In keeping with the DIY motif for my daughter's new room, I made her headboard. Unfortunately, I was so tired from the three weeks spent sweating in a hot garage stripping and refinishing her 'new' furniture, that I took the path of least resistance in making the headboard.
I bought three cheap patio chair cushions at a home decor store called Garden Ridge. I was pretty sure it wasn't going to work; in fact, I was POSITIVE it wasn't going to work, but I hoped for a miracle, anyway: I simply Velcroed the three cushions to the wall. Before we even made it home to Dallas, Paige texted to say the cushions were peeling away from their Velcro supports. Dang.
I gave some thought to DIY'ing a headboard similar to what my friend Mendy did for her daughter, one of Paige's roommates:
But I had already invested money into the cushions, cheap as they were, and couldn't bring myself to ditch them just yet. So I came up with an alternate method that I think will hold until graduation, which will be in 2 - 4 years depending on whose timeline you are looking at: my husband's or my daughter's.
First, I had Paige text me some measurements for the headboard's base. Then I went to Home Depot and bought a sheet of really cheap (cheap is a recurring theme around here) 1/4" thick plywood and had it cut to size.
I had thought my sweating in the garage days were over, but no. I set up shop (again) and painted and sanded and varnished (again) the plywood. Fortunately, I had quite a bit of left-over paint from the earlier painting jobs.
Then we trundled back to Lubbock after a stop in Boulder, CO and environs for a family reunion.
Here's what you'll need: the plywood base, cushions, a weaving needle, a drill, fabric ribbon, pliers and brass screws. Optional: some rhinestone bling to cover the screws.
L: This weaving needle is 5" long and has a 1/2" long eye. You need a big eye to handle the ribbon that will be threaded through the cushions.
R: Place your cushions on the base. Once you get them aligned where you want them, jam your needle through each of the button-like indentations to the base below, and use the sharp tip of the needle to make a small scratch on the wood. These scratches will mark your drill spots.
R: Use pliers to give you the leverage you'll need to pull the loaded needle through the cushion. Those are not real buttons you see, just circular stitches made to look like buttons.
Hindsight being 20/20: a) I would not use contrasting ribbon; b) hell, ditch the ribbon entirely and screw the cushions to the base using molly bolts, then cover the bolt heads by gluing on buttons or bling; c) consider using one large rectangular cushion, like those used on chaise lounges.
grew a beard after our kids left the house. He decided a mid-life hirsute pursuit was cheaper than a new car, and certainly less hazardous to his health than an affair. If he can have a mid-life crisis, then so can I.