Then came Pintrest! Tons of posts from people all over creating their own DIY Headboards for a fraction of the cost of buying it online...immediately I knew I had to give it a shot, all I had to do was convince my amazing husband to help me, which of course because he's amazing he agreed to do!
First step was going to Lowe's, my total cost was around $30 and for that we got:
1. 1/2 inch Sheathing which the associates cut to 72" W x 42" H - $18.37
2. Flat Picture Hanging Kit - $7.96
After Lowe's we went to JoAnn's Fabric, total cost that I spent here was larger but that was to be expected $74.37 which included:
1. 4 yards of fabric which was 50% off, original cost was $16.99/yard but I got it for $8.49/yard (by the way 4 yards was WAY TOO MUCH! I could have gotten away with 3 yards) - $33.96
2. 1 can of spray on adhesive to keep the foam on the plywood - $10.99
3. 2 rolls of foam (2 1/2 yards per roll) - $13.73/roll
4. 1 roll of batting for a Twin Bed - $10.99
Okay, so we've got everything right? Right! Now how to do this with 2 kids running around? Then enters my saving grace, my Mother-In-Law, she lives right around the corner and she offered to watch the girls while David and I got the headboard done, so we dropped the girls off, came back home and got to work!!
1. Set the Plywood (Sheathing) on sawhorses
2. Layout your foam and make sure that it's all lined up. We ended up cutting ours into 4 pieces to make it easier to glue to the plywood. Once you have it where you want it, spray your adhesive and place your foam on top giving just enough pressure to make it stick. This stuff dried pretty quickly so we were happy we did it in sections.
5. We are heading into the home stretch now! It's time to attach your hanging method, we chose a flat panel instead of hooks but that was just what we chose to do. David helped me attach this to the back of the plywood and also into the wall using toggle bolts. I will mention here that when we went to hang this we needed the extra piece of plywood from when it got cut at Lowe's because of the foam on the back the panels wouldn't fit properly so we had to add the additional plywood then re-attach the hanging piece so it had enough room to stick out and snap together.
6. Now it's time to take your beautiful creation inside and hang it up on the wall! Here my friends is the final product! Love it! Looks great and I'm happy with it for being my first real DIY kind of thing. What do you think??
YAY! All done! I really do think it helped the room feel more pulled together. Because the stick on saying "Always Kiss Me Goodnight" was kind of crooked so we hung these little brown boxes I had above the headboard to make it look more even.
Extending a HUGE thank you to my hubby for all his help, I couldn't have done it without him and I really do like it! Hope this helped any of you who would like to do something like this. Next time I might attempt a tufted headboard (maybe for the girls rooms) but like I said this is a great job for a 1st attempt!
My next DIY project will be taking my husband's grandmothers antique mirror from brass and spray painting it white and roughing it up a little to give a vintage look to hang on our turquoise wall in our kitchen, so stay tuned for that!