Nailed it

Making a fabric covered headboard has been on my list since the dawn of the blogosphere. I got especially giddy when blog friends Joi , Emily , and Jesse posted about their own versions. So using their glorious headboards as inspiration, I ventured into this crafty territory.
And you know what, no one ever told me that a fabric store could be so intoxicating. I totally did not take all the bolts of fabric (Damask, trellis, oh my!) , unraveled them onto the floor, and rolled around in them. Fully clothed, of course, because if I had been nekked, that would have just been weird. I mean, not that I did this.

Wait, what just happened........focus, FC, focus.
This project took me about 2 hrs (I think I aged 10 yrs making sure the nailhead trim was straight but SO worth it).

Materials (for a king-sized headboard):
- 3 yards of fabric (I splurged on a gorgeous mushroom-colored linen)
- 1/2 inch thick plywood cut to desirable size (Home Depot cut ours to 77 in. long x 36 in. tall)
- quilter's batting
- nailhead trim kit (available in the upholstery section of fabric store)
- staple gun
- hammer (for nailhead trim)
- scissors (for trimming fabric)

Fold batting to desired thickness, wrap around the plywood, and staple (watch your fingers) around perimeter to secure. Pull tautly as you go. Trim excess as needed. Photobucket

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Lay your fabric facedown and place headboard on top. Starting in the middle , pull fabric taut and staple. I checked the front of the headboard every so often to make sure I didn't have any weird wrinkles.
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Now for the detail--nailhead trim!! Again, I have to thank Emily for this embellishment idea.

It's like, where have these been all my life?! I'm naming my first-born after you, Em.

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It was a bit hellish to get the nail head trim to look straight, but after some choice cuss words and a Band-aid later, mission accomplished. So......the bed's not made nor did I style this shot.
Forgive me for keeping it honest. I was so thrilled with the finished product that I couldn't wait to snap a shot.
Haven't hung it yet; right now it's just leaning against the wall.

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Edit: Being somewhat of a Type A personality, my method for making sure the nailhead trim was straight was to use a ruler to make little light pencil marks all the way around the headboard. Then I lined up my nailhead trim w/ the pencil marks as I pounded in the brads to secure the trim. And voila.
Also, there was a lot of stepping back and examining my work from afar, just to make sure. Hope that helps!

Update: A few readers have inquired as to how we'll hang the headboard. I'm planning on using Dusty's genius approach outlined here. Thanks D!


The approximate breakdown (for a king-sized headboard):

linen: $24 (normally $14.99/yd but it was 50% off at my fabric store)

cotten batting: $15
plywood: $19
nailhead trim kit: $15

staples/gun: already owned one

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TOTAL: $73



If you're craving more nailhead fabulousity,
This DIY Diva constantly amazes me.

83 comments:

  1. OMG this looks fabulous! I picked up the supplies for my very own headboard with nailhead trim this weekend! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  2. It looks amazing! Dang girl, you did an awesome job. I can't believe how straight the nailhead border is.

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  3. Hey, that looks GREAT! I really want to make one too. Very nicely done :o)

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  4. Amazing! Now I am going to have to make one soon! It looks great!

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  5. This is great. I will definitely make one of those for my guest bedroom.
    And you are right about the fabric store. Love them.

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  6. Looks really wonderful! You did a great job.

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  7. Amazing! It looks unbelievable! I love it. You have totally inspired me!

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  8. It looks awesome. It's on my list of to dos, but probably won't get to it until July (probably August). I think I'm going to try tufting.

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  9. WOW, your end result is amazing and oh-so-inspiring!!!

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  10. Wow! You did a fabulous job! It looks like it came from Restoration Hardware.

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  11. Stop it. Just stop it with your ridiculous craftiness. It's not fair. Not fair at all.

    Signed,
    Jealousy

    P.S.
    Looks fabu! FABU!

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  12. Ahhh, it looks amazing, looove the linen. Wish I'd known you were doing nailheads though, I have tons leftover. Oh well, we'll just have to get together and nailhead some other furniture.

