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!

Appliqued Scatter Cushion

Oh look. Here I am showing off a basic cushion. Blogging has hit new and exciting heights, people.

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Looks like a cushion, smells like a cushion, acts like a cushion but it is so much more. This is an urgent reminder that I can actually sew. This mere cushion is a symbol of the end of my hibernation period. I’m back, bitches*.

*AND WITH EVEN MORE ANNOYING GIFS. YOU’RE WELCOME.

My triumphant return began with a desperate need for curtains in the new house. Let me set the scene: New house. No curtain poles. Crippling fear of drilling holes in new walls. Lack of skills to install curtain poles, even if I wanted to. ‘Temporary’ solution of tension curtain rod in the bedroom that could only hold the weight of 2 sheer voiles before crashing to the ground.  Daylight streaming through the window at 4.30am. Waking up at 4.30am every single morning. Fixing that problem by buying 2 SUPER ATTRACTIVE sleep masks. ‘Temporary’ solution remaining for 8 weeks. Finally caving and admitting that we need actual curtains. Charging the drill and assembling all the parts necessary for curtain pole installation. Chickening out and calling my dad for help. Make my dad do the job while I critique his work. Finally have functioning, light-blocking curtains. Halle-freaking-lujah.

After hemming the curtains to fit the window I had some left-over fabric and this was the outcome. A very simple cushion, zip and all, will an appliqued heart motif because I’m so original.

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I basted the heart to the cushion first then used a really tight zig-zag stitch to enclose all the edges to make sure it wouldn’t fray. I think this is probably the first time I’ve done any proper applique-ing and I actually found it pretty therapeutic.

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I padded it with a cheap Ikea pillow form and it’s now happily residing on our cloud-like bed. Thank goodness for simple and satisfying projects!

Our New House!

Holy crap. I’m a homeowner.

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Side note – It was a funny couple of months leading up to the move. I was in a state of constant limbo – not wanting to start a new project because I knew it would have to be packed away eventually, not that I even could if I wanted to. My whole creative brain packed its bags and took an extended holiday. I’m very glad to report that we are now back in business! My neuroses are under control and the creative juices are flowing.

So, we closed the deal for the house in August 2015 and waited so long to get into our home. Then found out there would be an additional 3 week delay which almost killed me. We got there eventually and have been happily living there for 7 weeks now! It’s a 3 bedroom, south-facing, detached beauty in Uddingston and I’m still in a constant state of shock that we actually own it. I took some quick snaps the day before we moved in for posterity.

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the en-suite bathroom
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My favourite part – the kitchen! It’s a beauty.

And of course, the door.

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I can now proudly say that we have a door number. It’s all very exciting.

Previously, we had always lived in furnished, rented accommodation so there was never a need for us to buy any of our own furniture. Unfortunately that now means that we need EVERYTHING. We currently have 1 sofa (there should be 2 – it’s a whole thing and causes me great anxiety), a TV unit, the most comfortable bed in South Lanarkshire, a selection of desks (CRAFT ROOM) and a coffee table. I know the rest will come with time, but the urge to go and blow a bomb on everything all at once is strong.

As it is a new build, we got to choose all the fittings like carpets, tiles, kitchen cabinets and even wall colours. We didn’t really appreciate how much of a help this was until we finally moved in and realised everything else that we had to buy! Not having to worry about replacing/adding flooring or turfing the garden is such a relief. There are a few little changes we would like to make down the line but we now have the luxury of time. I’m absolutely thrilled with how it’s turned out and now we can truly make our mark on the place.

We Bought a House

You read that right, folks. We bought a house! We’re grown-ups, adults, home-owners… Well we will be once the damn thing is built! I know I’m incredibly lucky to be in this situation but it’s all quite overwhelming. I want to share how we got to this point for posterity and maybe it might help someone else who is stumbling around the internet in the same situation that I was in a few months ago! It might get a bit long-winded and I’ll probably overuse gifs – you have been warned!

