We’ve been doing more updates around the house and really, the details are what make any project come to life, right? Out with the old (the 80’s) and in with the new (clean-lined, chrome hardware) is what we’re trying to accomplish in this house and we’re doing it room by room. Next week I hope to show you the whole thing but for now, follow along on Instagram and Facebook for more updates as we continue our progress!
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Almost four months ago, I showed you one of my top five favorite projects I’ve ever done – my DIY mirrored nightstand. I still love it! A week later, I was coveting a piece of furniture that I thought didn’t exist but thanks to the world wide web, a friendly reader and a town that I’m not too fond of (sorry Debbie, I’m an OSU gal!) I found exactly what I wanted and finally created a mirrored nightstand for the other side of our master bed.
Here he is! (I call mine a she, Conner’s side is a he. I feel its only appropriate.) I’m not totally happy with the styling and accessories but he’ll get there. At least he is finished and in place so my husband has a place to charge his phone and put down a water glass. Three months after I finished this nightstand, I’m finally showing you how it all came to be!
This was our humble beginning. Debbie from Norman was holding on to this piece to use outside. Luckily for me, it was still sitting in the garage and had yet to move so Debbie was willing to sell it to me. (I have plenty of those pieces!)
The bones were good but the back was too frilly for what I wanted. There were two small pieces of wood, held by small screws, that were holding the top scroll piece. It was super easy to take off the three pieces but then I was left with this hole. Crap.
After two trips to Home Depot (the first was just a thought process and the second I took Conner to make sure I measured right), I came home with two pieces of wood. The first piece of wood used was this small piece that fit perfectly in the new hole made from the missing top scroll piece.
The second piece of wood was actually a new layer to the top of the nightstand. When we set the nightstand next to the bed, it was just a smidge too short for what I wanted. I couldn’t find casters that fit the look for the price I wanted so I had a new piece of wood cut and used Gorilla Glue to attach it to the top of the old wood. After several coats of wood putty, some sanding and spray paint, it was just what I wanted! (I wasn’t looking for complete perfection since I knew you would be able to see the grain and knicks in the original wood)
I went through the same process of finishing this nightstand as I did on the first mirrored nightstand: the local glass shop cut the pieces of mirror to size, I used mirror adhesive to attach the pieces and glass knobs from Hobby Lobby finished it all off. I love it!
You can see the floor vent in this picture, aka my nightmare and the original reason why it took so long to find the perfect picture of furniture to fit this side of the bed. The floor vent deflector fits perfectly under here and our room has stayed nice and cool this summer.
The main wall of our bedroom looks perfect with the two mirrored nightstands and is exactly what I had pictured in my mind! Only a few more small details and I will show you a great before and after, complete with a picture of what this room looked like at our first showing!
Yesterday we celebrated a fun milestone – three years in our second house! Happy 3 year housiversary to us! And yes, I’m making that word up and I’m okay with it.
We have come a long way, especially the front yard. The first weekend we lived here we (with the help of our family) ripped out the massive Bradford Pear tree that was sucking water away from our Oak trees and we ripped out the oversize hedges that lined the walkway to the house. I love it so much more now – lots of small rose bushes along the walkway, hostas along the front porch and you can actually see the front door!
For a list of the projects we’ve done so far on the house, check out this post. We have more to go but its fun to look back on where we started!
It has been almost three years since we moved in to this house and our master bedroom is so close to being finished – finally! I am thrilled with how it is turning out…I love the look and even better, I love the price we are paying for everything. A couple of weeks ago, I made a mirrored nightstand for my side of the bed (Conner’s is in the works!) but the next-to-last project for our room was a headboard that I knew would be a bear. Thanks to my mom who has no fear of projects I throw at her, we finished the ginormous tufted headboard project!
**Some disclaimers before I start the tutorial of the project: my mom and I are not expert upholstery people. We used a tutorial I found on Pinterest and adapted based on the size of our headboard and the minor experience we have tufting a footstool. I try to use pictures and words to explain our process below. If you don’t understand a step or have questions, feel free to ask! I would be happy to give more details if you see a step that is left unclear or left out. It is also VERY handy to have a buddy for this project. The tutorials I read only used one person. That is crazy to me – I highly recommend having a friend/family member help you with this!
The Tall Grid Tufted Headboard from West Elm was my inspiration for the project. We have a king-sized bed so I used their measurements for our project. (78″ wide by 56″ tall) She was a beast, a true beauty and also super expensive. It would have been so easy to order this headboard but I wasn’t interested in paying almost $900 (after taxes and shipping) for something we could make for cheaper.
