DIY Kingsize Headboard

What’s this – 2 blog posts in 2 weeks? That’s almost unheard of round here! You would think I have excess time on my hands. Actually, that’s quite far from the case, in fact things are more hectic than ever! I’ve recently taken on a new role at work which I’m delighted about and we’re focusing more and more time on wedding planning! In among all that, we have a house to fill with furniture to make it look less like a shell… Quite a task when you only started with 2 side tables and a temperamental floor lamp! The good news is that things are coming along and this past week we finally managed to MAKE and INSTALL a headboard for our bed!

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I’d like to just take a minute to talk about the bed. This bed is my most favourite purchase for the house. It is the most comfortable thing I’ve ever had the pleasure of flopping my body onto. You don’t appreciate how important a bed really until you have a crap one. In our old house the bed and mattress were brand new but SO uncomfortable to me. The mattress gave me such a sore back on it’s own that we had to invest in a memory foam topper just so I could get some sleep. When we were choosing our bed I was basically prepared to throw ALL THE MONEY at it because it was so important to me. We tried many, many shops and finally settled on this dream king size divan & mattress set. I won’t mention where it’s from as the service I had from the shop was pretty terrible but even that doesn’t dampen my love for this bed. ANYWAY, when we bought the bed we decided to pass on the headboards they had available in the shop because there was no way I was spending another £250 on a piece of covered MDF – thank you very much! We decided we could at least try to make one for a fraction of that cost and I think it turned out pretty well.

The process was pretty simple and the cost of all the materials (including a swish new staple gun) came to under £90 which I’m delighted with. In true blogger style I attempted to document the process. Also this is the first real DIY project that Ian and I ever ever worked on as a team so I thought adding more stress to the situation by stopping every 5 minutes to take a photo would be a good idea 🙂

Materials

  • MDF board (cut to size at B&Q for free)
  • 2 pre-cut wooden posts (also B&Q)
  • 2m of upholstry fabric (from Remnant Kings)
  • 2m of wadding fabric (Remnant Kings)
  • 2inch thick foam (cut to the correct size and bought at the most random little shop in Glasgow city centre that exclusively sells foam products – who knew?)
  • Staple gun & staples (Amazon)
  • Sandpaper, nails and other handy DIY tools like a drill
*Gathering the materials for this job was the most difficult part. Not because they were hard to come by, but because we were woefully under-prepared for how big a bit of MDF we would need to fit into Ian’s tiny toy car. Basically, the main thing I’m taking away from this project is that we need a bigger car in our arsenal.

Once we actually had all of the above in our possession, we set up a make-shift work bench (*note to self: Get proper work bench for future DIY projects) from lawn furniture in the garage. Then Ian started brandishing tools.

Look at all that brandashing
Look at all that brandishing *Still has the sleeve on – we have no idea what we’re doing.

It may not seem like it, but we know our limitations so went for a very basic square headboard. The MDF is the same width as the bed (152cm) and we figured we would need the height to be 80cm taller than the mattress. We measured the spacing of the holes in the divan meant for the headboard screws and transferred this to the posts, making 2 holes in each one. We then spaced the supporting posts 15cm in from the edge of the MDF and secured them with wood glue and nails for extra stability. This is the basic frame in the crap picture above!

The foam was cut to the same dimensions as the board and is 2 inches deep so it’s nice and cushioned. We attached this with some spray adhesive to the top of the board just to hold it in place for all the yanking that was to come.

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We laid our wadding out and placed the frame face down on top of it so that the side with the posts was facing up. Taking it in turns (because it was actually hard work) we then pulled the wadding tightly over it to smooth out the edge of the foam and secured it to the back using the staple gun. Once the wadding was secured we repeated this step with the actual fabric.

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This took a fair amount of time and caused more than a little grunting on my part. We found the best way was to pull tightly on the 3 visible edges and then yank with all our might on the bottom edge so that it compressed the foam to the board. It’s kind of hard to explain but hopefully you can see from the picture below what I mean. This taught edge means that the headboard meets the mattress nice and snug.

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LOOK HOW DELIGHTED HE IS WITH OUR HANDYWORK!

I paid special attention to the corners and found a way to fold in the fabric so that it was kind of mitred. We cut slits in the wadding and fabric to be able to wrap both around the posts. This but won’t be visible so we weren’t too concerned about how it looked, as long as nothing was poking out! Below you can see how long the posts extend down from the board. We wanted to make the frame as sturdy as possible while making sure it would be flush with the wall. Ideally the posts would go all the way to the floor when the headboard is attached but then they would be hitting the skirting board behind the bed and would angle the board which may cause splintering. (I EVEN SOUND LIKE I KNOW WHAT I’M DOING NOW!)