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It was the end of January 2015 and after a random discussion about how much money we’ve spent on rent living together for the past 3 years, Ian and I seriously started to to consider buying a house. We had the ‘money talk’ which is never not awkward and set ourselves a rough budget for our first home. Unbeknownst to us, we greatly underestimated how much houses actually cost in our area! Anyway, I took on the job of looking around for places that fit our ‘want list’ which was along the lines of:

  • 3 Bedrooms
  • A garden
  • in the South Lanarkshire area
  • Enough space for a craft room*

*I’m seriously not kidding about the last point. A craft room is good for my sanity and Ian whole-heartedly agrees. He’s a good egg 🙂

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Anyway, once I had narrowed down the options, we came to the conclusion that a new build would suit our needs best. Thankfully there are more than a few developments under way in the area but we were sure that we wanted to stay close to a main street and not just in the middle of a sea of houses. This definitely made things more difficult when searching as it’s so hard to tell without knowing the overall area. I thought it would be a great idea to visit 8 sites in the 1 day to quickly and efficiently rule out the unsuitable plots… It went a bit like this:

We couldn’t find site 1… Liked number 2… Hated number 3… LOVED number 4… Decided it was too expensive… Half-heartedly mooched around 5 and 6… Loathed number 7 and gave up by number 8.

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We were driving around the Greater Glasgow area for 8 hours that day. I do not recommend it.

That night and the next day we couldn’t get site number 4 out of our heads. I felt absolutely gutted that it wasn’t going to be our home. I even have the Snapchat story to prove it.

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At this point there was A LOT of soul searching and after speaking to our families and a financial advisor, we came to the conclusion that yes, it was more than what we originally wanted to spend, but actually we could afford it. Obviously the cheap-skate in me took over when we were deciding our budget! Decision made – we went for it! After that there was lots of back and forth between ourselves, the house builder, the financial advisor and our solicitor. I don’t think I’ve ever sent as many emails in such a short space of time. The main thing is now everything is signed and we are officially signed up for our house! Cue the dancing girls!

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So our house is being built by a Scottish company called Springfield who are based in Elgin. They work a bit differently to other builders in that they won’t actually start building the house until you’ve signed a contract and paid a partial deposit. Our estimated date for completion isn’t until February/March 2016 which seems like an age away, but I’ve already had to make all the interior decisions for our home! A lot of new builds include kitchen cabinets and maybe a bathroom suite but I was overwhelmed with what is actually included in our house price…

  • A choice of kitchen cabinets and worktops
  • Integrated Smeg appliances (cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer)
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Porcelanosa tiles for all bathrooms
  • Vanity units for all bathrooms
  • Carpet and lino throughout the whole house
  • Painted walls
  • Interior doors, handles, sockets and switches
  • Turfed front and back garden
  • Paved driveway
  • Fitted wardrobes in all bedrooms

I’ve probably forgotten things but holy cow that’s a lot of decisions to make. And we’re not talking having a choice of 2 options… We were sent to full-out showrooms for the tiles, bathrooms, kitchen and wardrobes! To say I was overwhelmed is putting it mildly. However, I have to say the process was actually very lovely and all the suppliers couldn’t have been any more helpful, especially the lovely lady who showed us around at Porcelanosa! I’m not 100% sure everything is actually going to match – especially the paint colours in each room as those decisions were made after maybe 1 too many gins on a Friday evening – but they’re pretty much confirmed in blood now so if it’s all a riot you can be sure I’ll be crying about it here in 6 months time.

Speaking of interiors… Remember when I used to blog about DIY projects? My most viewed post to this date is still my Ikea Lack Coffee Table Hack so you can expect an uptake of things like that in the new year as I struggle to furnish my new house! In the meantime I have a few interior-related posts which I want to share which I hope you’ll enjoy! I couldn’t be more excited about this huge, grown-up step Ian and I are taking together…. Hurry up 2016!

 

DIY Peg Bag

The weather is finally starting to change and you know what that means…

…I can hang my washing outside! You thought I was going to wax lyrical about summer days and cocktails in the sun, right? Nah, these days I get excited about washing hanging from a line in my back garden. In the spirit of indulging my inner washer-woman, I decided to whip up an overly-fancy peg bag, as you do.

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Not one to do things by halves, this is a SELF DRAFTED pattern for a bloody peg bag. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again now; I have too much time on my hands.

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LOOK! So functional.

What else can I say about my peg bag? Well it’s structure comes from a wire coat hanger that was just begging to be fiddled with. I drew around it one Sunday morning and before I knew it I was cutting, pinning and QUILTING into the afternoon. That’s right, my peg bag is QUILTED.

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I used this pretty fabric from the old stash and bound the edges with some rogue bias binging left over from that time where I made a make-up brush pouch. I swear I lead a fulfilled life.

Anyway I was practically giddy when I finished it, only to be brought back down to Earth with a hard smack when I showed it to Ian. “It’s quite good,” he shrugged, “but what was wrong with the little basket we already had?” I refused to dignify that with an answer and barricaded myself if my craft room for the rest of the day. I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life.

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I love my peg bag.

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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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!

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!