Recovered Headboard

Saturday, January 29, 2011

 Are you ready for another home decor post? Good, because you're getting one!

Ok, so since I painted our guest room a VERY light blue, and bought all white bedding for it, I wasn't feeling the dark brown leather headboard that was originally in the room.

Since I'm too cheap to go out and buy a new one, I decided that I wanted to reupholster it myself. Thankfully, I have a WONDERFUL mother-in-law who offered to help me while they were in town this past weekend. We weren't sure if it would turn out well, but we knew we had to try it! We spent pretty much all Friday afternoon buying fabric and supplies for the new headboard.

I found directions to make a trufted fabric headboard HERE, and we used that as our guide. Let me just say that I would have NEVER been able to do this without Judy (my MIL)...she was so talented at this! And she understands my need for things to be perfect :).

We were the most nervous about tufting the headboard....but we did it and it looks amazing! The fabric that I picked out is really busy, so it's hard to see the buttons and how much detail that add, but I promise it looks great in real life.

Here is the back of the headboard, I threaded the buttons and Judy tied them to back.

I am in LOVE with this. It matches the room perfectly. And we did the whole thing for about $40!

I learned that making fabric covered buttons is SO easy and kind of fun :). That was one of my jobs. I should also mention that Bryan helped us out so much by drilling the holes for the buttons.

We spent about an hour trying to make the corners lay right. It was hard work, but it looks really good. You can see one of them really well in this picture:

Here it is with some of the bedding (I'm still not completely done with that part yet).

I really love this project--it is probably one of my favorites!

Have a great rest of your weekend!


  1. This is super cute Katy!

    I bought a desk from Sam's over a year ago and when we started putting it together, the top wooden frame was too bowed for the glass to sit into it, so we called the company and they just shipped us a new top frame. I still have the old frame... I'm going out to my parents' soon to cut a board to lay in (like the glass would) and I want to cover the board and hang this all on the wall like a headboard for our guest room. Not sure if that makes sense, but I say all that to say... I may need some help from you!!

    Great job! :)

  2. Aw thanks!! I would LOVE to help if you need it--I'm helping Whit make a headboard next week--we can have a party haha!

  3. lovely fabric choice. y'all did a great job with it.

  4. I was just looking at that fabric for a chair I just bought. You did a great job!

  5. Looks really professional and beautiful. Easy to change when you tastes change.

  6. Oh my goodness, it looks AMAZING! Great job!! Oh, if you want to know how I made the mirror table I posted the how to yesterday. There is also a link at the bottom of the post you read. Hope to see you around soon:)

  7. Did you pull the orginal buttons off the leather and sew new ones and tie to the back?

  8. Wow, I love this! The fabric is so pretty!

  9. Thanks, Sarah-- I will definitely be reading that!

    And the original one didn't have buttons--I just bought some at Joann's and sewed them to the back. Hope that helps!

  10. I love this headboard. You guys did an amazing job !! I have a similar brown one, and now I wanna change it ! (:


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