IKEA HACK – DIY Upholstered Headboard from the IKEA TARVA bed

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Get ready to pin ya’ll! You guys are going to want to save this tutorial for later! I’m spilling all the details on the DIY upholstered headboard today!

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Remember a month or so ago, when I shared my inspiration for Peighton’s room? I had this beautiful bed picked out but it was WAY out of my price range.  I had also put together a collection of awesome IKEA bed hacks that totally inspired me! So I decided to do IKEA bed hack of my own and do a DIY upholstered headboard in pink!
DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva BedAnd since we already had the IKEA TARVA bed in Peighton’s room – I wanted to just go ahead and use it but zhush it up with a pretty headboard. The IKEA TARVA bed is relatively cheap, just $70. They have an even cheaper wood bed (around $30) available but my store was completely out of stock, so TARVA it was.

Products We Used:

Jig Saw

Electric Staple Gun ( I like this upholstery staple gun)

Wood Glue

Hammer and Nails

Rubber Mallet

Large Piece of Ply Wood or MDF (size will vary. Measure the wide of current headboard for proper width +desired height)

1 Twin Sized Egg crate Foam Padding

2 yards of Fabric (Canvas – I used this Fuchsia Fabric)

2 yards of quilt batting

Fabric Glue

Brass Nailhead Trim

First thing is first – Iron your fabric – it will be a total pain but it’s going to be worth it to get nice smooth lines.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

First you’ll need to decide the shape of your headboard. I googled “Upholstered Headboard” and scrolled through thousands of images before deciding on my shape. I wanted something I could easily free hand. For the design, I grabbed a brown paper bag, carefully pulled it apart into one long piece, and then folded it in half. Then I traced half of my design starting at the fold. Once it was perfect I cut it out, unfolded it, and laid it on my piece of wood to trace.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Once I was happy with the traced design, Matt got out the jigsaw and cut the wood along my traced lines created the headboard shape.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Not bad!

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Note: If you are buying an IKEA bed specifically for this purpose don’t put it completely together! We had the bed for some months before taking on this task so we had to remove the headboard to attach the piece of wood.

Next, using wood glue attach the piece of wood to the front of the TARVA headboard. Use clamps to hold the two pieces together.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Once the wood glue is dry, you can secure it with finishing nails.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Next is the padding. Cut the padding to the shape of your headboard. And use fabric glue to attach the egg crate padding to the front of the headboard.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

After the padding is on, you can add the layer of batting. Using your electric staple gun, pull the batting taut and staple to the back side of the headboard.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

The front of your headboard will look like this. It’s ready for the fabric.

Using the same technique, making sure the fabric is nice and taut staple the fabric to the back side of the headboard. I found that start on one side and moving up the side of the headboard was the best way to get the least amount bunching. Going around the curves, make a few snips in the fabric on the back of the headboard to allow you to pull the fabric as tight as possible.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

A note about nailhead trim. This was my very first project using nailhead trim (way to be adventurous right?). You’ll want to use a ruler/yardstick to keep it straight – I didn’t and wish I had. Also the trim bends and turns so you don’t have to cut each piece as you move along.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

Every few “nailheads” there is one with a hole where the actual nailhead hammers in. Use a rubber mallet when hammering in these guys and be gentle, the heads can pop right off if you hammer too hard.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

After the nailhead trim was complete we simply placed the headboard back on the bed.

DIY Upholstered Headboard from IKEA Tarva Bed

This DIY upholstered headboard ended up being a great day project for us and ended up saving us a small fortune! Now we get the luxurious and sophisticated look of a fabulous upholstered headboard at just a fraction of the cost! That’s winning if you ask me!!

Thank you so much for visiting today!! Have a great weekend! xo

If you like this project, check out the full room reveal here.


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Pink & Gray Ombre Growth Chart

Okay, this is a fun one! I decided to give a DIY growth chart a shot a few months ago after being seeing them pop up all over pinterest.

I knew I wanted to incorporate the pink and gray tones of my daughter’s nursery, which you can check out here. Ombre immediately came to mind.

If you follow me on instagram (which you totally should because I’m always posting pictures of my adorable babe), then you may remember seeing a photo of me working on this project over a month ago. Yeah. This guy sat in the in between for quite some time. Too many half finished projects, what can I say?

One thing about choosing a board. If I could do it over, I would pick a board with very few knots it in. Mine had quite a few and it isn’t very flattering under the paint.

To get the ombre look, I marked off six sections. Then, I painted the darkest shade of pink on the bottom section. When painting the next section (the middle pink color) I rolled my roller brush up into the darkest pink to fade into it. I did this with all six colors.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut vinyl stencils for the numbers. Now, I had a hard time figuring out what color I was going to paint these numbers and I’m still not sure I made the right choice. Any other color I think would have been washed out. I still think glittery numbers would have worked nicely, I may go back and do that. Who knows!

Lastly, I needed a way to mark Miss P’s growth. For now, I am using these little tags and some wash tape. I’m still deciding on the best way to mark her growth. I love washi tape so I may just end up with some washi tape flags.

So, there you have it. My pink and gray ombre growth chart. I look forward to getting it hung up in my daughter’s room.

Tell me what you think! Are you a fan of ombre?

I hope you all have a great week!

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Miss P’s Nursery

Hi friends! I want to share my daughter’s nursery with you. I’m so excited to share this space for two reasons. One, it feels like such an accomplishment because it’s the only semi finished room in the house. And well, it just got completed. And two, it’s the most sentimental room in the house.

Knowing that we would be moving just weeks after her birth we didn’t bother setting up a nursery in our old house. It would have been just more to pack up and honestly, you just never know with base housing if you’ll have space. So I spent the majority of my “nesting” phase working on little projects but it didn’t all come together until about a month after we moved here.

I picked the Jenny Lind crib because of it’s classic look. I played around with the idea of painting it but when it arrived I loved it too much to change it. All of the other furniture in the space was purchased used (oh how I miss Texas Good Will Stores) and brought back to life by my wonderful husband. I knew from fairly early on that I wanted a pink and gray nursery. I had played around a bit with other colors but I had my heart set on sewing the crib quilt and well I fell in love with some pink and gray fabrics and that was that.

Because of our ugly standard glossy eggshell walls, I went with some painted picture frames to create P’s little gallery wall. We picked up these picture frames on several different trips to Good Will. Most of them were under $1.00 and ugly as can be. My husband painted them gray and sanded them to give them a weathered look.

I made a button monogram and picked out a few of my favorite photos. My husband and I on my last day being pregnant, P as a newborn, and my favorite is that photo of a blue bonnet, the Texas state flower. Since we knew she wouldn’t spend much time in her birth place we wanted to bring a little bit of Texas to her room. On the opposite wall we put up our first family photo and a memory shadow box.

I covered a couple boxes with fabric to hold her bows and  headbands. And at three months old we did her foot prints on canvas.

Like I mentioned, it was really important to me to make her crib quilt. I wanted it to not only be custom but a keepsake.

There are so many reasons why I love this room. It was something my husband and I worked on together. A labor of love in it’s truest sense. I love the way it turned out. Simple yet feminine. Functional but not cluttered. Years from now when my baby is no longer a baby I imagine taking the crib out (I could cry thinking about it) and easily transitioning this into her big girl room. For now, I won’t think about that and I’ll just enjoy it.

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