A Trendy Upholstered Headboard on a budget



DIY’ing an upholstered headboard on a budget is much easier than you can imagine. I recently worked on a low budget project for a bedroom. I knew I wanted the headboard for this room to have a nail head trim, but they can be expensive so a DIY was necessary. 

Due to the fact, that I do NOT trust myself with any sort of saw or electrical cutting device, I decided to use an up-cycled  headboard. Therefore, the search was on for a diamond in the rough and I was forced to hit the TS (thrift stores) to find a thrift treasure -Awe chucks (sarcastic voice because I LUV THRIFT-ING)

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After searching high and low, I finally found the headboard to be up-cycled- (a Queen Anne style, solid wood two post) can you say-SCORE!!

Now on to the DIY part….

Gather your Materials 

I used Anne Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White, I had from a previews project.I bought the spray adhesive, batting, and foam at Wal-mart, and the furniture nails at Lowe’s.

How to DIY an Trendy Upholstered Headboard on a Budget

1. First, wipe the headboard down with a damp cloth to remove any dirt or grime.

2. Once it has dried completely you can proceed to painting.

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I painted two coats around all the edges of the headboard and both posters with the Anne Sloan Chalk Paint. Follow the directions on the paint can- they are easy to follow and self-explanatory. Remember you must allow time to dry completely. I waited until the next day to proceed, because in reality life goes on and I had errands to run.

3. Carry on, by spraying the glue around all the areas to be upholstered.

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4. Place foam along the bottom edge of headboard and work your way up. Since this headboard had curves it was necessary to cut the foam along the curvy areas- just adjust as necessary and trim any excess foam.

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5. Cover the headboard with batting (I bought 1 1/2 yards and it  was more than enough.) Then, cut to size and wrap it around the back of headboard and staple in place.

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6. Repeat step 5 with fabric of your choice.  I used a full size Matelasse bedspread  I found at an estate sale for only $3 because it had a small tear along the trim. (another THRIFT TREASURE SCORE!)

Make sure the fabric you select is pulled tightly before you begin to staple. Therefore, you may need a second pair of hands to hold fabric as the other staples.

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If you like it, PIN IT!

7. Finally, nail the furniture nails around the edge of the headboard.

IF you like it PIN IT!


If you like it, PIN IT!

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, this project was much easier than I thought it was going to be. The most challenging part was nailing the furniture  nails into place because the wood was hard, but I managed and after a few broken nails I got the hang of it. Consequently, it took me 1 1/2 hours to do all the nails in comparison to spraying the adhesive, stapling the batting and fabric behind the headboard which took me about 15 minutes ( told you the wood was hard!).

Have you ever thought about DIY’ing an upholstered headboard? What are you waiting on? It was really easy to make, the final result is absolutely FAB, and most of all it was pretty cheap!!

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Nancy Jeannette

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