Archive | June 2014


So, after about two years of staring lovingly at my headboards and rugs board on pinterest, I bit the bullet and made one of my own. Huge thanks go to John and Sherry over at Young House Love for the final kick in the britches I needed. I realized that with great fabric, I wasn’t that into tufting, which was the most intimidating part. So, with a few hours to kill one evening, I grabbed a tape measure and figured out just how I wanted everything to sit. We’re tall people with a high bed frame, so I knew I wanted the headboard to be taller than I’d ever read about. Our final dimensions were 54 inches high and 76 inches long for our king sized bed.

I ventured out to Joann’s fabric and chose a beautiful, wild purple upholstery fabric

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She’s extreme, but the rest of our bedroom is very muted browns and deep reds (with the exception of the painted nightstands). It ties the room together, and since the headboard’s behind me when I sleep, I’m not too worried about how much she has going on. I also grabbed a roll of batting (40% off coupon, baby!) and walked out with 2.5 yards of fabric and 12 yards of batting for $37. Yeehaw!

The other issue is that the fabric was only 54 inches wide. That was the desired height of the headboard, so it was almost a deal breaker. Then, in an act of blatant stealing inspiration, I decided to make the headboard 36 inches wide and use a few 2×4 scraps to add 18 inch legs. I like round numbers, so 1/3 and 2/3 just felt right. A real decorator likely would have remeasured, but c’est la vie.

When we bought the house, one selling point was a large red dog house out back. I brought Moose over to see it before we moved in, and he scoffed. By the time Wes came home, seven months had passed and Moose had never set foot in the doghouse. We demolished the house but kept the wood, so our healthy pile of plywood is only too easy to steal from for projects like this.

Wes grabbed two pieces, cut them to fit, and attached them with two 2×4 scraps. Waste not, want not!

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We then brought the whole thing inside and wrapped it with two layers of batting, stapling tightly on opposite ends. For example, we did the right side, then the left side, then the top, then the bottom. Feel me? After the batting was secure, I lined up the fabric neurotically carefully and stapled it all the way around.

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Wes added the legs with several 2-inch screws and we popped that sucker into place. Here she is in all of her instagrammed glory.



Giant frame fail (?)

Y’all know about the frenzy of wedding photo projects since our sweet vow renewal in February. Now that school’s out (sort of, I’m still taking classes and teaching a little while Wes works as a proctor-ologist), I’ve had time to tackle the one I was most excited about: a HUGE framed photo.

I know, I know, not super ambitious, but I knew it would be beautiful, and I wanted to stare at our special day more than just while looking through the album.

I bought theses frames back in November while Wes was deployed, knowing that I’d love to swap out their insides one day, but that the classic designs would match our decor and tide me over until then.

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rookie blogger mistake

no before photo= rookie blogger mistake

In fact, I was so tided over that I initially planned to use this baby for my first big photo print.

Giant frame

Hilarity ensued. And by hilarity, I mean swearing and apologizing to my sweet cousin, Ashley.

Okay, cue dramatic music. I’ll montage you through this.

I read on pinterest, specifically in this post that print shops like FedEx office and Staples, etc. can print huge black and white photos for less than $5 (that’s my kind of price!!). I had my doubts, but I chose my photo, measured my frame, and created the proper dimensions in photoshop (where I totally didn’t erase any imperfections on our faces… okay, you caught me, but this baby is life sized. I don’t want to stare at a breakout for the rest of ever!!).

I headed on over to FedEx office, print release in hand, and asked for an engineer’s print. The employee pushed for the upsell and insisted that photos should be printed on their big fancy machine for “only” $7/square foot. Um, no thanks. I’ll take my engineer’s print please. After several more attempts to change my mind, I walked out of the store with my $4.50 36×24-inch wedding photo. Woo-hoo! I was POSITIVE that the hard part was over. Ha.

I turned the giant frame over and began working, tearing off the paper backing all around the sides.

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Then I ruined my nails forever bent back all of the staples with a butter knife and removed the cardboard backing.

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This thing was triple matted. That’s a level of fancy I can’t even comprehend at this stage of my life. So I started to peel apart the mats. I knew I wanted just the white mat since the photo is more black than white (NOTE: that also makes the photo quality look weirder than a more white than black photo, just an FYI), so I wasn’t too careful about pulling the colored mats apart. That was my second mistake.

After removing all the mats and the print, I was left with approximately 48978234 yards of old unsticky masking tape around the edges of the frame. Ashley jumped in to help me rip it up. Isn’t she grand?

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I put the photo behind the white frame and was too short on the height. I was so disappointed I didn’t even snap a pic. I swore (sorry, ma!) and ran to grab the black frame off of the wall. This time was much easier, since there was no glue on the back. I bent back the staples, taped the photo over the existing one, and popped it all back together.


MUCH better.