Wednesday, March 28, 2012

How to Make and Install an Upholstered Headboard

A couple years ago I decided to make an upholstered headboard for our bedroom, so I went online to learn how. The process was fairly simple and straight forward... but I couldn't find a good tutorial on how to install it. After much brain-storming, I finally figured it out myself, and my solution was really simple- so I'm sharing it with you today!

Begin with a... [drum-roll please]... hollow core door. [I know, enough with the doors already!] You could use an MDF Board instead, but these doors are soooo light and easy to handle, they are also thicker than MDF so that's another bonus.  [And this was the leftover door from my kitchen shelves... so it was re purposed, reused and all at no additional cost!] You'll want to begin by cutting your board down to the size you want. As long as your door is at least as wide as your bed, you really can't go wrong. [and BTW, there's no need to go all the way to the floor... just go to about where the matteress meets the boxsprings and you'll be fine!
Then you'll want to use batting for softness. Once again, it's up to you on what thickness you use... you can't go wrong here either so it's up to you.
Finally, choose some fabric that makes you happy. I chose a woven chenille that is nice and soft, but adds texture to the space. Make sure to get enough batting and material so that you can wrap your board and have at least 2 inches on the back to staple and secure.

Get everything lined up and start stapling the back. You might want to staple your batting first, then go back and staple your fabric. I also suggest stapling one side, then pull your fabric tight and staple the opposite side to make sure you have zero wrinkles. [PS. If you have a pattern or lines of any kind, please MAKE SURE the fabric is straight!] Get all of your sides completed... leave the corners for last [cuz' they're soooo much fun...].

This is what your corner looks like once all sides are stapled... See all that extra fabric? Grab the corner of it and pull it all toward the center diagonally.

It will look a little somethin' like like this... Pull it tight and then start stapling it down.

Like this.

The back of your headboard might not be gorgeous, but we will just worry about what the front looks like [which will be gorgeous, darling!]

Now it's time to mount your headboard! I found this "cleat" from the picture hanging department at a large hardware store [I believe this particular one came from Lowes].  This one is designed to hold up to 300 pounds [so my 10 pound headboard should be secure!]. I chose it because it was the longest option, so the proportion was better. Then install the bottom section onto your wall [make sure it's level!!!] and the top section onto the back of your headboard [once again, LEVEL!].

You can see here how it works. The cleat on your headboard will simply slide down behind the cleat on the wall. I love it because you can easily remove your headboard if necessary, and [best part] this system gives you lateral lee-way [meaning, that you can slide your headboard to the left or right if you failed to install it perfectly centered [of course I centered mine perfectly... if you've ever read any of my posts you'll note the sarcasm in that statement!]

In the end, you'll get a nice, clean look for very little $ [this was under $30 since I used my leftover door]. And whenever I decide to switch my fabric [what, me change my mind? inconceivable!] it'll be an inexpensive and quick switch! Now- go forth and make your own :)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Monday [P]inspiration: Adding Color!

I know, I's not Monday. This is a day late, but beautiful eye candy can be enjoyed any day of the week, right?! Today I'm looking at color, and lots of it! What I really like about all of these rooms is that they use white walls and/or furniture to balance the color and allow it to stand out at the same time.

Perfection. That's all I'm gonna say. 

What a goreous chair. Who knows if it's comfortable... but when you look that fabulous who cares about your comfort?! I love this little area because it's colorful yet subtle.

Quite possibly the most beauitful dresser I've ever seen. I just love those colors and I'm totally inspired to use them in a future project!

Alright, there's not a ton of color in this kitchen, but I just love how the little bits of green scattered through-out the room make it feel fresh, comfortable and clean. So cute!

The chair. The lamps. Not a ton of color here, but it's soooo very effective and just lovely.

How fun is that bedding?! I just love the colors... adorable!  

Monday, March 26, 2012

I Got Shoved [out of my comfort zone]

How much of your life do you spend inside your comfort zone? Personally, I spend waaaay to much time in mine... like to the point where it can be difficult to step out.
As I mentioned in my post on Friday- I was offered the opportunity to do art demonstrations at the Randolph Street Market in Chicago over the weekend. I felt honored to be asked [and I felt completely inadequate]. I was excited about it [and I was completely terrified about it]. I almost didn't even do it because that kind of thing is so. not. in. my. comfort zone. [I'm actually a fairly shy person... which is why I blog... I know- weird, right?!] Well, I prayed about it and got a very strong "Go" from God, so I did [Yup, He shoved me right out of my comfort zone... He's good at that, in fact, it's kind of a specialty of His]. He knew it was going to be hard for me, so He even let me bring my big sis [she offered to come with me and I was SO grateful because I have fun with my sisters no matter where we go or what we're doing!].
When I arrived and saw all of the amazing booths and awesome talent in the room I tried to talk my sis into leaving & spending the day hanging out in Chicago!! [She said "no"... see why He sent her!] I just kept wondering why God wanted me there, because I didn't see it [remember how I said I was feeling completely inadequate?].