After a long Sunday of working on the very large project and a Thursday night of installing it, this is my version of the headboard! I love it and am so happy with the results. It isn’t perfect like the West Elm version but if it was perfect, where would the fun war stories be about tackling this DIY?
P.S. I saved $705 by doing this on my own. Yup. 705 DOLLARS. Totally worth it!
I started with my supplies: a roll of batting (40% off at Hobby Lobby), 5 yards of white linen fabric (on sale for $7.99/yard at Hancock’s), a button making kit (40% off at Hancock’s), extra buttons (40% off at Hancock’s), upholstery needles (my mom already had on hand), upholstery thread (again, my mom already had on hand), two sheets of peg board that were pieced together to fit the size I needed (from Home Depot – they cut it to size) and two pieces of 3″ foam glued and cut to fit the dimensions I needed (a local foam store, Truman’s, did all of the work for me of gluing/cutting the foam).
**Side note about the fabric: I’m so glad I went with 5 yards of fabric. It seemed like a lot but other than some scraps and edges we cut off, we used most of it! I went with a white linen because the rest of the bedroom has darker colors and I wanted a lighter headboard. Linen has a beautiful texture and I liked that it was lightweight and easy to work with for our project. I do not recommend using patterned fabric for a tufted project. I can’t even imagine the pain of trying to match up the patterns of the board with the patterns of the buttons so go with a solid fabric for a project like this!
I used this tutorial from Little Green Notebook. I read several headboard tutorials but liked this one the best since we wouldn’t have to drill holes into wood. The pegboard was so handy to use since it already has 1″ spaced holes!
The only downside was that the boards weren’t big enough so we had to buy two pieces and have the second piece cut to size. The cutting machines at Home Depot are awesome and if you need something trimmed down, I highly suggest having the skilled employee take care of measuring/cutting for you before you leave the store!
We started off taping the pieces together but later used some upholstery thread to attach the pegboard to the foam in several places. There are numerous ways you could reinforce the flimsy areas of the pegboard so feel free to experiment – we certainly did!
Our first hour was spent laying out the buttons for tufting. Do you want to feel not smart? Count out 6 buttons across, 4 buttons down on a large piece of pegboard and see if you start to go crazy after 10 minutes. This messed with our brains and clearly the pegboard – I’m not sure which symbol we actually ended up using as our “this is the real hole” hole.
The yellow line is where Truman’s glued the two pieces of foam together. Several hours into the project, we realized it would show through the batting and fabric. We covered this up with a little craft paint and a lunch break of drying time. It worked perfectly!
**Side note: Centsational Girl’s tutorial was one I read to prep for this project. She only used 2″ foam. I’m so glad I used 3″ – it really gives more depth for the tufts. I saved a fortune using Truman’s for this project instead of going to Joann’s or Hancock’s to get the foam squares and piecing them together.
I used Conner’s drill to make holes where each of our tufts would go. In the Little Green Notebook tutorial, she cut out pieces of foam with a knife. That would work fine too but this was super fast and fun.
I did like that the tutorial we used suggested making the pegboard longer than the foam so that there was a nice seam of fabric behind the mattress instead of cutting off right at the top of the mattress. I added 10″ so the height of this piece was actually 66″ instead of 56″.
To help support the large pegboard, we used two side tables to hold it up. This came in handy later while tufting. My mom ended up lying underneath the piece and I was on top, each of us guiding the needle as it went on the top and bottom of the foam.
I didn’t use spray foam or any adhesive on these layers before we started tufting. I didn’t think the spray foam would be necessary since the we had the headboard laying down and I wanted it all to be able to move a little as we worked on this project. I’m not a huge fan of spray adhesive so I’m glad we skipped this step and didn’t need it.
Mom started by threading the needle, pushing it through a hole in the pegboard/foam/batting and finally guiding it to the spot I wanted in the fabric. I took the needle from her, helping to pull it through the rest of the way and threading a fabric covered button on to the needle. (A step not shown in this tutorial: button making. It was extremely easy using the kit I got at Hancock’s. It is also pretty cheap, especially when you can get them on sale for 40% off like I did!)
I would make sure the needle was all of the way through the four layers (pegboard, foam, batting and fabric), the button was attached to the thread and then push the needle back down through all four layers to my mom.
She would pull the needle back down and hold gently as I tucked and guided the fabric to fold the way I wanted. I didn’t want a traditional diamond tuft, rather a more modern and clean-lined tuft like the West Elm version.
Once the button was pulled down as far as I wanted, I would holler for her to keep holding so I could duck underneath the makeshift worktable and help her out. (This became the comical part of the process. We were barking out short sentences to each other like we were in some kind of boot camp. “Pull harder. Little more. Okay stop!” “Holding. Hurry!” “I’m coming under!”)
