diy headboard project: day one

happy tuesday! sure feels like a monday, doesn't it? hope your holiday weekend was lovely.

i spent labor day laboring in the garage. why, you ask? because it's high time ben and i have a grown-up bedroom!

i'm making a headboard for us. we have a select comfort mattress (which we love!) with just a plain frame that is covered by a bed skirt. when we lived in the condo, this was our headboard.

it was a good option for the time, as we were in transition. but now, it's time for something a little more . . . permanent. like, a real headboard!

enter design*sponge. i've gushed about the site before, and even tackled a previous woodworking project with the help of their tutorials. time for round two: grace's headboard

love at first sight. i've already ordered my fabric, so i set off to make us a real headboard.

i mashed up the d*s instructions with these from better homes and gardens. you gotta make it work for you, ya know? so first, i downloaded the template from d*s and took it to kinko's. they enlarged it for me—i added a few inches to the width to adapt it for a queen bed, and i didn't have them include the legs, because i could make those myself. i set up sawhorses in the garage, grabbed a leftover piece of plywood, my point and shoot, and a few other supplies and got to work.

once i had it cut out and pieced together, i taped it to the wall the see how it would look. this is one big headboard!

then i used the jigsaw (lent to me by bert!) to cut out the shape. i never really thought i would use my seventh-grade industrial tech skills, but let me tell you, relief cuts made it a breeze (and saved the blade). i think i probably could have used thicker plywood for extra sturdiness, but i wanted to use what we had.

i sanded down the rough edges. we had some leftover 1x3s, so i cut those down to size (makita! woohoo!) and used four pieces to make two sturdy legs. voila!

today, i grabbed some batting from mill end at lunch and bought an egg crate foam mattress pad from target after work. i just need some spray adhesive and i should be good to go. so excited! hope it turns out.

[p.s. i'm posting this unfinished project now because i want to finish this headboard this weekend. so if i don't post pictures of the finished headboard within a week, get on my case, okay?]