New Headboard Upholstery

Well, it started out as redoing the guest room. It became a dumping ground for all the mismatched furniture and belongings. I’m sure some of you know what I’m talking about. Some people choose to redo the guest room before the master bedroom. It wasn’t the case here. It ended up with any and everything that was replaced from other rooms.

So goes the headboard…….

It was a “lovely” red velvet castoff from the 60’s? It came with the second husband. I always teased him about his Bordello headboard, as that is what I imagined when a bachelor has a Red Velvet tufted headboard! He tried to hide it with some animal hide, but it was lurking under there just the same!

I didn’t get a good before photo (when I decided to reupholster I got it done!) it had also had a temporary makeover after we got married. In a striped fabric, then again when it was cast off into the guest room of our current house when I built our current headboard 10 years ago.

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So first I ripped the layers I added off.

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Be forwarned that when you decide to reupholster something it takes the longest to strip the old off and all those staples!

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So here she is all naked. I added longer legs so she shows when she is behind the bed. For some reason, I think maybe newer mattresses and box springs are thicker that they were back then? It seems that older headboards are short and don’t show up much.

So I had to add more to the back and extra foam the same thickness as the original. I wanted to make her taller. It was in great shape so I was able to use it over again.  As a side note the addition will be behind the mattress so really won’t show so no need to tuft or worry about the look of the new foam here.

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The foam already had the holes cut for the tufting. These are the size of a quarter, so they will have very deep tufting.

I chose a drop cloth and washed it several times with bleach and fabric softener drying it on High. This made it a nice soft piece of large cheap fabric in a neutral tone. This made the perfect backdrop for the guest room makeover. I spread it out and placed the funky Red Velvet piece I removed on top and cut it out with a little extra around the edges for good measure. You will use extra fabric when tufting and it is better to trim later than discover you are short on one side after you have worked so hard placing the buttons and arranging the fabric.

The buttons for the tufting were in great shape to reuse. I simply cut small circles from the new fabric.

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Then using the hot glue gun, attacked the new fabric to the buttons.

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Apply a little hot glue to the button top and around the back then scrunch the fabric around.

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Once the buttons where all done, I spread the cut fabric onto the top of the headboard foam. Working from the center top I worked the points on the buttons through the fabric and back.

It is important to start in the center and work down then from side to side. These are deep tufts and the fabric needed to be “folded” into the holes to create the deep tufts. Take your time here, you want this to look good.

Once all the button tufts were in place it is time to staple around the edges. Here you will have to fold again that extra fabric from the tufts around to the back. Staple as you go.

You can staple some backing material to the back or leave it open if you wish. If you want to save some money use and old sheet. Cut and fold under then staple around the back.

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Here it is. This awful photo is the only one I could find right after I finished stapling the back. You can see the new foam line but this is hidden behind the new mattress.

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It is a far cry from the “Bordello” headboard I started with. Now we have started with  the guest room overhaul.

Hugs,

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The Ugly Chair

The ugly chair girl strikes again!

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I found her at an Estate Sale.

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She was in the back bedroom. In her pinkish melted ice cream colored upholstery.

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The front edge was worn down to the wood, and she had a little odor to her.

Not the kind that has you plugging your nose, but it was there. Perhaps she belonged to a lady who smoked.

She sat at the dressing table where she put on her makeup.

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She had a dark mahogany wood and was sturdy so for the cheap price of $10 I figured I would give her a whirl.

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First off came her clothes, so I could figure out how much fabric and materials I would need to get. Out came her buttons and staples! What is it with a million staples?
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Sorry about the lighting and mess in this one, it was at night and I was excited to get a little paint on her.

She he got her jute web tightened, and all sanded down ready for her makeup. I then mixed up some milk paint. This was “Sweet Pickins” Light Cream, and was the first time I have used milk paint since the 90’s? It mixed up easy and I began painting. It dries pretty fast and I did touch it up a little with a second coat. I needed to spray a sealer on the bare wood to block the pink of the mahogany from bleeding through. I followed the next day with a little antique color by using a little Minwax stain, and followed with wax. She is looking good.

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The fabric is from Jo-Ann’s it was suiting that was Linen. The paint color was tricky to match.

Now for some new clothes.
Before she had tufting on her seat and back. I just really have never liked tufted seats. They seem like a catch all for all lint, dust, and crumbs. So I beefed up her seat padding to 2″ and kept her back at 1″. This was trimmed with an electric knife I picked up at a different Estate Sale. These gadgets work perfect with cutting foam! I then cut out dime sized holes (in the foam) where the button would go into the fabric and connect to the back. Then starting in the center, and working my way up, down, and side to side until they were all in place.

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Then it was pulled around back stapled. Then the padding added.

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From this point on I forgot to take any photos? Not sure what happened. (I think I got excited on how she would turn out) But the foam padding was added, stapled and trimmed to fit. Then the poly batting was stretched over the seat and secured with a few staples to hold it in place. the fabric was stretched and stapled, while rotating the chair. The legs were the trickiest part as the fabric is trimmed very close to the staples on the front legs. From here the trim was glued around the back piece, and the curve of the front leg.

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A few uphostery tacks were added to her backside like decorations to your Jeans pockets. Just a little extra flash.

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She turned out pretty cute, to start out rather ugly. She is small, and the perfect little chair to fit in anywhere.

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This photo makes the back and seat look like they are different colors. They are not in real life, she is a very pretty tone of linen. Now I have 3 different ugly chairs waiting for me. I can’t decide if this one goes or stays?

Hugs

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