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Brandi’s Headboard

This is my first piece made 100% from scratch. I am pretty proud of it. Actually, I am pretty DAMN proud of it. Brandi and I brainstormed for months, and even after we decided on the design, logistics were an issue because she is seven hours away in Pittsburgh, PA (if you recall, I’m in Michigan.)

I have a little car so I first had to design, cut and assemble the frame of the headboard in Michigan. Then I disassembled, packed my car and drove to Pittsburgh. Once I was here (I’m still in PA) I assembled it again, padded, upholstered and finally installed it. The details to me at this point are fuzzy because I was chasing my 3-year-old around the apartment as I drilled and busted out the staple gun.

As usual with larger, detailed projects, this is best told by photos.

NOTE: All of the posted photos were taken in Pittsburgh after all of the cutting and drawing were finished.

Just wood

Padded

Feelin' pretty.

I used the staple gun to cover it with fabric first. I left it a little loose, not droopy or wrinkled, but with slack.

I used the staple gun to cover it with fabric first. I left it a little loose, not droopy or wrinkled, but with slack.

I covered the buttons with the same fabric as the headboard. I used three packages of Upholster-Them-Yourself button kits that have fronts and backs.

I covered the buttons with the same fabric as the headboard. I used three packages of Upholster-Them-Yourself button kits that have fronts and backs.

I tested out a few versions of thread. Basically I landed on yarn. Attaching buttons with yarn gave me warm fuzzies because I had complete faith that the buttons would remain intact for years to come.

I tested out a few versions of thread. Basically I landed on yarn. Attaching buttons with yarn gave me warm fuzzies because I had complete faith that the buttons would remain intact for years to come.

The back side doesn't look so lovely, but it can easily be covered with a piece of fabric if you're feeling very particular.

The back side doesn’t look so lovely, but it can easily be covered with a piece of fabric if you’re feeling very particular.

I attached the headboard and took a nap.

This headboard, completely of my own design, using only raw materials, is the visual definition of my ultimate success.

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