If you are looking for an easy way to update your master bedroom on the cheap, try a DIY fabric covered headboard! Upholstering a headboard with a curtain is super simple to do and can make your furniture look brand new!
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One Room Challenge Week 4
This week was a whole different week when it came to getting things done! My daughter came down with croup and had to go to the ER! Luckily she is fine and getting over it. Unfortunately my son caught it from her and we started this week with him home from school.
That stalled my projects slightly, and so did my indecisiveness about painting my current nightstands! I’m still trying to decide whether to paint them or try to find something from a second hand store to strip! I currently have a counter height folding desk that my parents were getting rid of from their beach house. It is white and free, so you can’t beat that! I hadn’t originally planned to use it, so I’m still toying around with the pieces involved.
A DIY Fabric Covered Headboard
Even though it was a week full of not accomplishing much, I was able to complete the DIY Fabric Covered Headboard! If you haven’t heard already, I used some old HANNALILL Ikea curtains to make my headboard cover. I used the same style of curtains in gray for my one room challenge update! You can see them in my week 3 post!
I had been SO over my dark headboard and dark furniture for a while. It just drained my enthusiasm when I would enter my bedroom. After planning to paint the furniture, check that out HERE, I knew that I needed a way to create a new looking headboard! It had never occurred to me to cover the headboard until I saw a few different DIY headboard covers on Instagram and Pinterest!
The DIY fabric headboard covers that I saw were all beautiful, but not exactly what I was looking for. I wanted mine to be fitted with clean lines. I figured that I’d have to sew it, which I didn’t mind, but I don’t have a sewing machine! Ha! I would have to use my mom’s, but hers is always packed away, and it’s not all that reliable.
I wanted to make a slipcover from the curtains, so that I could remove it to wash it if necessary. When it came down to it, I decided to just upholster the headboard with the curtains so that I didn’t have to worry about any sewing!
If I had more time, I might have created a slipcover, but this was much easier, and I actually like the fitted style better for my DIY fabric covered headboard! I’ll be writing a full post about how to DIY a fabric covered headboard, but for now let me tell you that it is super easy to do and doesn’t require much in the way of expenses. The only thing that I had to pay for was the batting! It was about $10 with the 70% off coupon that I used at Joann Fabrics! I already had the old Ikea curtains, but if you don’t have any extra ones at your house, you can find several options at places like Home Goods or TJMaxx. Often, the cost of the already made curtains will be cheaper than buying fabric from a fabric store.
I used quilt batting and put that on first using a staple gun. Then I used one curtain panel to cover the batting! I had to work around the legs, but I was still able to make the DIY fabric headboard cover using one curtain panel. That way I have four extra ones if anything happens to this one!
I LOVE how it came out and it was definitely an easy project! If you are looking for a way to change your headboard, you should definitely consider this DIY! You can always find an old headboard at a second hand store or on online and recover it using the steps that I am going to give you in my post!
I knew I wanted my bedroom to have a similar vibe as Serena & Lily, so I was looking for light natural colored bedding and pillows. I truly lucked out when a friend of mine asked if I would be interested in her linen West Elm bedding for FREE! She was planning to list it on a local site to give away, but was so sweet to ask me first!
While that did save me some money, I had already purchased THIS linen bedding set for just over $100. Since I got the other one for free, I’ll be returning this set. However, I really liked this one as well! It is well made and is a great linen color. It also comes in other colors!
To my surprise, I found some euro pillows at Home Goods that look exactly like the Serena & Lily pillows I wanted! Look at how closely they match!
I was going to borrow the solid gray pillows from my living room to put on the bed, but I like the striped pillows a little better. They give the bed a little more dimension with different patterns and styles. The striped pillows and the fringe lumbar pillow are all from Home Goods as well. That is my go to place for pillows!
Here is the plan for this coming week! I still have to decide what I am going to use for nightstands! Right now I have a folding desk on one side. I need something taller for the other side if I’m going to keep it. Otherwise, I have to paint my old nightstands white! Since I completed the DIY fabric covered headboard,
- Decide on nightstands or paint mine white
- Add THESE gold and mother of pearl knobs to my nightstands if I keep them
- Decide on desk and put it together- (I’m thinking about THIS one and THIS one.)
Cost to Date
I’m updating my master bedroom while only spending $500, so I have had to be resourceful. Some things have been super easy and other’s have not.
This week’s expenses weren’t as bad as last week, but they were still significant when trying to stay around $500!
Here is the cost breakdown so far:
- WHITE SERENA & LILY KNOCK OFF EURO PILLOWS– (2) $79.98
- SEAFOAM BLUE TASSEL PILLOW– $19.99
- GRAY AND WHITE STRIPED PILLOWS- $0 (took from living room couch)
- BEDDING– $0 (was a friend’s hand-me-down)
- OLD CURTAIN FOR HEADBOARD COVER– $0 (used an old curtain)
- QUILT BATTING– $10.79
TOTAL THIS WEEK: $110.76
TOTAL OVERALL: $412.54
Head on over to the One Room Challenge blog page to see how everyone is doing in the fourth week of the challenge!
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