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  13. I can't believe that it's that inexpensive to make a gorgeous headboard. Why would anyone ever pay retail for an upholstered headboard ever again?!

    Thank you for the beautiful inspiration. I think it turned out perfectly.

    jbhat

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  14. Wow, just wow! That looks phenomenal! Well done you!

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  15. Nice work! I love it and someday I'd love to do this!

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  16. fabulous!!!!!!!!! i may have to try this soon!

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  17. I absolutely love this! I've been wanting to do this for awhile (I bought the nailhead trim months ago) but haven't gotten around to it. I'm making this my project when we get back from CO next weekend!!

    Btw, is the nailhead trim you have silver or bronze/gold? I wasn't able to find silver, and I really wanted that color!

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  18. THANK YOU you guys!! You sure know how to make me blush. =]

    @ Em: You bring your nailhead trim & a pitcher of an alcoholic beverage, and let's nailhead something...anything. Should I bring my Bedazzler, too?

    @ J: The only nailhead kit I saw at the fabric store (JoAnn's) were these bronze ones. They did have chrome ones but they were individual nailheads and I just didn't have the patience! Can't wait to see yours!

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  19. Hey FC. It looks great. After seeing Emily's awhile back I decided to add nailhead trim to mine too. I never posted about it b/c my nails weren't the best straight line---oops!

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  20. The headboard turned out FAB! Love the linen and the nailhead trim. I've been wanting to do this, but haven't convinced the husband yet. He doesn't understand wanting to split up the matchy-matchy bedroom suite. I'm still working on him.

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  21. I totally love it. I need to try this for my guestroom...

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  22. Looks beautiful! Where did you get the fabric from? I'm covering a chair and that would be perfect- thanks so much!

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  23. Wow, what an awesome job! I'm having a little DIY envy.

    And I am too a believer that washing one's hair on the weekend is way overrated!

    I think I'm already in love with the nailhead trim kit and I want one; and I don't even have anything to stick it on...yet!

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  24. Absolutely amazing! The nail head trim is freakishly straight!:)

    Love everything: the color of the fabric, the fabric itself and, of course, the nail head trim! Sigh......

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  25. WOW!!!!! I love it! I hope to make two of these headboards for my daughters..... what method did you use to get the nailheads so straight?

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  26. This looks so so good! I might have to pull a copy cat and cook up one of these up in my guest bedroom. Love it!

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  27. Seriously...could you please have your own TV show? I would DVR you in a heartbeat. Love the headboard.

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  28. ::::still blushing up a storm:::: Thank you SO much, dear lovely readers!! I'm not what you'd call 'crafty' but even I pulled this off so that tells you how simple it was!

    @ LindsB: I got the linen from JoAnn Fabrics, on sale this past weekend. It's such a great linen! =]

    @ Nikki: Someone once told me, "Ask for forgiveness later." Not that I'm condoning surprising the Hubs w/ a new headboard (esp. if he's partial to your current bedroom set) but now you know how I operate w/ Mr. FC! =]

    @ Anonymous: Being somewhat of a Type A personality, I used a ruler and made little light pencil marks all the way around the headboard. Then I lined up my nailhead trim w/ the pencil marks and voila. Also, there was a lot of stepping back and examining my work from afar. Hope that helps!

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  29. love love love it! And way to be honest with the unmade bed. ;) If only I weren't such a liar...

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  30. Amazing!! I only recently found out that Lowes will cut plywood to size. Why did it take me so long to figure that out?? I had always ixnayed the headboard idea because I can't take a sheet of plywood home in my itty bitty car. Duh!

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  31. That linen seriously had me hot and bothered.

    Then, I saw the nailheads. Holyshat.

    It's beautiful.

    What happened to your other artwork-turned-headboard????

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  32. As always, I love it. And don't worry, your hair doesn't "look: dirty ;)

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  33. Seriously, $73??? It looks like a million bucks!!!

    LOVE IT!

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  34. That linen looks fantastic! You don't even need to hang it if you don't want to (usually) -- the box spring and mattress should keep it in place. This is beautiful!