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This is the back of the board and one of the corners. It looks pretty crap but it’s very secure and looks lovely from the front which is the main thing. I also turned under the raw edge of the fabric and stapled that to the board too so we wouldn’t have any fraying.

It’s quite the structure once it was attached to the bed, almost imposing, but it definitely completes the room and makes the bed feel even more luxurious! I’m calling our first joint DIY project a success and now I have about 5 bajillion more things that I want to make 🙂 On to the next one!

DIY Flower Crown

Are flower crowns still a ‘thing’? I hope so because I’m ALL OVER IT right now!

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Gingerlily were kind enough to send me a crafty pack full of silk flowers and other bits and bobs to let my creativity run wild. They are gearing up for the imminent approach of the Chelsea Flower Show and the minute I seen the white roses… I knew my project would have to be a DIY flower crown!

Never having made a flower crown before, I had a quick look around Pinterest to see if I could pick up any tips and tricks. The good news – flower crowns are super easy to make! You can throw anything at it and it looks amazing! Encouraged by this, I gathered my supplies and set to work.

flower crown supplies

For this flower crown, I used:

  • Floral wire
  • 22 gauge Jewellery Wire
  • a glue gun
  • some silver beads (small and large)
  • a length of white ribbon
  • some pliers
  • wire cutters
  • selection of silk flowers

I started by measuring my head and looped the wire round twice, twisting it together to give me a strong base. Then I wrapped the crown in the the white ribbon, securing the ends with hot glue.

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From there, I took my jewellery wire and started placing the flowers. This was the most fiddly bit, but some planning and patience goes a long way. Take the flower bud, hold it against the crown and wrap the jewellery wire around to secure. Continue adding in flowers along the length of the crown, securing with the wire as you go.

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To add in the beads, I just threaded them onto the end of the wire and twisted them round the crown to separate the flowers. I think this gives the whole thing such a nice effect an adds a bit of sparkle.

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I’m really pleased with the final result. Not ashamed to say that I have a bit of a prance around my garden while wearing it feeling like quite the flower child. I can see many more flower crowns in my future! Thanks again to Gingerlily for the supplies – check out their website for the most beautiful silk bedding!

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DIY Selfie Wall

We had a bit of a do on Halloween to celebrate our engagement with our extended family so obviously that called for the creation of a DIY selfie wall. It was a great addition to the party, was so easy to make and cost all of £7! Supplies:

  • Crepe Paper – 2 sheets of black and 2 of white.
  • Gold Foil Strands (I got mine from Ikea back in May for 25p a packet).
  • A large piece of cardboard to act as your background
  • A smaller piece of cardboard for the sign.
  • Black and gold poster paint
  • Sticky Tape
  • Some garden wire to hang it all up

We shall start with the sign…DIY selfie wall sign

I cut the corners off my smaller cardboard rectangle to give my sign a nicer shape and then painted it black. I then took my gold paint and drew the outline of the sign and then painted the words… Pretty straight-forward and not very neat, but this was a last-minute addition which was successfully thrown together the night before the party!

We made the backdrop by taping strands of cut-up crepe paper to the larger piece of cardboard and separating each row with a layer of gold foil tinsel. All that was left to do was to hand it up on the back door and BAM… A DIY selfie booth! Here it is in action.

diy selfie booth

diy selfie booth

Some of the photos we have from our party are fantastic simply because of this wall. We also had a box of props which you can see being well utilised by my mum and I above! I know it’s quite popular to have a photobooth at your wedding but I quite like the thought of having a selfie station instead, and it’s a fraction of the cost! I’ll leave you with one last picture of me because I spent a crap-tonne of time on my hair and make up as the Bride of Frankenstein and I think I look fierce.

check that contour though.
check that contour though.

 

Guest Room Progress and a DIY Striped Wall

After a weekend of some intense DIY, we have made some great progress on my Mum’s guest bedroom! I shared the mood board here if you would like to have a look at the original plan but I think it’s safe to say we’ve slightly deviated! The main task was to get the walls and furniture painted which doesn’t seem like too much of a task, but add to that a DIY striped wall and things start to get tight! Thankfully it all went pretty smoothly so let me share some of the progress that we made.

