Step 1 - Choosing the Frame
My favourite thrift shop tends to get last season's displays from various reputable retail stores around the city, so it is always a delight to go there and scour through the second hand goodies when new shipments come in. Great quality items for a fraction of the cost.
They have this amazing collection of display frames from the Gap and American Apparel so it was just a matter of choosing the frame that would work best in Ashley's bedroom. Here are some of the options I was working with.
I decided to go with this frame because of the dimensions. Just one of these frames on it's side is about the width of a queen sized bed, so it would work perfectly without any further tweaking.
Step 2 - Choosing the Fabric
The colour scheme that Ashely was keen on was a collection of greys, purples, and browns, so I wanted to work with a fabric that had interest but worked well with the colour scheme. One thing I also had to take into consideration was how the fabric was going to work with the bedding.
I decided to go with the scripted 'Britten Nummer' fabric because it added a sense of whimsy to the bedroom area with out competing with the bedding. It also did a great job of drawing the eye into the space.
Step 3 - Putting it Together
Once the choices were made putting the headboard together was a simple. I started by distressing the frame a bit just to give it a little something extra. Then I lined up the fabric in the frame adjusting it to make sure that the script was straight. I cut off the extra and staples the fabric to the back of the picture frame insert. You may also want to add a bit of glue (from a hot glue gun) to secure the fabric as well.
Putting the headboard up was as simple as hanging a frame. You want to make sure you secure the frame well because REMEMBER this is acting as a headboard. You don't want it moving around on you in certain bed rocking situations. ;)
Voilà - Picture Frame Headboard
Happy DIYing Small Space Dwellers! Have a great weekend!