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!

Pyrography and DIY Wedding Decorations

Good morning folks! I’ve been a busy little bee recently and have bashed our some major wedding planning during my blog absence. We’ve made a fair bit of progress – mainly booking our Photographer, settling on a theme and also… *drumroll* I SAID YES TO THE DRESS. Obviously I can’t say much more about that but I’m absolutely delighted with all of the above! Speaking of wedding theme, I’ve started making up some of my own decor items for the day, (nothing like being an eager beaver) and thought I’d give you a peek at my new crafty tool.

pyrography kit

Pyrography. Every time I say the word, The Prodigy starts playing in my head. Not a bad thing! I spotted this little kit on sale for a tenner in TK Maxx (where else) so I though I’d give it a go. We’re going to be using a lot of wood for our wedding decor so I thought this could be a cute way to add a bit of personalisation to some items. The kit came with the pyrography tool, a little stand for it, 3 different nibs and some wood tags.

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The idea is that you use it like a pen but instead of using ink, you burn or char your design onto wood. The pen gets wildly hot so you have to be really careful to only hold the plastic part of the tool but once your get used to it I found it pretty easy. I used the tags to practise on for a while and then when I was quite confident using the tool, I attacked these wooden hearts for a sort of ‘carved-our-names-onto-a-tree’ look.

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I think they’re really pretty! This was done with the pointed tip nib which gives the most consistent result with even heat distribution. I’ve engraved 50 of these hearts and glued them to some jute twine and they make really lovely and natural looking bunting. Things are really starting to come together now!

DIY Bridal Hair Vine

I have 100001 other things I could be getting up to right now but instead I spent some time recently learning how to bead. I need another craft like I need a gaping hole in my tiny brain but there I was, getting tied into knots with jewellery wire and poking myself in the hand with pliers. It wasn’t a complete disaster though! I did manage to make something that resembles my initial inspiration … A bridal hair vine.

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So I know I’m not getting married for another 16 months (465 days, but who’s counting) but this idea kept bobbing about my brain and I just wanted to see if it was something I could make. I first seen the idea on Pinterest (obviously) and sourced the image back to a company based in Australia. Taking into account shipping and taxes, getting a hair vine made by them would cost me close to £500… I know wedding stuff is expensive but spending that much on a piece for my hair is completely out of the question! Thankfully I really like my first attempt so I’ll definitely be making one myself for my wedding.

diy rose gold bridal hair vine

This version was just a test as I’ve never attempted to make jewellery before. For the real deal I’ll probably do it in silver with pearl accents but I wanted to make a copper version because I’m actually obsessed with that colour right now! It’s a lot smaller than the one for the wedding too. For the real deal I’ll be looking to make it about 20 inches long and this one is only 7… Gonna need a lot of wire!

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.

 

Mum’s Guest Bedroom Reveal

At the end of last year my Mum set me the task of transforming her spare room into a chic space for guests. You can read all about the plans for the room and also about how we made a striped accent wall here, but today it’s all about the reveal baby! Unfortunately I don’t have any actual before pictures which is a bit of a bummer, but I can assure you that it’s a VAST improvement. Drumroll please…

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I only had my phone on me so the pictures could be better, but if you look past that – how cute does this guest bedroom look! You can see the VERY subtle striped wall in the background and this is also the new trundle bed which is super comfy! I can attest to that because this entire room was finished before Christmas and I had the pleasure of sleeping in it. If you’re interested in where any of the items came from, I’ll try to have everything linked at the end of this post.

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The bed is the only new piece of furniture as we gave the old wardrobe and dresser a fresh coat of paint using the wall colour and now they look ace!

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white painted dresser diy

We decided that it would be a great idea to make a gallery wall in this room as the main wall was looking a bit bare. We found everything in the picture below, along with the most beautiful throw which is on the bed, at the new Homesense store at Fort Kinnaird in Edinburgh.This is definitely a work in progress but my mum can easily add to it as she finds pieces that she loves.

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I absolutely love the chandelier which my mum found at Wilko! Big shout out to my dad for fitting it with minimal moaning.

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So there you have it! A completely revamped guest room designed by yours truly. I’ve tried to link to things as best as I can below for reference if you’re interested. I really enjoyed this whole project and it was lovely to do it all with my mum. Now what I can paint next!

PomPom Christmas Wreath

Merry Boldly Gold Christmas Chaps! Some of you Scrooges out there may be cursing me for amping up the festivities before December has even hit but let me tell you, Christmas has been in full swing over here for a full month already! Decorating the house is still a complete novelty to me so the tree goes up on the 1st of December to get the maximum Christmas effect. I also plan to obnoxiously decorate my real-life work desk too! If you were a follower last year, you’ll know that I was all about those wreaths, bout those wreaths, no tinsel (is this pop reference still viable?) You can read about last year’s efforts right here but I’ve amped it up a notch for 2014 with a POMPOM Christmas Wreath. Please, try and contain your excitement.

pompom christmas wreathLook at how glorious it is! 2014 has definitely been the year of the pompom so I thought I’d honour that with a wreath. It was incredibly easy to make, in fact so easy that I’m going to show you the step-by-step 🙂

You will need:

1 Styrofoam wreath. I used a 12 inch but feel free to go bigger or smaller.

2 complimentary yarns. I used 3 skeins of The Women’s Institute Soft and Chunky yarn in cream, and 1 skein of Rico Creative Reflection in the forest colour-way.

5m of 3inch Hessian or burlap ribbon.

8 inches of complimentary ribbon.

A wooden initial letter. (I’m representing Boldly Gold with mine)

Standard craft glue.

A large PomPom maker.

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Start by making your pompoms. I needed 10 large ones to cover my 12inch wreath form so adjust this number if you have a different size. I wanted my pompoms to have 2 different colours so I chose 2 yarns to work with. If you’ve never used a pompom maker before (where have you been?) then I have a quick tutorial that you can read. To make these poms, first wrap one side of the device with one colour yarn and then follow with the other colour, like so.

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Continue in this way a couple of times on each side and then cut and join your pompom together with the first colour of yarn. Make sure to leave the tails long enough to wrap around your wreath form. This does take a bit of time to do so sit down with a good movie and just plough through. When you’re finished you will have a basket of joy.

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Now, take your wreath and wrap the burlap or Hessian ribbon around it. Secure the ends with a blob of craft glue on the back.

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Now it’s time to add your pompoms! Take each one and tie it around the wreath. Secure with a knot at the back. For the initial, spray paint it in the colour of your choice (I chose gold) and then attach the 8inch piece of ribbon to the back of it with glue. The final step it to simply add this hanging initial to the back of the wreath with another blob of glue!

finished pom pom initial wreath

Deck your door with the finished wreath and bask in the envy of your neighbours with smug abandon.

pompom christmas wreath

My door looks December-ready but does yours? Direct Blinds* who kindly provided the materials for this project want to see a nation of festive doors so grab the glue gun and deck out a wreath this Christmas. If you do, make sure to send me a picture on Twitter and also tag @directblinds so that they can see your creation too! Happy crafting 🙂

*This is a sponsored post however all views and opinions are my own.

 

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.

diy striped wall tape

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!

diy striped wall

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!