Mom would pull tightly on the string while I grabbed her air compressor nail gun (such a handy tool for this project!) and nail 5-6 staples into the pegboard to hold the button in the place we wanted. This is when you need a project buddy you are comfortable with – we spooned several times, I laid across her stomach at one point – and that buddy needs strong hands. Project buddies with Mom-strength preferred.
Once you finish the rows of tufting (we ended up doing four rows – 6 buttons each), pull the fabric around to the back of the pegboard and staple the heck out of it! Make sure you smooth the fabric as you go and pull it taught before stapling.
**Not shown – since this headboard was so tall, we had to use two strips of fabric. The fourth row of buttons are actually tufted using a new piece of fabric. This was no big deal because the pillows on our bed would cover them up but if this bothers you, adjust your measurements so you can use only one piece of fabric across.
Several days later, my dad came over to help me install the headboard. We used a tool called a french cleat – one side attached to the wall and one side attached to the headboard. They rest in each other and can hold up to 200 pounds – it is a very cool tool for hanging pictures or items like my headboard!
Conner got a laser level/stud finder for Christmas one year and it was perfect for this. We were able to make sure the picture hanger was level while the headboard was lying down, all thanks to the laser. (bonus points if you say laser like Dr. Evil in Austin Powers)
We measured the headboard, measured the wall, measured the headboard and measured the wall again – it was a little nerve-wracking carrying the large headboard back to the bedroom because I was worried it would all get messed up. The fabric wrinkled (its linen, what can you expect?) and some of the folds came undone but it was an absolute perfect fit on top of the headboard and I knew I could iron out the problems with the fabric.
You can see the two rows of fabric on the right side of this picture. My mom did a quick stitch in several places to make sure the two layers wouldn’t come undone and we used some spray glue to attach the bottom piece to the foam. So far – so good!
Once the headboard was in place and centered (the french cleat allows you to slide the picture/headboard back and forth while hanging so you can adjust as needed), I used an iron to clean up the wrinkles and secure some folds that had come undone. This final step helped so much and really polished it up!
Not pictured here is a nightstand for Conner. This is a work in progress thanks to the stupid air vent seen on the floor on the left side of the picture. Thanks, builders from the early 80’s, for placing this in the most awkward spot ever.
The mirrored nightstand looks more complete now that the headboard is finished. Success!
And one last look at our new, West Elm knock-off, headboard! I am thrilled with the results and while I’m not willing to tackle another headboard of this size, can’t wait to do it again on a much smaller scale.
The West Elm version (with tax and shipping) would have cost me $887. My supplies, including french cleat, cost $182 for a savings of $705. Total score! If you have questions about this (I know several steps weren’t photographed), please email me or leave a comment. I would be happy to help and answer questions!
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**UPDATE: I had the mirrors for this cut at a local glass shop. They also drilled the holes for me for the hardware. I mentioned this below but am still getting lots of comments on it so here it is upfront: the glass shop is your BFF during a project like this!!**
I am so excited about this DIY project! I have been dreaming it up for a while and finally got motivated and adventurous enough to attempt the project. It took some planning and patience (bleh) but I can now say that this DIY mirrored nightstand is my most favorite project to date!
I love mirrored nightstands! They feel so glamorous and adult – two things I usually do not feel. The sizes and looks of the ones above were perfect for our master bedroom but the prices are absolutely ridiculous…especially when you add in shipping for a large, delicate item! I really wanted one but really did not want to pay the premium price so I finally went for it and attempted this project.
This “nightstand” was actually a small dresser my grandma used to use. (Please ignore the dead green stuff everywhere – spring is coming!) If you remember from the curio cabinet project, she moved out of her house and had a large garage sale which was awesome for me. It was in pretty good condition but had some scratches and dents from general wear and tear. (The two top drawers were at the glass shop when I took this picture.)
Obviously I couldn’t put mirror on every square inch of the furniture so I used Krylon’s original chrome spray paint (40% off at Hobby Lobby) and painted the edges of the top, sides and drawer fronts of the nightstand. There was zero point of wasting paint on the middle of each part since that is where the mirror was going! While the painting was happening, my mirror pieces were being cut at my favorite glass shop.
Side note: I am now obsessed with my friends at City Glass because they replaced two cracked drawer front pieces for me…for free! Seriously, make friends with people who you know you’ll be working with a lot. They will be your life-savers when you attempt your own DIY projects.
