One Room Linking Challenge Master Bedroom – Week 3

Back again so soon!!  Yikes!!  I have to say that not much got done this week, because life happened.  I celebrated a dear friend (who was on this earth for 93 years – amazing) at her memorial service, and we celebrated my baby’s 11th birthday.  If you follow me on Instagram you might recognize a couple of these pics.  Follow along for in-between sneak peaks.


There are several things that are started.  A couple of things using these.


There is still some trim and door painting going on.  Endless I tell you.


There is something in the works using these.


And, I am racking my brain trying to come up with a cheap solution for these lamps that now look orange up against my navy wall.


Things are coming together and I will definitely have more to show next week!!  Thanks for following along :).

For previous updates
Week 2

Linking up with lots of others talented folks here

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DIY Upholstered Headboard

As promised I am back with a how-to on the headboard that I made last week for our master bedroom.  I mentioned in my ORC update that it was fairly straight-forward and simple.  

Here is a list of what you will need:

*plywood cut to desired size (we used 1/2 inch plywood – sturdy but not too thick or too heavy)
*1″ thick foam – I got mine from Hobby Lobby it was 25.99 for a piece that was 39″x 76″ and I used my 40% off coupon which made it around $16 after tax
*batting – I doubled mine just to make sure it was smooth
*fabric to cover – you will want extra of course to wrap around
*spray adhesive
*staple gun and staples

We had the guy at Home Depot cut the 4×8 sheet of plywood down to 4×6 because I was certain that was the size of the foam…sadly it was not. Had I known the correct size of the foam I would have had them cut it to fit the foam – way easier for them to do it.  

Then I decided on a very easy shape.  I just simply cut off the corners.  (I actually measured and used a straight-edge for a change. :))  Well, I did the measuring and marking and hubby did the cutting.

Next step is to attach the foam.  


Of course since I got ahead of myself and didn’t have the right measurements – we had the extra step of cutting off the extra wood.  I just laid down the foam and used that as my straight-edge to draw a line for hubby to cut on.

You simply use spray adhesive to attach the foam.
I noticed as I was spraying and pressing the foam down that I wasn’t really getting an immediate stick, so I followed the directions on the can and sprayed both the wood and the foam around all the edges to make sure that the foam wouldn’t shift while I was attaching the batting and fabric.

After the adhesive dried.  I then had to cut off the extra foam on the corners.  I could have done this before but I am really glad I didn’t because this way I didn’t have to worry about getting the cut right and I had the straight-edge of the wood to cut along.


If you have one of these electric knifes lying around it is the best tool for cutting foam.  It literally took about a minute to cut off the corners and the little bit of extra on the one edge.

Next step is to lay out your batting – make sure it is nice and flat – no bumps.  Then gently lay the board – foam side down – on top of the batting.


Then it’s time to start stapling.  You want to pull tight, but not too tight.  The batting helps smooth out the edges of the foam and the side edges of the wood.  


I used a manual staple gun that I also found at Hobby Lobby.  They were out of the heavy duty version, so I took a chance on the light duty, and it worked just fine.  The only trouble I had were in the corners where things got pretty bulky, but with a little extra pressure it worked.

When you getting to the corners you want to fold the batting in whatever way best helps everything stay smooth on the sides that are visible.  Don’t worry too much about what it looks like on the back.  The only concern is that you don’t want any huge lumps that might make it lay funny on the wall.

Next repeat with the fabric.


There are a few things you will want to think of when you are attaching the fabric that you don’t have to worry about with the batting.  If you have a stripe or any kind of pattern like that – you will want to make sure to keep it straight.  To do that you need to alternate your staple placement from one side to the other until you feel everything is secure.  One staple in the top and then one in the bottom, then one one each side, and so on.

Also, with the fabric I put twice as many staples around because I noticed that the fabric was creating dips around the edges.  Just a few extra staples around took care of that.


When you are finished attaching the fabric with the staples, you will want to trim off most of the excess fabric.  Again, no need to worry too much about how it looks on the back, the front is what matters. 🙂


And, after all that you have something that looks like this!!

After searching around on the internet at several options for attaching the headboard either to the wall or the bed, we finally settled on this.

Again, I bought this at Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon.  At 14.99 regularly it came out to be a little over $9 after tax.  They came in both 12″ and 18″ sizes – the 12″ is supposed to hold 100 lbs. and the 18″  200 lbs.  Our headboard does not weigh over 100 lbs but it is long – king sized – so I opted for the 18″ one.  I don’t know if that was necessary, it just made me feel better. One piece attaches to the wall and one piece attaches to the back of the headboard.  We made sure to get at least one screw into a stud, and so far, it’s still on the wall!!  HA!! 

