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Headboard DIY

Headboards always seem to add in that little bit of luxury to a bedroom, and definitely seem to finish off the bed space. I’m one who loves to collapse on a big comfy bed at the end of the day, and so a headboard was on the ‘would like to have’ list for a long, long time.

With fancy upholstered headboards going for upwards of $600 around here, I decided to take it in my own hands and tackle it one weekend.

With just a trip to Bunnings and Pete’s Emporium (the most amazing craft/bits and bobs/everything shop ever), I had made this:

What I used..

  • MDF board cut to size (we measured ours out for the width of a queen bed, and enough for the headboard to go below the pillows  – approx 1600mm x 600mm)
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Foam batting (lots and lots of this!)
  • Nail-head trim (you can order this from Amazon, but I got mine from an upholsterer
  • Material to cover your headboard (I actually used a matching single sheet from our duvet cover designwhich is why it matches so perfectly.. I even had enough fabric left to make my own cushions!)

And what I did..

  1. Firstly, I cut out the top corners off the MDF as I wanted a curved shape to give the headboard a bit of pizazz. There are so many shapes out there for this… but I was fairly restrained as I had the window above that it had to work with, and I didn’t want it to end up too hard and crazy!
  2. I then covered one side of the board with layers and layers of foam batting and stapled it in place. I did three layers, and if I had more I definitely would have used it – I don’t think you can ever have too much batting on here! Make sure you pull the batting tightly around all the corners so it doesn’t bulk up and look funny.
  3. I then did the same with my fabric, stretching it out, and stapling it tightly. The curves were the tricky part (it’s all in the triangular cutting of the fabric!) and I soon had it down pat.
  4. Lastly to finish off the look, I hammered in some nail-head trim very carefully along the wooden edge. I really didn’t fancy nailing in hundreds of individual tacks, so it was good I only had to do every 10.

From the front…

From the side…

But how did you attach it to the wall?!

Weeeelll this was another fun part… I had to get my husband and my Dad over to use physics (and nails, a drill, rulers and angles) to make holes in our wall (don’t worry it was a structural beam!) so it would use its weight to slot into the wall and hang there nicely. What we didn’t want was it to fall off while we were sleeping so this had to be done by the experts!

The MDF was actually jolly heavy (hard for one person to lift) so I stood back and let the guys figure it out. In fact all I really did was nitpicked when the dang thing wasn’t straight on the wall!

And it’s done!

I am so so super stoked with the result of this project! All up this cost about $100 for all the materials, so it was much cheaper then forking out for something not so custom! Now I can sleep peacefully under my lovely headboard that will definitely not fall off whilst am asleep!

Has anyone attempted their own bedhead? I’ve also heard you can upholster your own bed à la Jonathan Adler.. whose tempted?!

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Picking out my pair ‘o chairs upholstery

As mentioned a few weeks back, I am about to get cracking reupholstering my 1950s pair ‘o chairs. After a lot of scouting around and researching the different types of durable upholstery fabrics, I have settled on a heavy-weight velvet fabric called ‘Zenga’ from Charles Parsons.

There are so many fabric weights and patterns out there, I have to thank ES Design for helping me streamline my decision! I wanted something relatively easy to do, so my love for geometric pattern was scrapped, and it was recommended to go for something plain and in a darker shade.

Velvet upholstery inspiration

Images courtesy of Jonathan Adler via Instagram

The velvet fabric featured in the photos above is luxurious and textured, and i’m just swooning over the aquamarine tones Jonathan Adler used! This fabric style will definitely make my chairs cosy and current, and will last for many years of wear and tear.

Now bring on my upholstery course in July, so I can order my fabric and get cracking! I can’t wait to show you my progress, and hopefully it all works out well. Excite!

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DIY gold edged marble platter

One must always need a platter for soirées – something to arrange the fancy cheeses, nibbles and the like on. By day this platter can be used as a uniting point of any table surface with a vase or two, but by night break this gal out for the ultimate in sophistication – gold and marble has never looked so good.

I cannot take credit for coming up with this rather lovely project. This has by far been the easiest and quickest project I have done in a long LONG time, and all the credit must go to Emily Henderson.

Here is my twist on her DIY gold and marble cheese plate she posted last week:

My DIY marble platter

Step One: Take a trip to a tile warehouse (I didn’t make a special trip, I was in there for official parentals new house business), and select a marble tile.

This one cost me $6.23 and is about 350mm x 550mm.

Step Two: Tape the pretty side of the tile off, and spray-paint the tile edges gold. This is me being lazy, as I clearly did not follow the original instructions from the tutorial where it said to affix painted gold doweling to the sides to edge it. Do this if you want it, but I didn’t really think this detracted from the overall look at all.

Clearly I skipped this bit because I am somewhat rather a rebel. No really, I didn’t actually have any doweling so that made the decision easy!

Step Three: Leave to dry and do another coat to make sure its ultra shiny and metallic-like. Take extra care when peeling off the painter’s tape, you don’t want pesky paint peaking out over your beautiful marble! *ahem*

Step Four: Voilà! Sit back and admire your swish new gold edged marble platter!

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Tissue paper pom poms

“Dahlia-like pom poms appear to float in the air, imparting a cheerful radiance to a rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, or casual reception.” – Martha Stewart Weddings.

When planning my wedding, one of the first things I fell in love with in terms of decoration were these dahlia-like pom-poms made of tissue paper:

Martha Stewart

Amazing! So simple yet effective! These would be perfect for a wedding, baby shower, or anything needing some decoration.

They didn’t look too hard to make, and only required purchasing a few supplies, so I decided this project was a great idea for table decoration that would keep to my wedding budget. Looking around the web, I found that you could actually purchase these pom poms ‘ready made’ by Martha Stewart herself, but these were pretty expensive when you needed large amounts, and they came flat!