When I finished my oversize floor mirror project, I asked my friends at the glass shop how I should start the mirrored nightstand project. They recommended just bringing in the measurements for the sides and top but to bring in a drawer so they could have a template for the size and placement of holes for the hardware. So smart! The sides on this piece were different – so weird – and the top drawer is smaller than the bottom three drawers so I took them the measurements for three pieces as well as the top two drawers for measuring and cutting.
It took about three days for them to get all seven pieces cut and ready for me to pick up. We had plenty of mirror adhesive left over from the last mirror project and it was the same procedure as before: put plenty of glue on the back of the mirror, stick the mirror to the surface and use objects/tape to hold the mirror in place for at least 24 hours.
The sides were the hardest and scariest to glue. The top was obviously the easiest – some tape and heavy books helped keep the mirror in place – but the sides were so nerve-wracking. Would the piece of mirror fall over in the middle of the night? No need to worry – the mirror adhesive glue means serious business. After about 20 minutes, that sucker wasn’t budging. (we still kept the tape on over night to make sure nothing was falling or moving)
The drawers were pretty easy as well. We set them upright, glued them, stuck the mirror on and used the new hardware to position each piece perfectly. Not pictured here are two of the drawers…the mirror cracked a little from drilling the holes for the hardware and I think I might have screwed in one of the knobs too tight…lesson learned! The knobs are now on but not screwed so tightly they don’t have a little give to them.
Here is the final product – love, love, love! Seriously, it makes me so happy to walk in to our room and see this nightstand. It really does make me feel a little more glamorous and a little more grown-up with something this fancy in our master bedroom.
(Pssst – like that green painter’s tape above our bed? It is now a tufted headboard, inspired by West Elm, that my mom and I made! Check it out here.)
This project ended up being extremely cost-effective, especially compared to the pricey pieces I originally found online. The knobs were all half-off at Hobby Lobby (shame on you if you ever purchase something for the full price) and getting mirror cut to size is really not that expensive! This whole piece was $128, which sounds like a lot, but is SO much better than the $400-700 I was looking at originally.
The only purchases I made for the top of the nightstand were the fresh tulips and the pink/green tray. I love fresh flowers, especially the pretty spring ones, and the pink/green tray reminds me of my bedroom in college (I was obsessed with the color combination). I love it because it gives me happy memories as well as brings in some fun pops of color!
The rest of the items have been collected over time: lamp and large frame are from Hobby Lobby, the clock was a wedding present from Pottery Barn, the Ben’s Garden ‘L’ coaster was a present from a friend, the books came from random places over the years and the vase is from Target. I like the variation of heights of the items and that they all have some special meaning or thought to them.
For your viewing pleasure…and mine, of course, I love a good before and after…here is a final before/after look at our DIY mirrored nightstand. SO happy with the results and so happy I went for this project. It was a lot easier than I had built it up to be and of course am mad I waited so long to do this!
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Another project is finished in the dining room and that means I’m one step closer to a finished dining room…finally!
My grandpa gave this to my grandma for her birthday way back when so it has some meaning to the family. There was already enough dark wood in this room though so I used paint, new knobs and scrapbooking paper to update this piece of furniture to fit our house.
I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint for the first time ever and even though I feel like a DIY failure, my review for this paint is this – “Eh.” I’m not in love, over the moon with it as everyone else. It worked well and didn’t have an odor like most paints so there was a plus but it was just like most other paints I’ve used. Not really worth the expense of the paint!
The knobs are from Hobby Lobby and at the bottom of the two sections, I used navy and white scrapbooking paper to give some color and pattern to this piece. It feels so much more modern now.
Here is another look at the before and after. The added molding to the walls and the lighter color also help make this spot look much better. There are two lights inside the cabinet so at night it makes the dining room look so pretty and gives a nice glow to the room – love!
Slowly but surely, we have been updating our master bedroom. (still love our updated cedar chest!) We have lived here for 2.5 years and still haven’t finished it – isn’t that sad? I wanted it to be the first room that was totally complete but like most of you, we worked on the areas everyone sees first. I’m hoping that by the end of February, it will be really finished.
We painted the walls a dark grey when we first moved in and they still look so great. The yellow-beige moldings and tan ceiling? Not so much. This picture shows what even one coat of primer can do. Original on the left – primer on the right.
This picture shows the ceiling and crown moldings completely finished – wow, right? The moldings on the doorway and the baseboards still have to be painted but we should be able to finish those this weekend. This picture makes it even more apparent how not white our “white” woodwork really is!
Once the woodwork is finished, I am doing a project that starts with this bad boy. I can’t wait and will show you next week what it is! If you want some play-by-play this weekend, follow me on Instagram and Facebook to keep up.