur blanket, $29.99

Inspired by: TopDog Couture on Etsy

Multi-color fur accent pillows, starting at $59

Inspired by: West Elm

**No animals were harmed in the writing of this blog.

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