I think the fabric is super cute close up -
But every time I walk into the room, I'm taken aback by how small the pattern looks from far away -
Well, the benefit of doing something yourself is that you know how to change it. Maybe it will grow on me. But I'm not committing to making curtains until I feel better about it.
The most difficult part about the project was moving the pieces of plywood around. If you are making a headboard for anything bigger than a twin bed, you probably need two people. I bought the 3/8 inch plywood at Home Depot, and they were very nice to cut it to my measurements.
I bought 1 inch foam at Hancock Fabrics. (This is not the cheapest place to buy it, but it was convenient. Years ago I bought it much cheaper from an upholsterer, but I had to order it.) I spent a few frustrating hours trying to get the foam to stick to the wood.
I tried spray adhesive, but the foam kept falling off. In the end, I resorted to old fashioned Elmer's glue, which held the foam on long enough for me to turn the board over. I spread the batting down on the floor and layed the board (foam side down) on top of it. Starting from the middle of the top and bottom, I stapled (with a staple gun) the batting to the board. Then, I did the same with the fabric. (Tip: It is much easier if your fabric does not have discernible lines that you have to keep straight.)
My daughter lightened the mood while I was getting frustrated with the foam. She said, "Mom, there are a lot of things that are harder to do than foam. Like trying to make perfume from flower petals" -
My final tip is that if you don't need to lean against your headboard, you can use a canvas, which is much lighter than plywood. A few years ago, we painted a canvas for my older daughter's room -
Now, I am finished with the headboards and off to the park to just hang out.