This picture pretty much sums-up how I was feeling...
Well, it didn't take Him long to show me, because we got everything set up and within 20 minutes I found myself talking with a director from HGTV. [Yes... HGTV folks!] Meg from HGTV's Great Rooms was at the event that morning, and they wanted me to show her how to make my artwork.[What?!] Sooo, I got to meet Meg and be in a little segment... the very same Meg that my daughter & I cheered on to win Design Star last season!

Now, who knows if I'll actually make it onto her show [I could still get chopped on the editing floor!], but the whole experience was amazing. I asked God for direction and He shoved me out of my comfort zone... because He had something exceedingly more than I could ask or imagine planned for me in Chicago! Awesome.
Oh, and one more thing: I really want my readers to see the beautiful artwork of Emmy Star Brown. I was really glad to be squeezed in [and I mean squeezed... no room for even a chair so I stood for 8 hours!] next sweet gal named Emmy. She does gorgeous freehand artwork and let me tell you, she was as adorable as her name and artwork! Check out her website to see more of her amazing designs:

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Come See Me!

Do you live in the Chicago area? I'll be at the Randolph Street Market's Spring Fling this Saturday, March 24th and if you are in the area I'd LOVE to meet you! I'll be doing demonstrations on how to Create your Own Unbelievable Artwork so stop by and say, "Howdy!"

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Crap with Potential: Iron Shelving Brackets

Ahhhh, It's been quite a long time since my last installment of Crap with Potential. In fact... I hesitate to even include these old brackets today because I think they are awesome and not at all crappy. However, based upon my husband's reaction to them, I decided that they do indeed qualify for this series!
Here's my story: imagine my elation when I found these gorgeous old iron brackets at a local [and totally spectacular] antique market.

I have been looking for these babies my whole life [or at least the past few years, anyway] so I gladly snatched them up and brought them home. Surely my family will share my elation... right?! [wrong.] When I brought them home and placed them onto the table my Super Hero Hubby immediately stated that those rusty things belonged in the garage!

Surly he will be on board once I reveal my glorious plan to use them in the corners of the large opening into the office. Who doesn't enjoy a little [affordable & easy] extra architectural interest?!

Well, he didn't see it that way. BUT he totally made me laugh so I'll just give you a play-by-play of our conversation:

SHH: "You're not putting those there, are you?"
Me: "Yes, I am."
SHH: "But not like that. You're going to paint them first... right?"
Me: "No way! They are perfect just the way they are!"
SHH: "They don't even match the room. They're all... old and rusty."
Me: "That's called patina... and yes, they do match the room. Look at those elegant lines, they provide a perfect balance for that old, rusty finish."
SHH: "So is that why we're so good together?"
Me: "Yes, I have very elegant lines..."

Haha! That guy cracks me up all the time! What I truly appreciate is that he supports me even when he doesn't see the vision.

By the way, now that they are up he really likes them too!  "Old, rusty" iron shelving brackets... what an inexpensive way to add a great architectural detail to an unadorned space :)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday [P]inspiration: I'm in a Vintage Kind-a Mood

Hello! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. We're experiencing really warm summer-like weather here in my neck of the woods so I spent as much time as possible outside soaking in the sun [well... truthfully, I'm super [super] pale so it's safest if I "soak in the sun" by sitting outside in the shade, haha]!!
Alright, now it's time for the business of the day: Eye Candy! Recently I have found myself pinning all kinds of vintage-y good stuff, so I'm sharing them today. Enjoy :)

This one is just sooo cool [are you supposed to say "cool" anymore, or is that word not cool anymore?!]. I just adore this entire vignette. Boxes with lids have a special place in my heart [because I can fill them with junk and no one has to know!], so all of these vintage boxes just make my heart go pitter-patter!

Are you kidding me?! This floor is gorgeous... and it's made from pallet wood. OM[Goodness] this is beautiful!
Seriously one of my favorite kids rooms... ever. That salvaged wooden wall with vintage tennis rackets is adorable. And look at that ceiling light!