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  35. WoW! Girl you are the beesknees! Such a great job. I think I will try that for my boy!

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  36. Add "Nailhead Trim Expert" to your resume girl, cause you got some skills !! I love it and can't wait to see the linens too, which will of course be ultra fab.

    Um, have I been sleeping, or is that some new B/W decor in your dining room ? Way cute.

    Thanks for the linky....

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  37. This is lovely! I once made a headboard out of cardboard, batting, and fabric and stuck it to the wall with industrial strength Velcro... it wasn't very sturdy (and proves I'm obviously not OCD!) but it did the trick in our rental apartment!

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  38. FC, That is absolutely STUNNING, I love it! You did such a fab job!

    Thanks so much for the luv! =)

    Can't wait to see it hung!!

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  39. You made this?!?!?!?!!!!!!!

    It looks like something from Pottery Barn! Seriously, I am drooling over this headboard and hope to make one, sometime!!! And...for $73 - INCREDIBLE!

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  40. @ Kim: OK, LMAO @ "holyshat". Secondly, the old wallart turned headboard is residing in our scary basement all by his lonesome. Don't know what to do w/ it yet. I see a garage sale in our future...

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  41. Is fabulous your middle name because the new headboard is fab. u. lous.

    Awesome job as always!

    xoxo,
    s

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  42. After seeing this post last night -you inspired me to run not walk to the nearest fabric store and Home Depot to make this. It's exactly what I wanted and got it done today. It was all easy until I got to the nailheads - I love the look but don't want to see one again for a long while. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

    http://enjoyalllifehastooffer.blogspot.com/2009/05/diy-fabric-headboard-with-nailhead-trim.html

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  43. I had to comment twice because this headboard has got me all excited. :) how did you mount it to the wall?

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  44. err, i mean, how do you plan to hang the headboard in the future? I swear I read your post...

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  45. Hi Audrey! Aww, thx I'm excited about it too =]

    Right now it's just leaning against the wall but we're going to hang it using this method that Dusty used:

    http://allthingsgd.blogspot.com/2008/08/diy-tufted-upholstered-headboard.html

    Hope that helps!

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  46. I feel silly repeating what everyone already said, but I just can't help but say it myself, because it's true: This is absolutely amazing!

    I hope you feel so proud of yourself and lay in bed knowing how jealous we all our of how beautiful your bed is.

    Great job and thanks for sharing!

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  47. Great job!

    Wow, you've given me an idea for our guest room. Thanks

    Take care,
    Lisa

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  48. OMG! That looks sooo good :) I, too, have been thinking about making a padded fabric headboard FOREVER - I think I'll have to give it a shot soon.

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  49. Ok, I am in LOVE with your headboard! I am getting ready to redo my master bedroom and have been toying with the idea of doing something similar. Now I am completely sold. It is amazing and beautiful. Thanks for the inspiration and the gorgeous eye candy.

    ~Amanda

    p.s. Found you through Just a Girl:)

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  50. hello!
    this is just what i had been looking for! fantabulous!!
    can you tell me how you are planning on hanging it? i am such a ninny i need every single step spelled out for me :)

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  51. Welcome to all my new readers who hopped over from Chris's blog or if you're just dropping by. Hope to hear from you again!!

    @ Lulu: Hi L! Thx so much and no worries, I'm the same way! We're procrastinating but we plan to hang it using this method that Dusty used:

    http://allthingsgd.blogspot.com/2008/08/diy-tufted-upholstered-headboard.html

    Hope that helps!

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  52. Gorgeous DIY project FC! Oh how I'm a sucker for that nailhead trim--love it!!

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  53. Absolutely gorgeous! I am so impressed. I have a similar mirror above my bed and similar bedside lamps, so why don't I take the plunge and copy your headboard? I think I will!

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  54. Wow, that came out great. I didn't know those nailhead thingies came in a roll like that.

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  55. Turned out great! What good timing.. we'll be finishing ours in a couple weeks when we finally move to our new house. My mom made the wooden frame, a few months back and it's been waiting in the garage ever since.

