Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Buffalo check won't you come out tonight.

Headboard number 4.  We are crazy about making headboards.  This one was Bethany's old king size headboard that was our first attempt four years ago. We covered it with a damask table cloth from Tuesday Morning (under $10.00); our total investment was $69.00!

For her One Room Challenge we made a new king headboard shown here.

Now it was time to cut this old one down to accommodate her queen size guest bed.  We took a cordless circular saw (quite possibly the coolest tool on earth) and cut 8" off either side.  The difference in a king size width (76") and a queen (60") is 16". We screwed the cut lengths ,which included the legs, on the back of the plywood.  We reused all materials and didn't have to get anything new, except the fabric.

Bethany got 2 yards of this 1"navy buffalo check for $4.75 yd.

Vanna White,  Wilma was our handy assistant throughout the entire process.

Ta Da! This is so cute and will be a bold addition to her guest room.  We didn't even cover the back of the headboard since we know it's only temporary with the way we change our tastes!

If you want to make a headboard you will need:
  • a sheet of 3/8" plywood
  • jigsaw or circular saw to cut out the shape you want
  • staple gun ( we invested in an electric one, and boy does that make a difference!)
  • foam ( we used egg carton mattress covers from WalMart-so inexpensive!)
  • fabric to cover the foam and make a taught, smooth surface under your fabric. (We used a thin inexpensive blanket at Wal-Mart on sale for under $10)
  • fabric to cover the headboard

It's really not hard, so hope you give it a try!

Nancy and Bethany

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  1. I love fresh fabric on anything. This is perfect, and you did an excellent job. I just love Wilma.

  2. Big fan of this! I'm planning on making Wells a red buffalo check duvet to put on her bed for the month of December as part of her "Christmas Room" every year. I totally ripped off the idea from another blog who did this in her girls room and it was divine!

  3. Love this! The Buffalo check is a long time favorite and this makes it fun and fresh!! Wilma looks like she has a toothache!! poor baby! xo

  4. Buffalo check is one of my favorite patterns and the crisp navy is gorgeous! Can't wait to see it in it's new homw and love that you 2 have such fun doing projects together!!!

  5. I love that fabric- such a quick and inexpensive way to add a little of a trend...although I don't think buffalo checks ever go out of style!

  6. Another fabulous diy! Love how versatile buffalo checks are, can't wait to see what you pair with yours. And, Wilma cracks me up right in the middle of the action without a care!

  7. I really wanna try this for our other guest room!!! I think I can do this - love the gingham pattern!

  8. I am sooooo gonna make a you think they have Wilma fabric?

  9. So great! One day I will tackle a headboard. You guys make it look so easy!

  10. I am so glad I found your blog this afternoon by way of Pura Vida.
    I LOVE the headboard and the buffalo check.
    I enjoyed visiting, and I am a new follower.


  11. Wilma, oh wilma! Love the fabric!

  12. adorable! i'm hoping to tackle my headboard next week, finally! y'all make it look easy, so fingers crossed!

  13. I should forward this to Tom and have him make one. Think I'm ready for a new headboard. Thank you for generously sharing your projects.
    PS - Still did not get a sofa for our basement. Having done much down there.

  14. ooops meant haven't done much down there :)

  15. I have been wanting to make one of these for years but I currently have more beds than bedrooms! :)

  16. I love the gingham! The headboard looks beautifully done. Thanks for the tutorial!

  17. That is a GREAT looking headboard ladies. Love the navy and white buffalo check and I'm still trying to wrap my head around a cordless circular saw. Can there really be such a thing?

    Wilma is a darling. She's better than Vanna any day of the week.

  18. love the fabric!! Such a classic check and I absolutely love how Wilma wanted to get in on the action! Such a cutie!!!


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