Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Scandinavian Bedroom Makeover: Part 3: Dressing The Bed

Once the color was on the walls I felt so happy.  I'd already dismantled the metal bed frame and taken the pieces to their new home in the garden. They'll make wonderful trellises for climbing vegetables. Soon I'll take you on a garden tour so you can see what other kinds of recycling I've been up to out back.

So, the bed.

Phase 1: Getting rid of the dust ruffle, was my first mission. With it removed I decided to "wrap" the box springs with enough fabric to hang just low enough to cover the frame. For this project I used a painter's drop cloth I picked up at Lowe's. At 9' x 6' it required very little cutting and piecing together. I love a quick fix so this project was perfect. I measured the width of the box springs leaving enough to tuck under the mattress and to hang over the frame. Then I used a spray adhesive to attach it to the box springs and a glue gun to attach the bottom to the frame. at the corners I folded and glued. You could sew this if you wanted but I didn't see the point.

Ironing however. Ironing would have been a good idea.

Phase 2: For the headboard I created I used a 3' x 5' piece of thin plywood, the remaining drop cloth, fusible quilt batting, needled batting, gimp, and nickel upholstery tacks.

I didn't bother to paint where the headboard was going to go.

             I used spray adhesive to attach the batting to the plywood. I used 3 layers of batting to give it some cushion. If you wanted it even softer you could start with a layer of foam. Over the batting I placed the needled batting and ironed it all together following the manufacturer's instructions.

Once I had all of that ironed together I laid the canvas (drop cloth) over the entire thing and ironed it. I learned my lesson about that from the "dust ruffle." I then flipped it over and using a staple gun attached the canvas to the back of the plywood, pulling it taut as I went. I was so into this part of the project I failed to take photos.

The next step was to nail it to the wall. It wasn't that heavy and the nails were in studs on both sides. You could make a beefier version of this if you wanted to use a thicker plywood or lots of foam.  Below you can see it nailed in place.

Those nails showing aren't too attractive, but they'll be covered with gimp in the same color as the canvas to give it a finished look. I measured from the side to where I wanted to place the gimp all the way around the headboard. Then used a shot of adhesive spray along the gimp before securing it over the line I'd drawn. Then it was time for the upholstery tacks to give it a bit of sparkle. 

I was trying to be so careful to get the tacks in a straight line, but you can see the result. The tacks bend ever so slightly making them shift from where you start hammering them in. I decided having them farther apart would be okay. I removed these wonky ones. 

I had finished painting the accent wall the other day when I realized that the lamps, which had been about 6 inches closer to the bed would have to be moved to allow the curtains to hang between them and the headboard. Down they came, and out a few inches on each side they went. There is always something you don't anticipate until you are in the middle of a project.

Or is that just me?


  1. That looks fantastic! I've been without a headboard for over a year. I just couldn't decide. This looks like a great fix!

  2. It would also be super cute in some bold fabric or tufted. The possibilities are endless!