Alright, so I like this whole pallet trend shelf thingy, but sometimes I feel like I've seen it all [at least 20 different ways...]; however, I really liked this because it just seemed different. I immediately thought of how totally beautiful and functional this would be for an art room [can you tell I don't drink a lot of wine... I didn't even notice the wine bottles until just now... my eyes only saw the great potential for storing art supplies, haha!]. 
And last, but soooo not least, I found these [uh-maaaazin'] DIY shelves. So, so cute! I really like how they balance industrial and vintage... just lovely.

Follow me on Pinterest if you want to see the other super cool [who cares... I'm sayn' it again!] vintage pins I found!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Spring has Sprung!

It's here, it's here! Well, technically I suppose we're in the last week of winter, but technically I have flowers and hostas popping up all over the yard, weeds that need to be pulled in my flower gardens, and it's almost 80 degrees outside... so, yea... I'm gonna say it...
It's Spring!
Each year I'm thrilled at the arrival of Spring. In fact, I've even developed a theory about it:
Spring is God's gift to us for surviving Winter! Photobucket

I just love the fresh scent of new life that fills the air. I love feeling a cool breeze and the hot sun all at the same time. I love raking away the dead leaves to find my favorite perennials peaking through the dirt. But more than anything, I love the wildflowers. You see, eventually our woods will be blanketed in them, and they make my heart sing! These tiny white flowers are always the first to arrive and I just love seeing them push up through the brown leaves or in the trunk of a tree! Pretty soon I'll start receiving daily bouquets of flowers from my sweet kiddos which I absolutely treasure :)

And speaking of kiddos... this little one is able to get outside and enjoy Spring for the first time, which is just priceless to watch. I intended to take many photos of wildflowers today; however, I got distracted [by something waaay more beautiful] and ended up with a camera full of her!

What about you... what do you love about Spring?

Monday, March 12, 2012

Moday [P]inspiration: Why didn't I think of this? Organization!

Today's [P]inspiration is all about clever ideas that make life easier. Each idea made the list because it forced me to slap my forehead and say "That is soooo simple... why didn't I think of this?!" Maybe you have already thought of it. Well, I haven't, so I thought I'd share! As always, please click on each image to find its source and the awesome brain behind the creation :)

 We do this. It's just not quite this fancy [our stuff is all thrown into a large pile on a cabinet in the garage to be sorted out later...]. This idea is much [much] better. 

Ahhh, laundry baskets- so, so bulky. With space at a premium, I'm not sure I have room for this splendid cabinet in our laundry room, but if you do this is a great idea!

A Sock Exchange. Brilliant. There's always one lonely sock that just keeps getting re-washed until it's eventually outgrown! I am soooo doing this one...

Inexpensive peel and stick tiles under the cabinet instead of [annoying and evetually gross] contact paper. I am totally doing this one too. 

These little cord surge protector thingys are so wonderful. Unfortunately they are also ugly eye clutter and dust magnets. Here's a great solution to hide them away!

Bread ties with labels... no more using the "tug on your cords to see which electronic device moves" method... brilliant!

Aren't these all really simple ideas! Why didn't I think of them?!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Shopping in my PJ's

Does it surprise you to know that I'm not a big fan of shopping? I think many people assume interior decorators love to shop... well, alright... most likely most of them do [just not me]. Especially now that I have kids. Trying to shop with kids is very much like trying to exercise in stilettos. Yes, it can be done, but when it's over you'll be sore, tired, cranky and wonder why you ever tried it in the first place!That's why I am soooo thankful for online shopping. I can find all kinds of good stuff at great prices, and I can get it all done during nap time... and I don't even have to change out of my yoga pants [let's just be honest... I sleep in them too so they're pj's!].
If you are like me, then you'll be glad to know about a new place I found to shop online called Become. Shopping here enables you to find all kinds of things for around your home for the best price. I also like the "extras" that Become offers its online shoppers: like a coupon section, Editor's Picks, Tip Center and Top 10 Product List Directory. Anything that makes me feel like an informed shopper makes me a happier shopper too!

Here are just a few great items that you can find:
10-inch deep kitchen sink
12 light brass chandelier
14 inch vessel sinks

So, the next time you're hunting down an item online be sure to check them out! Yes- I'm getting compensated a little for this... but as always, I only choose to tell you about the companies that I would use myself!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

How to Make a Giant Chalkboard with style!

I fell in love with the idea of having a giant chalkboard in my kitchen; however, what I didn't love was the idea of having a giant black [and potentially messy looking] rectangle on my wall. Therefore, this was my solution:
I actually made it for less than $35, and I'll show you how to make one too!
Start with a [yup, you guessed it!] hollow core door. I told you that there are all kinds of things you can do with these doors... They come in all different widths, so just select the size that works best in your space.

