Tuesday, August 30, 2011

My apartment: Headboard re-do

If you've been reading my blog for the past few years (or even better, since 2008- when I started it), then you have seen my bed go through periodic changes. I really just get bored of the same thing after awhile and I have to switch it up! Before I show you my most recent (and favorite) version, I will take you down memory lane (haha):
One of my very first posts! This was my bed when we first moved to GA and I was teaching high school art (hadn't started selling my headbands really yet) and my husband was in a masters program.
My bed along with the guest post I did for Made By Lex back in March 2010, Olivia was 8 months old, my husband was in med school, and I was doing blue-eyed freckle stuff in a major way.
In July of 2010, when my husband, Olivia and I all went to Europe, I purchased my favorite bedding of all time: this Orla Keily duvet! And to make it better, it was on sale (in PARIS???weird) and its a king size, which I just temporarily have sewn smaller until the day we can afford to buy a king:) This photo is from my valentine's bunting post.
I don't know if you have noticed, but for all these years I have been trying to make up for the fact that we have no headboard. One day we will be able to buy a real bed frame I suppose, but for now we just have a cheap metal one that the mattress just sits on, while I attempt to make "headboards" out of random things. Well, the time has come. Not for a real bed by any means, but I have a real headboard to stick behind our cheap metal frame at least! I purchased this caning KING size (that seems to be all I can ever find) board at my favorite local thrift for about $20. And I loved the caning, but wanted the trim to be a different color. So..... 1,999 coats later (and it was paint+primer!!!)....
I had my favorite headboard of all time! Its a hot chili red to match the shapes on the duvet (which, while in FL, is not filled with a comforter because it is too darn hot! I just leave it empty like a sheet). And the bench at the end of the bed is another of my favorite things I re-did---it had been painted gold with black speckles on the wood parts--ICK! But I bought it for $5 and repainted the bottom with white. Thanks to my mom who found it for me!

9 comments:

Ashley Terry said...

Holy cow!! That looks so freaking awesome!! You are so talented - I love seeing what you come up with next!!! (Also...best duvet ever!! I love that print :)

sarah / book bound bindery said...

love the red. also loved the blast from the past. :)

AccidentallySunshine said...

love the mix of colors and textures!

Rina said...

I love it!! I have been thinking of making my own headboard too... a floating headboard, but I like the real thing so much better. And I like your bench too.

Kendra said...

This seriously looks awesome! Major props to you!

{irene} said...

Girl!!!!!!..I'm dying over it!..looks soo good!

Cristy said...

Love your current room! Bedframe, the cool blue vintage-looking bench: awesome! Thanks for the painting tips, I already have 3 big projects I'm planning on doing when we move in a couple of weeks (gulp).

Alison said...

ummmm, I WISH we were the same person, YOU'RE AWESOME! I love the headboard by the way. happy to be new blog buds! xoxo

mel said...

Gorgeous! I love it. And hurray for moms that have good taste to pick things up!!