Friday, March 9, 2012

Plates and Frames


I got my daughter’s superdad art back nicely framed and matted last week so I was able to finish decorating the wall behind our new headboard!


You may have seen how I began this process in my last post. I cut out paper pieces for all the things I’d been collecting to use to try them out. I have always loved the plate walls you see on Pinterest and other places.


I tried several configurations on the ground before I came up with the one I went with {ignoring the heater and alarm clocks cords!}.


Several of the things did not end up in on this wall in the end, and it freed me up to hang them elsewhere.


A splash of plates…


and some unconventional frames. The big frame held the angel print I’m selling in my etsy shop. The other one was already empty when I found it at the flea market.


This one is a tin that came from that box of tins I got for a steal! We screwed only the back to the wall so it still opens {what to put in it though?}.



I didn’t feel the other side of the bed needed as much since the space was smaller, and in full view of this wall, the other side needed some weight and height.


I am enjoying the whimsy and life this wall adds to our master bedroom!


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Friday, March 2, 2012

Our New Headboard


This project has been 2 years coming. We decided to not use our old headboard from America when we moved here {it did not get used in Germany either because of sloped ceilings}. We wanted to use this old piece of something


Maybe it was the top of a doorway? Regardless, we liked it and got it next to nothing years ago not knowing what we’d use it for one day. Then we’ve toted it around the world it seems.


The board next to it is one of the supports my husband cut for the side to hold it up. We stained all the support pieces a dark grey brownish tone.


My husband anchored the supports to the wall because the piece is quite heavy—not something you want rolling onto you in the night!


We used our old upholstered guest bed headboard to fill in the middle, but I decided the beige was not going to work last minute. {It was last covered in fabric from an IKEA curtain panel—this was what was underneath.} I went through my fabric stash, and we decided on a green brocade fabric we’d hung in our living room in Germany—so fun when things get used again!


We had to first undo the sides so my husband could trim the sides down a bit to fit. You can see here the headboard is MDF with a layer of foam and fabric stapled around it. Great memories in how these pieces were found in Germany--not the simplest of tasks {Gummi Bender, Rachel and Kim?!}.


The upholstered piece slid between the side supports, then my husband attached the front side pieces. Next he slipped the old wooden piece in, so that the front thinner decorative wood piece rests in front of the upholstered part. Last he attached the front side supports to hold it all together.

It’s a great bed to sit back against, and I don’t feel that top round part is hanging over my head!


And I finally get to decorate this wall! A peak at what I came up with {a template to start}—hopefully the completed wall in the next post!

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