When I saw this headboard from Serena and Lily, I knew two things: 1. I had to have it; and 2. I could TOTALLY DIY this bad boy for less than $1650. Way way less.
So I made the bad boy above. That’s right. For about $100.
First, I made the frame out of plywood. I used 3/8 inch plywood. I had the hardware store cut down the plywood sheet to the desired size (I think it was overall four inches wider than my king size mattress). I attached 2×4’s to the edges of the board to create room to put foam, and also give me a hard surface to put nails into. I wanted a hard edge so I could add the nails, but wanted this headboard to be really soft and cushy and super comfortable. So I had to make enough space for both foam and nails.
The width of the 2×4’s and the 2×4 squares was just enough to allow me to nail in the Greek Key squares in the corners.
I used two memory foam egg carton mattress pads to fill in the inner square. I had to trim the corners of the memory to get the memory foam to fit. I used two layers of egg carton memory foam to make sure the frame was completely filled out and that the headboard was super comfy/squishy. I got the memory foam on clearance from Walmart, I believe – I spent like $30 or $40 on all the foam. Once I had the piece cut into the proper shapes, I sprayed the plywood with spray adhesive (outside) so that the memory foam would fit.
Then, I covered the whole thing in a layer of batten, stapling around the backside.
Next, I wrapped the whole thing in this gorgeous sea-foam velvet that I bought ages ago. I’m not including this in the price of the headboard since i have had the fabric for over two years. But, we are counting, I think I used about 3 yards of the velvet, which would add about $60 to the overall price. I stapled the velvet to the backside of the frame, starting in the center of each side and slowly moving towards the edges. I folded the corners carefully, like how you would fold a present.
Then I started adding the nailhead trim. I used one where you simply nail one in five of the nails, not all of them. Though I usually love gold or brass finishes, I felt like silver was the better color to compliment the sea-foam.
Each Greek key corner took a lot of time to lay out. Measuring out the distance from the side, getting the spacing perfect. ensuring everything was square took a LOT of trial and error and lots of calculations (and recalculations). The corners were definitely the hardest part of the whole project.
Eventually I got everything where I wanted it, as you can see in the picture above. Or at least, I got it close enough. One of the corners is not perfectly square, but I finally said, “Enough!” Then i had a glass of wine and stopped worrying about it.
Then four months later I took some pics of the bedroom. Here is one of those:
And a little vignette, where you cannot see my bed frame that has no bedskirt covering it…
Wood and screws = about $40.
Foam and batten = about $40.
Nailhead = $21
Total (not including fabric I already had) = $101.
Total savings from the original version = $1650 – $101 = $1549!!!! OMG, I’m rich! And accomplished. And modest.
So later, I will post about these dressers. And maybe about the pillows. Both the dressers and the pillows were a DIY. Get excited…?
Let me know if you have any questions in the comments.
Greek Key Love,
PS. There are big changes a-brewing for Ole Rachel here. Really exciting ones. Coming soon.