Upholstered Headboard Update

When I previously shared our guest bedroom here, I mentioned that I was considering adding nailhead trim to the headboard.   I purchased the trim weeks ago, but I finally found time to make the update to the headboard. 

DIY Upholstered Headboard - Nailhead Trim

I just moved the bed and laid the headboard on the floor right in the guest room.

DIY Upholstered Headboard - Before

I had never used the nailhead trim before, so I was uncertain how the project would go, but it was quite easy.  The trim is in one long strip, and every 5 nail heads in the strip have a hole in the middle so that you can insert a full nailhead to hold the strip down.  I used a rubber mallet to hammer the nail heads into the headboard.

DIY Upholstered Headboard - Starting nailhead trim

I was able to bend the strip to start the trim on the underneath side of the headboard.  As you can see, I decided to just go right over the white trim that I already had on the headboard.  

DIY Upholstered Headboard - After Nailhead trim - detail shot

Puddy is very protective of the guest room bed, since it is where he spends many hours of the day.  He was watching every move I made as I was working on the headboard.

DIY Upholstered Headboard - Puddy Watching

In a matter of minutes, I had the trim attached to the headboard.    I didn’t use the whole roll of trim, so I just used wire cutters to cut the end and again bent it on the underside of the headboard to finish. 

DIY Upholstered Headboard- After Nailhead trim- headboard shot

With the headboard back in place, Puddy was happy to relax in his normal spot on the bed.

DIY Upholstered Headboard - After Nailhead Trim added - full guest room

I think the nailhead trim adds some interest to the plain headboard.  What do you think?  Anyone else use nailhead trim to update a piece of furniture?

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Be Our Guest

Our guest room is a good example of working with what we have.  Puddy says, “Come on over and be our guest!” Of course, you might have to kick him out of the guest room….that bed is one of his favorite spots, mainly because he can see right out the front windows and bark at anyone who walks by.

When Bob and I bought our house, I didn’t have much furniture to contribute to it, outside of the living room furniture, because most of my furniture was hand-me-downs that were on their way out.  Bob fortunately had more furniture that we could use in our new home.  Since we had decided on purchasing a new bedroom set for our bedroom, we used Bob’s old furniture for the guest room.  He had a queen size bed on just a frame and a set of dressers and night stands.
Just like many other rooms in our house, it took a while before I decided on how I wanted to decorate the room.  Finally, I decided to paint it a nice cheery yellow.  I can’t recall if that was before or after I completed the headboard makeover.  I knew I wanted an upholstered headboard, but wanted to make it as inexpensively as possible.  I finally found one on Craigslist that I thought would work.

I can’t remember exactly how much I paid for the headboard, maybe $45.  I know the person was trying to sell the whole set of matching bedding to go with the headboard, so I negotiated the price by buying only the headboard.  I took off all the old fabric and then used a white duckcloth to reupholster it.  I used a white trim to hide my staples in the seam, because I have not yet mastered welting.  I’m still considering using nailhead trim in that space to give it a little more interest.

The rest of the guest room has some other small projects of mine, as well as yard sale finds and Home Goods/TJ Maxx purchases.  The quilts are from Home Goods/TJ Maxx, as well as the flower pillow.  I bought the yellow pillows at a church thrift store.  The 3 pictures are Monet prints that I bought at a yard sale with the intention of just using the frames and painting them and adding my own pictures, but one day I held them up in the guest room and decided that they will work for now.

The only other projects are the “vases.”  I took a wine bottle and some vases that I either got for free or 50 cents or less at yard sales and decided to spray paint them.  The wine bottle got a nice yellow color, while the vases were painted a metallic silver.

Anyone else reupholster a headboard?  Or maybe spraypainted vases for a new look?