So, there you have it!!  Fairly simple, right?? Totally doable for just about any DIYer  :).  It took us an hour or two from start to finish.  And, fairly inexpensive for the look.  For a king sized headboard it cost me around $90.  Obviously if you were doing a smaller one you could probably do it for less.  Not too shabby I say!!

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One Room Challenge Master Bedroom – Week 2

Hello folks!  I’m back to make a report on my One Room Challenge “progress”.  Well, I have to say we made a little bit of progress this week. 

You may have noticed that my inspiration photos were quite varied.  I know I want cozy, and I know I want a beach cottage vibe – as much as you can get in Oklahoma.  

Something in me was screaming ‘accent wall – navy blue!!’.  I don’t know why but I have been crushing on navy lately.  So, I went to my paint stash in my garage and found almost 2 quarts of navy that I had used in my sons room, and I started painting.  Luckily I had just.enough to finish!!


I fell in love instantly.  I love this navy so much – it’s not too dark – more cadet like.  It is a Walmart Colorplace color called Inlet Blue.  I have had it for years and when I went to see if they still had it, I couldn’t find that name.  URGH!!  But, in the meantime I found one that was super close from Behr called Mood Indigo. {side note – I do not like online color swatches, I don’t think they are a good representation of the color.}  Here is a pic that shows a truer color against the white of the rest of the room.  


I made my first attempt at an upholstered headboard, and my oh my was that a simple and straight-forward project!!  How to attach it/hang it, or whatever had me stumped for a couple of days, but a little bit of research led me to the perfect solution – more on that later.  For now, it is hung and lookin’ fab!!


I have had this fabric stashed away for a couple of years, specifically for this project {sad huh?}.  It is upholstery weight that I found on the flat fold sale table at Joann’s.  I think I paid $15 for around 3 yards, which left me with some leftover.



The pattern is very subtle and if you are not right up next to it, you might miss it.  Which is just what I wanted.  Neutral with a little personality.  

As I’ve said before, the big things for me need to be neutral so I can change out the lesser things when I get bored.  

The next task is one that my heart has just not been into this week – painting trim and doors. Not my favorite task, but I plan on finishing out all the woodwork white as I work my way around the bedrooms this summer and fall, so it must be done.  

So, there ya have it.  Hope to have more to show and tell next week.  REally trying to stretch my budget to the max on this one, so I’m gonna have to get creative 🙂

See where it all started here

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One Room Challenge Link Up Week 1 – Master Bedroom

I am taking a break from the kitchen remodel.  I am very close to crossing off all the things on my list, but the last few items are going to be a little time consuming and are going to require hubbies help.  

So…I am both excited and terrified to join as a linking participant with Linda at Calling It Home for the One Room Challenge!!  The challenge is pick a room and make it over in six weeks.  Six weeks people!!  Now you see why I am excited/terrified :).

I followed Pam at Simple Details last year as she worked through a couple of these challenges and it looked like a fun way to spur myself on to finish a project.  So, I wavered back and forth for several days.  I even asked my hubby what he thought, since I will need his muscle for a couple of things I have planned. And, in the end, I couldn’t come up with a good enough excuse not to try.  So, here goes.


I’ll be making over our master bedroom.  This room really hasn’t been decorated since we moved in.  Doesn’t that seem to be the case?  I mean really all you need is a bed and somewhere to stuff your clothes, right?  But, wouldn’t it be nice to have a lovely place to begin and end your day?  My list is long peeps, and I know it will probably not get done, because there is a timeline and a budget.  But, at least I will be further along then when I started.  (warning – lots of pics = long post :))

Here are some images that have stirred my imagination.

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You can see I’m kind of all over the place with inspiration.  But, trust me I do have some specific things planned.  I promise.  Some specifics are dependant on how other specifics go.  For me, designing a room is a fluid process.  I have to see things in place before I can progress.  So…with that said…six weeks??

Oh ya, before pics.  Not terrible, but not great.

Yes, that would be our hotel master bathroom right there out in the open for everyone.  (terrible lighting – grainy pics, sorry) I will have to address this area to some degree since it is on display.  I have thoughts.

Here is the bed all dressed up for winter.  The biggest question right now is – will I keep the red???  It’s one of those – I loved it when I bought it, but a few years later I’m not sure.  This one has me stumped.  It’s a process peeps.

Thanks for following along friends!!

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