I rounded up my lady-friends

We set about the task of making 80 of these bad boys. Yes, you read that correctly, EIGHTY. Using theinstructions from Martha, and also another more detailed website, we got these down to a fine art and spent many (many) evenings with scissors, tissue paper and twine. We discovered the inclusion of wine didn’t really help in these crafty evenings, but it did mentally!

Our hard work paid off

© Jessica Jones Photography

On our Wedding day we had 80 stunning pom poms to decorate the tables (10 on each table) in pale pink, hot pink, white and orange. We even had a tally to make sure we had an even amount of colours for each table! I am proud to say that was probably my only Bridezilla tendency (although if you asked my Maid of Honour she may say otherwise!)

They looked truly awesome, and we got some pretty cool reactions from guests, in fact many asked if they could take one home! The pop of colour really worked against the crisp white tablecloths, and with the soft candlelight and fairy lights they looked mesmerising.

© Jessica Jones Photography

After our big day, we packed the remaining pom poms up and brought them back to Wellington. They are now sitting in boxes in storage… I can’t bring myself to throw these out after all those long hours!

But alas, there have been some casualties. My not so kitten-ish anymore kitten Pixie did manage to find one box filled with these at the back of a wardrobe, and now uses it for napping. She did look fairly guilty when I discovered her atop the squished pom poms!

Special thanks for Jessica & Paul Jones for the stunning photography above.

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Sunday bannister painting!

So it was 3pm on a Sunday the other weekend and I decided then and there it was time to paint the entry-way bannisters. Cue a sigh and a reeeeeallly right now face from my husband, but I managed to convince him somehow, and so we picked up and popped down to our local Resene to pick up some charcoal/graphite coloured paint.

You may remember our white bannisters, no? They feature here where I talk about how i’m going to redo my entryway. I’m the one complaining about how everything’s too white and boring!

The blah bannisters

A snore-fest indeed!

I’m not one usually for buying test-pots (why try before you buy when you can just get into the painting faster?!) and so I decided on a shade of nearly-black – Resene Lustacryl in ‘Ultra-Deep.’  I was back home and ready to paint before 3.30pm! Not too shabby!

I thought about sanding the bannisters down but they were in quite good condition so I skipped this step. My walls are a definite shade of white, so I made sure I taped up the wooden floor edges and put down some drop-cloths on the floor and walls as usual.

One coat later and I was feeling great about my instincts to choose to paint these in a much darker shade. There is just so much white going on in this area, and the black really will tie in my painted hall table, and all three will look great with the wallpaper I purchased for the feature wall (it’s going to be where the red art is – a big reveal post coming soon!) Exciting!

Coat one down!

Second coat down, and the bannisters were looking amazing. I finished off the railing on the wall down the stairs the next afternoon which completed the look.

Top coat done

S’cuse the shadows and exposure.. it does that when you take photos at night!

I really like the black and white. It looks modern yet also classic, and somehow really does add a certain dimension to the area.

So all in all, an easy and really cheap project which adds much more to the entry space. I only managed to get three splodges of black paint on the carpet which am not terribly impressed about… maybe this weekend i’ll have to investigate carpet cleaners…

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A medallion art wall installation

Ever since seeing this awesome art installation of medallions on Pinterest back in the day, I haven’t been able to get this stunning idea out of my head! What’s not to like? It ticked the boxes of all the design things I love… some aspect of fancy.. a little bit of beige/gold and a quirky and original take on something I haven’t seen done before.

Angelo Home

Clustered on a wall, this looked like an easy and inexpensive way to add texture and dimension to an area. And because they could be placed in any space, it could work no matter how awkward your wall space was. A no-brainer really!

I proceeded to search for these ‘medallions’ and soon came to realise they didn’t really call them that in lil’ ole New Zealand. Ceiling roses, or domes is what I was really searching for, and once I figured that out, I was able to refine my search to find a plastering company in the nearby vicinity.


Carrara Ceilings came to the party, and I visited their warehouse to have a look at their roses. I was pleasantly surprised – there were actually so many options and sizes, it was really hard to just pick a few! Of course I loved the big huge ones, but they were quite expensive so I made do with some small-medium sized ones for now. I put my order in for five roses, and popped back a week later to pick these up.

Another surprise was how heavy these were! The largest sized one I got was only about 35cm wide, but it was quite heavy! I set them out and thought about what colour schemes to paint them and how I was to go about placing them… and attaching them on the wall!

What I picked out

I painted the roses in couple of different shades of white and turquoise, and did a few coats because they were so porous. I left them to dry, which took about a week, then enlisted the help of some able-bodied men that were hanging around the house.

We placed them up against the wall. I hummed and harred, the guys got cranky, I got cranky, and so ultimately I gave them the go-ahead. We very carefully affixed the roses to the wall, using 3M sticky strips that could handle their weight.

Oh man, I really need to get out my good camera! Apologies for my bad photo taking skills..  This was the best one, I swear!

Looking back, i’m so not happy with this – I want to change the arrangement and the colour! Because my lounge walls are a very pale shade of butter, the small white roses really do not stand out against the wall and so that’s why I painted them turquoise. To fix this I want to paint them all white again and get maybe five bigger ones and spread them out on the wall. I think this can work as a subtle installation, and having a few more roses that are bigger mixed in with the smaller will have more impact than a colour.

So I guess watch out for take two of this project?! In which I shall take a photo of the whole wall, so you can see them in context in my lounge.

Phew, glad we got that sussed. Now I just have to figure out how to pry them off the wall without ruining the paint job!

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