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This was our blank slate. Before I even got there my Mum, Dad and Nana had stripped the walls, added cornicing and put up new lining paper. On Saturday morning we went to B&Q to choose paint colours and we decided to go for ?? as the base colour and Chartreuse Frost for the accent stripes. The rest of Saturday was spent painting the walls with ?? and we also used this colour for the wardrobe and drawer unit.

On Sunday, it was up to me to tackle the accent wall! Thankfully it was pretty straightforward and I managed to finish it in a couple of hours. I know there are a million tutorials on how to do a DIY striped wall but here I am, throwing in my two cents! First, I measured my wall (which was 238.5cm) and decided that it would look best with 9 stripes at 26.5cm each. I then gathered all my supplies: A tape measure, a BIG spirit level, a pencil, frog tape and some cardboard. I measured and cut the cardboard so that it would be the exact width of my stripes. This meant that I wouldn’t have to faff about with a tape measure and probably do myself an injury.

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With my pencil and template, working from the top of the wall down, I marked out the placement of the stripes and then joined up my marks with a spirit level. I can’t tell you how handy it was to have a really long spirit level for this! Once the lines were drawn, I got to work with the taping.

Another thing that made this job a breeze was the frog tape! It has a really clean edge and doesn’t loose it’s stickiness like regular masking tape. The trick with this step is to tape outside of the lines that you’re going to paint. Hopefully the picture below will give you a better idea of what I mean.

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Once all of the lines and sides of the wall were taped off, I went over them with a light coat of the base colour (you can kind of see this in the above image too). This ensured that if there was any bleed under the tape, it would be the base colour and therefore unnoticeable. Then I simply painted my stripes with a small roller in the accent colour and left to dry for only 10 minutes before removing the tape. Doing this while the paint is still slightly wet meant that I wouldn’t risk peeling off big chunks of dried paint with the tape and I have to say it worked like a charm!

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It’s so hard to photograph properly especially with just the camera on my phone but hopefully you get the idea. There were a couple of touch-ups to do where I got a little roller happy but I’m really pleased with how it turned out! I’m heading back there in 2 weeks to finish off the job so check back then to see the end result… It’s going to be a beaut!

Ikea Lack Coffee Table Hack

I have a DIY post for y’all today and it’s a pretty exciting one IMO! I have conquered another Ikea hack and I just couldn’t wait to show you 🙂 Before we jump right in, let me give you a bit of background. For those of you who don’t know what the hell an Ikea hack it, it’s basically taking a piece of standard Ikea furniture and transforming it into something more. It can be anything from just painting a dresser a different colour, to a full scale transformation of a bookshelf into a 3-piece suite (it could happen). The possibilities are endless and the great thing is that you can have that amazing custom look with the Ikea price tag. Can I get an AMEN? I had a whole weekend to myself so I decided to attempt the Ikea Lack coffee table hack and I’m stunned with how well it turned out!ikea lack coffee table hack stained wood

I’m IN LOVE! The ground floor of our house is all open plan and I was finding it difficult to separate the dinning area and living room. Apparently all I needed was a coffee table and a rug! Speaking of rugs, I couldn’t be more in love with our newest addition. I’m all about the Ikea rugs so I just couldn’t resist the SNEKKERSTEN baby when I spotted it online. That pattern, I die! It’s actually an amazing price for the size and I even layered it with the old rug we had in the space. Call Better Homes and Gardens right now, I’m ready for my cover feature!!

Back to the main feature! I started with the Ikea Lack coffee table in white and for a whole £14 I wasn’t too worried about ruining it if my hack failed to work. I then gathered the rest of my supplies from B&Q. For this project I needed a piece of plywood 90cm x 55cm. Here’s a tip: If you don’t have access to power tools/are deathly afraid of power tools then B&Q offers a timber cutting service in some of their bigger stores. Just pick out your piece and they will cut it to size for you. I’ve used this service for shelving too and it works like a charm! Just remember to triple check your measurements. I also needed some wood stain and heavy duty glue wood glue.

ikea lack coffee table hack suppliesI have a nest of side tables in my living room already so I wanted to try and match up the wood colours as much as possible. After much deliberation I went with B&Q’s own brand wood varnish in the colour rich walnut.

ikea lack coffee table hack supplies 2Thankfully it was a lovely day so I was able to paint everything and leave it to dry outside. This is the first time I’ve ever stained a piece of wood and it took me a bit of time to get the hang of it. I found that the trick is to do long sweeping strokes with the grain of the wood. Here it is after 1 coat…

ikea lack coffee table hack stained wood…and after the 2nd (with all the glamour of a bin)

ikea lack coffee table hack stained woodIt’s hard to et the actual colour on camera but this is pretty close to how it looks IRL! I then waited a good 2 hours for it to dry and then added the wood glue in equally-ish spaced dots.