I primed the door with a spray paint primer, then painted the entire door [and the sides] a creamy white color.

Next I created my design. I drew it out on paper first [if you actually draw it to scale then you will save time in the end!], then I recreated my pattern with painters tape onto the door. There was a lot of measuring involved to make sure that every line and square was the same but here's a helpful tip: get your first square just the way you like it. Then, use that square to get all of your measurements for the rest of them. I will say that measuring everything out was time consuming [but not really hard... and I'm not exactly a "math kinda girl" either!].
Oh, and you can't really tell in this picture, but I also taped-off the sides of the door. Keeping your sides the accent color adds a little more detail to the finished project, which I like.

Then I used the chalkboard paint that I made [be sure to check-out my tutorial on making your own chalkboard paint if you want to avoid the problems that I encountered!]. I chose to make my own paint because I didn't want a black board... I wanted it to feel more like an old piece of slate so I went with a dark grey that had a bit of a brownish undertone. Just remember that the chalk acts as a white-wash, so you'll want to choose a color that is darker than your final desired color.

Once I was pleased with the paint coverage, I pulled off the tape [remove the tape while the paint is still wet... that's important!]. My edges weren't perfectly crisp. My daughter said it looked fine, but it bothered me.  I decided to fix them by using a small paint brush, my creamy white paint, and a steady hand. It made my lines feel crisp and not fuzzy, so I'm glad I took the time to do it!

Finally... it was time to make it into an actual chalkboard! You'll need to condition the entire board before using it, which is super easy. Just use the side of a piece of chalk and rub it over the entire surface, then wipe it all off with a soft cloth.

And that's all you have to do... you're ready to write now!

I am super, super pleased with how this project turned out. I love that it's the giant chalkboard I wanted... but at the same time it has a bit of style and was super inexpensive to make! And of course, if you like the idea but not this pattern, then you can use any pattern that works for your space! I had several ideas for mine, but this graphic Greek Key-inspired design won my heart!

Monday, March 5, 2012

How to Make Chalkboard Paint [successfully]

I know, I know... there are a million tutorials on how to make Chalkboard paint, but this one is different [I promise]. You see, I read several of those aforementioned tutorials and none of them gave me all of the advice that I needed. Sooo, I'm going to give you a basic recipe; however, I won't stop there. At Salvage Savvy you get all of the information for success! I'll also share what I learned the hard way about chalkboard paint so that you can avoid my mistakes.

Here's what you'll need: 2 Tbs. Non-Sanded Grout, 2 Tbs. tintable glaze, and
 1 Cup of flat paint. The key to this whole "homemade chalkboard paint thingy" being successful is to make sure that your grout has ZERO clumps. No one explained this clearly... in fact, one tutorial said, "Not to worry about a few clumps." Ha...Ha...[stinkin']Ha. That advice was a joke [aaand you'll see why in a few picts...]. I recommend sifting your grout first, and then just feel it to make sure there aren't any lumpy-clumps in there before adding anything.

Once you feel confident that the grout is perfectly fine, add your glaze. I added this photo because we all like pictures in our tutorials, but actually it shouldn't look like this, because you make sure all lumps were out [unlike me].  Once your glaze-grout mixture is smooth, add the paint and stir it very well.

Then start painting [I suggest using a foam roller or foam brush].
And once you paint, here's what ya don't want... my first coat on this thing had more bumps than a sulking prepubescent teenager's face [trust me, I remember!]. Now, if you do happen to find one or two little clumps on your board, just wipe them off right away- don't let them stay around and dry!

[Again, these photos are to illustrate what will happen if you don't heed my advice... because the tutorials that I read claimed that those clumps were fine...] Soooo, once it dried, I sanded it down. It looked like this... not awesome. If this happens to you, then just try the whole thing over again [at least that's what I did]. But I'm sure yours will be smooth as a baby's bottom 'cuz you have a Salvage Savvy blogger lady who cares enough to share her fails with you just for your benefit!

Anyway- it finally worked once I took the lumps seriously. After you've achieved a nice, smooth surface let it dry completely.  Now it's time to condition your board by rubbing a thin layer of chalk over the entire thing and wiping it off with a soft cloth.

Now you can use your brand-spankin' new chalkboard! I'm SO excited to show you mine... that post is coming soon!

*I'm starting a new tradition for my DIY projects. Now at the end of each tutorial I'll include a list of "What I would do differently if I made this project again." Here's today's! 
  • Sift grout better, get it basically perfect.
  • Select a grout color that is similar to my paint color

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