DIY Drop Cloth Tufted Headboard

Wednesday, January 23, 2019



Y'all... I am on a rolllllll lately with DIY projects turning out better than expected! I will not lie that I have had my doubts about every single design aspect of this $100 Room Challenge. I saved the hardest for last... re-upholstering my headboard. I was sure I would mess it up or it wouldn't go as planned but it was easier than I expected! Best part? I made it using a DROP CLOTH as the fabric!

If you are just tuning in to this challenge you can catch up below!


Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Reveal (next week)



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Back in the day we DIY'd this plain ol' upholstered headboard. It was a fun DIY for the hubby and I to start our R&R adventures but it's a bit outdated. With the design of this room for the $100 Room Challenge, I decided it was time this headboard got a major facelift. The goal of this makeover was to brighten the space and this big dark headboard was the biggest eyesore that needed to be brightened up. With a strict budget I knew I couldn't spend too much on fabric so I settled on using a drop cloth. You are not going to believe this transformation!

The first thing I did was remove the old nailhead trim.



This headboard had one layer of foam, some batting and fabric so I decided in order to get a deep tufting look I would add one more layer of foam using a foam mattress pad (cheaper than buying foam at the craft store).


I used a staple gun to pull it to the edges and stapled in place (you will want a 'heavy duty' stapler for this job- good thing to have on hand for any crafter!).


Once the foam was in place it was time to measure out where I want my tufts. I knew I wanted the first row to be five inches down from the top of the headboard and to have 8 buttons, the second to have 9, third 8, etc. So I measured the foam across (79 inches) and divided by 8 and marked at each interval.




I did this same pattern down the headboard to create the tufted pattern I wanted.


Then, I used sharp scissors to create holes at each mark (stay with me- it will all make sense).


Once all the holes were made I covered the headboard with my dropcloth. I felt around with my finger to find the holes and using a roofing nail and washer, I nailed into the headboard to create the tuft.



I started with the three rows of 8 and then did the 2 rows of 9.



Once I had all the nails in, it was time to tighten the rest of the fabric around the headboard. I really had to rhythm for this other than making it as tight as I could and stapling every few inches.



No one will see the back so I'm not really worried about it but here's a quick glimpse.


The final touch for this headboard was adding custom buttons using the leftover drop cloth. I found a button making kit on Amazon and used the leftover drop cloth fabric I had to make 42 buttons.


Then, I simply used liquid stitch to attach the buttons to the places the nail heads were showing.



Voila! A BRAND NEW HEADBOARD!








 You can see a little sneak peek of some DIY artwork I've been working on!


I was so relieved when this project was complete. I know that's silly but it was the last large project of this challenge and it had me stressing! I am beyond excited with how this turned out!

If you would like a video tutorial for this headboard head on over to my Instagram and I have the full process saved in my highlights!

Updated To-Do list:
  • New Window Treatments $48 
    • Blinds- $38
    • Curtain Rod- $10 (Could have gotten one for $5 but didn't want to drive to another store)
    • Curtains- Free (already had)
  • Paint side tables Free (had paint and supplies on hand)
  • Re-upholster headboard $38 
    • Drop Cloth- $12
    • Foam Mattress Topper- $14
    • Button Cover Kit- $10
    • Hardware- $2
  • Add budget friendly accessories

Be sure to check out all of the other bloggers participating in this challenge below!




As always, Thank you for visiting R&R at home!


47 comments

  1. Wow! a lot of work but the result is fantastic. I really like dropcloth fabric it has a great texture and the color is nice too. Love your new headboard.

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    1. It is true! This one was some work but SO worth it! I am very impressed with how versatile and CHEAP drop cloths are! They are my favorite item to use in all sorts of ways!

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  2. Wow! I am blown away by how amazing this drop cloth headboard turned out! It is gorgeous! I need to give something like this a try soon.

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    1. Thank you so much!! I was honestly surprised it turned out as well as it did!! I would totally do this project again and again!!

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  3. I think this headboard project turned out beautifully and I loved seeing the process on your IG stories. I can't wait until next week.

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  4. I really like how you softened the headboard with this look. Amazing how one thing really changes the vibe of your room. Feels relaxing. Great tutorial by-the-way. Feel like I could follow your lead and make my own tufted headboard.

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    1. Thank you!! I really feel like the headboard change has made this biggest impact in making this space lighter and brighter!!

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  5. I LOVE the headboard! Such a beautiful DIY! Can't wait to see the end result!

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    1. Thank you so much!! I am so so excited for reveal week next week!!!

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  6. Rebecca this looks amazing I have been wanting to try tufting on an ottoman but was not sure where to start. Thank you for the great tutorial.

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    1. It was honestly so much easier than I was expecting! That nail trick is a game changer!!

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  7. Wow! It looks so pretty!! I loved following along on your insta stories, I know it was a lot of work but it was well worth the effort! Looking forward to seeing the finished space.

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    1. Thank you!! It was definitely one of those projects that unexpectedly breaks a sweat, haha! But SO worth it! I'd do this project again and again! So excited for the reveal next week!

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  8. I just ordered a set of wall baskets last night to do the same design over my daughter's bed. And I'm looking for a white headboard, great minds think alike! Love that you made this one yourself!

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    1. Yessss, I love me a good basket wall!! And don't forget to check out your local GoodWill! I have found ALL of my baskets for my walls there!!

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  9. Looks sooooo good!! I am tufting my couch currently - it's hard work!

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    1. It really is a difficult job and I kind of cheated, haha!! Cant wait to see your couch!!

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  10. Great idea to upcycle your headboard. I will be making a headboard on Friday so it was fun to see you are on the same page. Nice lighter look for your room. Sweet dreams, Kippi #kippiathome

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