ikea lack coffee table hack stained wood glueAfter that all I had to do was place the plywood on top of the table and Bob’s your uncle, Fanny’s your aunt and I have a gorgeous table!

ikea lack coffee table hack stained woodThe most exciting part was accessorizing it with bits and pieces that I’ve picked up along the way, like a decorative plate and storm lantern!

ikea hack lack coffee table wood top styleI also placed some books on the shelf underneath. I would love to be the person that has some beautiful artsy coffee table books in her possession, but this is a creative house so we have an encyclopaedia of crafts, Sewlicious by Kate Haxell and Leon cookbook for naturally fast food. Keeping it real, guys! The little storage box also holds extra candles and matches 🙂

ikea hack lack coffee table wood top style booksI’m so pleased with how this turned out! It’s really pulled my whole livingroom together and now I just sit there and marvel at the gloriousness. Have you been inspired by the Ikea Lack coffee table hack? Peace out.

Fun with Mosaic

I’m back from my holidays and raring to go! It was a fabulous 2 week break and I will have a little round-up coming in the next few days but for now I have to show you a little project that I’ve been working on! The lovely folks at Topps Tiles got in touch to see if I would be game to have a go at a mosaic project. I’ve seen so many pretty mosaic pieces all over the internet recently so I just couldn’t wait to get started on my own masterpiece. To cover my bases as I have never worked with mosaic supplies before I decided to do a couple of projects, the first being a mosaic paving stone.

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OK… Confession time kids. I had planned to do a whole tutorial cause this was so much fun to make, but as I like to keep things real here so I have to tell you that this paving stone was a bit of a disaster. Long story short: I was trying to be too clever by using a silicone cake mould for the stone but the concrete shifted about too much and ended up covering all the tiles on the bottom! After a small fit (read wailing toddler tantrum) I decided to just glue the tiles to the stone with outdoor grade glue – problem solved!

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If you really want to try this out for yourself I command you to visit Intimate Weddings for an excellent tutorial and I implore you not to cut any corners. If you would rather not get your hands dirty then just buy a pre-made paving stone 🙂

The thing I really like about mosaic is that it’s not meant to be perfect – ideal for me! If you take out the mistake part of the process then this couldn’t have been easier to make – the tiles are even cut to size for you! I especially like how it’s adding a bit of colour to my little herb garden 🙂 After the paving stone saga I still had a tonne of tiles left over so I decided to jazz up a frame that I had lying around.

mosaic mirror

Again this couldn’t have been easier to do and was actually really therapeutic! The tiles are stuck on with some special mosaic glue so they are going nowhere. Do you like the print in the frame? I think it’s pretty appropriate for this project lol!

All of the tiles that I have used in the above masterpieces are available at Topps Tiles, and if you’re curious the exact products can be found here and here. Now I’m off to cover my house in more mosaic creations but I will be back in the imminent future with fun stories from my recent trips! Toodaloo!

 

*This post was created in collaboration with Topps Tiles, however all views expressed are my own.*

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DIY Potted Herb Garden

I’ve wanted to have a go at making a DIY potted herb garden ever since we moved into our house and I’m happy to report that I’ve finally done it!

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It took me a while to decide what kind of herb situation I wanted as there are so many different options on Pinterest! I played around with using an old palette for a while and then came to my senses and went for the easier potted version which I spoke about in one of my earlier garden posts. I also enlisted a helper so we had the whole thing finished in about 10 minutes 🙂

potted herb garden supplies

We bought all of our supplies from B&M Homestores – I coudn’t believe the range of plants they had for really great prices. For 3 herb plants, a spade, compost, 2 post and plant tags the total came to less than £15!

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First we filled the larger pot with some compost and then figured out the position of the top pot. We then took 2 of the plants, broke up the roots a bit, and then planted them around the edge. We then added the smaller pot, half-filled it with compost and then placed the 3rd plant in the centre. I don’t know if you’re supposed to break up the roots but that’s something my Grandma always told me to do when I helped in her garden as a young sprog.

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So we have oregano and thyme on the bottom and rosemary on the top. I think it looks great and we’ve already been using the herbs in our meals 🙂 I tell you the thyme sprinkled over a piece of salmon and baked in the over with some butter is absolutely delicious!

potted herb garden

 

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