    I was thinking of trying a buttom tuft or at least faking it with fabric covered buttons, but I think after seeing yours I will have to go with nailhead trim after all!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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  56. Dude, we are totally doing this! I love it!! I need to get approval from Mrs KP first, of course. :)

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  57. Wow, the headboard looks majestic with all those nailheads. I may have fallen in love with them too... It looks so beautiful...

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  58. Another question - is your nailhead trim silver? I was only able to find the bronze color JoAnn's had.

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  59. So glad I found your site! Your headboard looks like mine with the only difference being fabric! I may feel the urge to try your straightening technique for the nailheads- mine aren't 100% straight on the top, and it was a pain in the butt, Eek.

    Check it out here: http://design-aholic.blogspot.com/2009/09/afternoon-headboard.html

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  60. That awesome fabric you found at JoAnn's...was it in the home decorator section or the apparel section?

    Thanks,
    Molly

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  61. @ Molly: I did find the linen in the apparel section! All they had was burlap in the home decorater section so I wandered all over until I found the linen. Guess I could've asked for directions but I was determined. =] Hope that helps.

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  62. Wow, this is amazing! Very well done. It coordinates perfectly with your room.

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  63. Two things:

    1. I love Boulder. My sister and brother live there and I visit twice a year.

    2. I found this DIY post today and am very excited to put my own twist on it!!! Thank you

    Jenna, The Paleo Project

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  64. Dear Freckles Chick,

    I live in Boulder and I am going to be working on this same project this weekend! I am curious, did you go to the Joann Fabrics in Boulder or Denver? Does the one in Boulder have the fabirc and the nailhead trim? Thank you!

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  65. @ Lily: SO sorry for the late response! I found the linen (in the apparel fabric section) at the JoAnns in Westminster & the nailhead trim kit there as well. Not sure if the Boulder store has them since it's smaller. Good luck!

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  66. Hi there, I'm planning on making a headboard just like this - I am so glad I found your blog for a breakdown of supplies. But, I have a question - most DIYs I've seen include a layer of foam and you used only batting. How thick is it? Do you find it adds enough cushion?

    -Melanie

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  67. @ Melanie: It's not super thick though it's more comfortable than if were just a wooden headboard. I usually prop a couple pillows against it when I lean back in bed to read & it's great. I didn't use a layer of foam (though I wanted to) b/c the nailheads I got weren't long enough to penetrate all those layers.

    Hope this helps!

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  68. Hi Frekles Chick. Just wanted to thank you a million for this awesome headboard idea. I printed out your instrustions and headed to Home Depot and JoAnn fabrics to get my supplies. I got it done and i wish i could post pics for you to show the finished project.it looks amazing in my guest bedroom and i am ready to get started on a special one for my masterbed room! Thanks again!!

    -MsTrice

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  69. @ MsTrice: My pleasure. =] Aww thx so much for your kind words! I'm so happy that yours turned out amazingly!!

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  70. Just stumbled upon your blog and LOVE your style! I am thinking about doing a DIY headboard as well. One question - what do you have the mattresses on? Just a simple metal bed frame?

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  71. THANK YOU!

    Our bed is a platform bed (w/ storage space underneath) that the Husband built a few yrs ago. There's no box spring, just our mattress on top of the platform. Works well!

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  72. Oh my goodness this looks soooo fabulous. we have been married for 15 years and have only had a bed frame. It is sad my kids both have beautiful beds and we don't. And I had been giving it serious thought to doing a fabric covered headboard. This si fabulous and looks so chic...I WILL be doing one of these!!

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  73. How much quilters batting? And does size matter on that?

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    1. It's been so long, I can't recall, but I think I used a 'full size quilt' bag of batting, which I folded in half (to double the thickness). It gives the headboard some padding but it's not SUPER cushy. Some people have attached upholstery foam to the headboard (using spray adhesive), then add batting on top of that for extra padding. Hope this helps.

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  74. What size and how much quilters batting?

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