DIY headboard + before & after bedroom tour

DIY headboard // bedroom before & after // sarah sherman samuelI’ve got a double whammy post today with the reveal of our A-frame cabin finished guest bedroom (with before and afters) as well as the DIY info for the headboard which you got a peek of a couple weeks ago when I posted on the DIY wood paneling. I love how this simple small space turned out!

DIY headboard // bedroom before & after // sarah sherman samuelDIY headboard // bedroom before & after // sarah sherman samuelDIY headboard // bedroom before & after // sarah sherman samuelThis corner of the cabin was SO dark before with gold grasscloth walls, carpeted floor, and painted red/brown wood (you’ll see in the before’s at the bottom of the post), and the first thing we did was brighten it up on the cheap with paint and this tile flooring.

It still needed further refinement so we tackled the DIY wood paneling (also quite budget friendly) which you can read all about in my last post. I wanted to keep this small space really clean and minimal but still feel relaxed so we brought in a vintage rug, this platform bed, and kept the bedding and bench white to match the walls. The small wood side tables add warmth and the sculptural lamps (from Target) bring just enough geometric visual impact to double as functional art.

When it came time for me to come up with a headboard idea, I saw these floor cushions and thought hanging them on the wall would be a perfect relaxed but modern take on a headboard.

HEADBOARD DIY

Supplies needed:
2 Floor Cushions
3/4″ Copper Pipe
Leather (or Faux Leather, I found mine at Walmart!)
Needle & Thread
Exacto Knife
Hammer & Nails
Tape Measure

DIY headboard // bedroom before & after // sarah sherman samuelStep 1: Once you have everything ready, use the exacto knife to cut 4 strips of leather that measure 3.25″ x 7″ (you don’t really need 7″ in length but I made it longer than necessary so it was easier to handle while sewing and then trimmed the excess after).

DIY headboard // bedroom before & after // sarah sherman samuelStep 2: Fold the piece of leather in half and starting 4″ from one edge of the cushion use a simple up and under hand stitch to sew the strap onto the cushion.

DIY headboard // bedroom before & after // sarah sherman samuelStep 3: Repeat step 2 for the other side of the cushion and then again on the second cushion.

Step 4: You can pick up the copper pipe at a local hardware store and have them cut it down to size for you or use a sawzall to cut it. This will vary depending on the size of bed you have (I had the pipe hang past the edge of the bedframe about 5 inches on each side).

Step 5: Loop the copper pole through the leather straps and secure to the wall. I used 8 small finish nails, driving the nail into the wall at an upwards angle so that the copper pipe sits securely in the V shape created by the nail and the wall. I placed the nails on either side of each leather strap so they are hidden but the actual strap. An alternative option would be to use matching copper brackets to attach it to the wall but I used what I had on hand at the time.

DIY headboard // bedroom before & after // sarah sherman samuelAnd you’re finished! So now, as promised, onto the before and afters of the room…

BEFORE AND AFTER

DIY headboard // bedroom before & after // sarah sherman samuelDIY headboard // bedroom before & after // sarah sherman samuelAnd now for a view once we got it all cleaned out…

DIY headboard // bedroom before & after // sarah sherman samuel

Shop the Post: Platform Bed Frame // Bench // Vintage Rug // Lamps from Target // Bedside Table from High Fashion Home // Cushions (for DIY headboard) // Paint color is Polar Bear by Behr

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