I don’t know what happened during the pandemic, but it’s crazy out in these design streets. I mean did everyone look around their home and collectively say “This is a dump! We need to redecorate!” The reason is that it has been so hard to find furniture, new or used, in the last few months. This is why today I’m sharing my strategies for how to find Ikea furniture on
Let me show you how I created a DIY Echo Dot Holder from some dollar store finds in minutes for only $3.00. You are going to love this! So I have to admit, I love a quick & cheap project. Here’s the thing, it can’t look cheap. If ya know what I mean. Such as it was with this project. I can’t wait to show you how it came out.
It’s late November and Turkey day is fast approaching. So I have a special treat! Today’s post comes from my friend Tanya over at A Crafted Life. Tanya creates simple, elegant crafts and affordable DIY projects, which makes her a kindred spirit to this blog. And even though she is my neighbor to the north in Canada and celebrates Thanksgiving earlier than us, I knew she would have something amazing
Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes The best thing about my favorite Thanksgiving recipes is that most of them are super simple to make. A few are even set and forget. So even though I can’t be with my family & friends this year, #2020, these recipes will make me think of them, and look forward to spending time with them next year. What dishes do you look forward to during the holidays?
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
- Art Canvas
- Foam (optional)
- Quilted Vinyl or Fabric
- Prong Back Upholstery Buttons (optional)
- Spray Adhesive
- Staple Gun & Staples
- Mounting Hardware
- MEASURE the headboard size. Here's a handy headboard chart to help you decide the correct width. I wanted my headboard to be tall and grand so I used my inspiration headboard to determine the height.
- PURCHASE ART CANVAS that is the correct height for your headboard. I was able to find a 48" x 24" canvas at Michaels. Since my bed is a California King, in order to get the correct width, I needed 3 canvases (72"). TIP: If you catch a BOGO sale it really saves $. FYI my headboard needed to be in 3 pieces (I'll explain later), but if you want a one-piece headboard, use some metal straps from the hardware store to join the canvases together into one piece.
- ASSEMBLE THE LAYERS first lay down and cut the fabric, allowing for at least 4" on all sides. Then cut your foam the exact size as the canvas (leave no allowance on sides). Now assemble the upside-down layers like this - fabric, foam, canvas. Use the spray adhesive in between each layer to keep things from shifting.
- START TO STAPLE! Pulling all the layers (not too tight) around to the back of the canvas, start stapling. To avoid the layers shifting, alternate sides to keep things even. . Go around the whole canvas making sure the fabric is tacked down well.
- TUFT IT OUT! This is totally optional but I just couldn't resist, I just had to tuft it! First, you need to decide how many tufts you want and where. TIP: Use a piece of masking tape to mark out your tufts. Then using prong upholstery buttons, punch the prong ends through all the layers. The pointed edge makes this easy. On the backside, pull the prong button as tight as necessary to create a good tuft. Separate the prongs to hold it in place.
- FINISHING TOUCHES. Since my headboard was in three pieces, I needed to attach hinges so they could fold back onto each other when not in use. I just used some door hinges I got at Home Depot. Around this time I realized the backside of the headboard wasn't looking too hot and since at least one canvasback would be visible I decided I needed to cover it. I used an inexpensive, plain white vinyl to cover the back and clean up the look.
- AND DONE! I used the hinges on either end of the canvases pieces to hang the headboard. Now I have a headboard that opens to allow light in during the day and closes at night to function as a real GRAND headboard. Nice rite? I told you it was easy!
In this tutorial, I mentioned that I used an art canvas that was 24"x 48" and that I used three to create my headboard. FYI these canvases come in all sizes some of them quite big. So depending on your needs, you might be able to find the perfect size ready to go without needing to join multiple canvases.
BACKSTORY: When I first was figuring out how this headboard project would come together, my husband was concerned about me covering up a window in case of an emergency. So even though there is another completely fine window on the other side of the room, I reworked the headboard to allow it to open and close allowing for access to the window. Hence the need for the headboard to be in three pieces.
VARIATIONS: Using the same easy process you could create a completely different look. Just purchase smaller canvases and cover them individually. Then either hang each one individually or attach them together to create one piece.
Or you could build your own custom canvas frames to create a horizontal headboard like this -
One of my favorite things to do on the weekend is to hunt the local thrift stores. This is especially true around Christmas time. I love finding things to use in my decorating. Sometimes I find holiday bargain finds that surprises even me. I ask myself “someone really didn’t want this?” as I tuck my prize under my arm.
Check out three of my all-time favorite holiday bargain finds and how you can easily recreate them.[Read More…]
One of the things I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to do is to mimic designer looks. I especially love it when its a cheap, easy DIY. I mean what’s not to love right. Well, today I’m gonna show you how I took $30 and turned into a $300 designer coffee table. Watch how I get a $300 look from a Dollar Store Coffee Table.
I know you are gonna love this project! Seriously this is a 1-2 hour project and the majority of that is drying time.
So let’s get into how I turned $30 into a $300 designer coffee table look-a-like. Oh, and you won’t believe how I finished off the table.[Read More…]