New Headboard!

Have you seen those cool headboards on Pinterest?  Earlier this summer, my Pinterest feed had several examples of awesome, padded headboards with tutorials.

Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 6.17.56 AMpadded headboard exampleAfter seeing a few, I knew I needed one.  I found some awesome floral fabric on Fabric.com, purchased it, and then let it sit on my fabric shelf for a few months.

After awhile, I decided our bedroom needed a makeover.  It was looking a little drab, to say the least.  Old bedroomWe’re pretty simplistic when it comes to furniture and decorating, but this was getting a little old.  So off I went to Lowe’s to pick out some new paint colors.  I didn’t even realize our walls were gray until I started painting the new paint on!

cream against grayI even painted the ceiling and took down the old ceiling fan.IMG_0657And added an accent wall to make the headboard pop!

IMG_0667At this point, the headboard was already made, but I’ll get to that soon.IMG_0670New ceiling fan!  Good bye 1980’s ceiling fan!IMG_0668Our awesome new paint colors!

Okay, now onto what you’ve been waiting for: the headboard!  I could do this as a tutorial, but I’ll walk you through the steps with pictures and minimal captioning.

IMG_0942The finished product.  So happy with it, even if my mom says it looks a little hippy.IMG_0685First things first, deciding on the dimensions of the headboard, and shaping the corners.  I used 1/2″ plywood for this project.IMG_0686Cut your first corner, and then just flip it over and draw a line for the opposite.  I used a jig saw to make the cuts.IMG_0688Finished cutting the top of the headboard.IMG_0687Next I marked where I was going to put the tufting, and drilled some large pilot holes to make threading the buttons easy.IMG_0689Time to pad the headboard!  I used a cheap foam mattress topper, and covered it with batting, and then stapled it in place.IMG_0690Cut off the excess…it doesn’t have to be pretty at this point.  I repeated the process with the fabric, but on a clean work surface.  IMG_0936Don’t mind the legs on the headboard just yet…we’ll get to that.  I apparently forgot to take a picture of the covered headboard back, but you can see how much I overlapped the fabric here.

Next I added the covered buttons for tufting.  (I also forgot to take pictures of this!)  I used upholstery thread, waxed it so that it would stay better, and threaded my covered buttons through the pre-drilled pilot holes.  John helped me staple them in place on the back.IMG_0934Then we added the 2×4 legs to the headboard.  You could also just hang your headboard on the wall if you didn’t want to add legs and attach it to your bed frame.IMG_0937I covered the legs with a little foam…you know, so it wouldn’t knock against the wall, if you know what I mean 😉IMG_0938Finally, I covered the raw edges with an old sheet, just to make it look pretty.  Not that anybody will see it…IMG_0940John attached it to the bed frame with a couple of screws with washers.  It’s pretty darn secure.IMG_0942Yay!  It’s finished!IMG_0941You can find more detailed tutorials on how to make your own padded headboard by searching the web or on Pinterest.  As far as expenses go, I think I spent $50 on fabric, $25 on wood and screws, another $25 on batting and foam, and $15 on buttons and upholstery thread.  Not too shabby for a new headboard!

Happy crafting!  Cheers!

~Ingrid

Junk in the Trunk

Our family went on vacation last week.

We had a grand time in Harrison, Idaho biking around Lake Coeur D’Alene for my mom’s birthday.  There is a Rails to Trails system from Wallace to Plummer, Idaho–it was so fabulous!  I wish we had something like that closer to home.

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Bikers

We then headed over to the Oregon Coast to where John and I got married.   Our kids had a blast on the beach playing, making sand castles, and stomping in puddles.  We stopped by Nehalem Bay Winery and bought a few of our favorite bottles to take home with us.  We hiked.  We had great seafood.  And it was so good to just get away.

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On the way home, we stopped in Portland for a few hours.  I got to take a tour of the new dental school that is being built on the waterfront.  It really is fabulous.  Those students will be spoiled with all of that new equipment!!  (I am only slightly jealous, as part of the reason for our vacation was an equipment install in my office!) After Portland, we gunned it to Spokane and stayed with some good friends who had moved there last year.  Good company!

Vacation was awesome, but man am I glad to be home!  Our youngest might have screamed a lot in the car.  And both kids might have gotten car sick on one leg of the trip.  Regardless, it was good to get away!

Our junk in the trunk (a whole SUV full of diapers, bags, toys, etc) reminded me of a project that John helped me with about a month ago.  A pinterest hack, if you will.

Did you ever see those trunks made into lateral filing cabinets on Pinterest?

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I really wanted to make one.  Find a trunk at Target, get some rods for it, and voila!  A new filing cabinet.  As I was pondering this project, I was also in the middle of some spring cleaning.  Of course I saw our old trunk sitting in the living room and thought, “Bingo!”

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We went to Lowes and found some cheap metal rods and decorative wood pieces that would work to slide them into for the supports.

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John screwed the wood pieces into the existing wood supports inside the trunk.

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I helped putting the rods in. (It’s not very pretty, but it stores files!)

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And it was done!

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Not quite as cute as my pinterest find, but it’s a filing cabinet!  And I am already using it!  Best part was that it cost less than $8!

Cheers!

~Ingrid

 

T-shirt into Baby Gown Refashion

I am sure that you have gathered that I enjoy making things for the babies and kiddos in my life.  I absolutely adore something handmade for a brand-new baby!  Whether it’s clothes, hats, burp cloths, car seat covers…I love it all.  Not to mention that most baby projects are pretty fast and easy, which works for me these days!

One of John’s band member’s is expecting his second child in May (or rather, his wife is expecting…).  The little pup’s gender is currently a surprise.  I wanted a gift that was fairly gender neutral, but definitely wanted to use a Clinton’s T-shirt.

I found the Rockin’ Baby Gown Tutorial awhile back and knew exactly which shirt I was going to use for it.  This is a great tutorial from thismamamakesstuff.com.  It was easy to follow and the pattern didn’t have any hiccups.

I used my Sellout Tshirt, but of course didn’t take a before photo.  (Shameless plug:  you can find your own copy of Sellout at www.clintonsband.com)

But here’s the after:

Sellout gownThe main body is from the original t-shirt.  The blue sleeves and collar are from a second t-shirt.

Gown backThe pattern came with the fold-over sleeve modification, which is perfect for new babies so that they don’t scratch themselves.

IMG_0073Just a close-up of the sleeve.  I used a twin needle to hem the sleeve and neck, which gives it a nice professional-looking finish.  The blue material was a little more difficult to sew because it stretched a lot.  I had to decrease my presser foot tension to feed it more evenly.

Folded sleevesI modified the neck edge slightly to accommodate the contrast knit ribbing instead of hemming the neck edge.  Other garment finishes included serging the edges after sewing the seams at the proper seam allowance.

All in all, an easy tutorial to follow, and great up-cycle.  The finished product is also awesome!  I loved these type of gowns when my boys were newborns!  They made middle of the night diaper changes super easy–no snaps or zippers to deal with!

~Ingrid