Aug 10, 2011

You'll Have That.

I know, I know… I’m slacking. In my defense, this week’s DIY project totally, absolutely, 100% bummed me out. I spent hours working on a structured window valance for the kitchen (that Centsational Girl inspired me to make) only to realize that I was using a fabric with a vertical pattern. If it were any other pattern, I could’ve gotten over it but literally the birds in this pattern were sideways and upside down. Basically, I turned parrots into bats. As if that wasn’t enough, I then accidentally cut through the valance when trimming the liner fabric. This resulted in a horrible, no good, very bad DIY day. But as JD always says, “You’ll have that.” This saying has never ever made me feel better (or really made any sense) until now, because it’s so true. Things go wrong, fabric rips, paint drips and I often trip (yes, I just busted a rhyme.) Although it’s incredibly frustrating, messing up a project is a great way to learn and let’s just say, I learned a lot this week.

So after giving the torn valance a piece of my mind and forcefully ripping each staple out (as punishment!) I decided to take a well deserved break, which involved mimosas with girlfriends and a trip to the fabric store. LOVE these two ladies and as you can see it’s hard to be around them without having fun.

Maybe it was the awesome mood I was in after hanging with the girls or the fact that I loved my new fabric, but as soon as I got home I was ready to show this valance who was boss.

Here’s what I used:

  • 1x3x8 white board (cut to the window’s dimensions)
  • 3 yards of fabric (for 96″ window). I suggest using a fabric liner if your fabric is thin.
  • Sewing machine
  • Staple Gun
  • Corner Brackets
  • Screwdriver

Here’s how I did it:

Step 1
Cut the board and fabric the width of your window. Then cut the fabric your preferred length. I wanted my valance to be 15″ long.

TIP: Here’s a tip when buying wood. To ensure the board is straight, stand behind the board and hold it at an angle to look for curvatures.

Step 2
Sew a 1″ seam on all sides. The second fabric I used was pretty thick, so I skipped the liner.

Step 3
Staple the fabric to the board. I started with one of the edges and worked my way across.

Step 4
Use a screwdriver to attach the corner brackets to the board. Then bribe someone strong to install. You can totally do this yourself, but it’s much easier to get a little help for this part.

Step 5 (Optional)
If your valance isn’t even or if you want to add a little swag, use two pieces of the extra fabric to pull the fabric up. I simply stapled the fabric to the top and then used a safety pin to hold the swag in the back.

Does this bench look familiar? It should! I recently moved it from our bedroom and it now serves as a super comfy window seat. It’s starting to feel a little more nook-ish.

You likey?

Jul 31, 2011

A Grown Up Headboard

Since I’ve had this super comfy queen sized bed, it’s been missing its key counterpart… the headboard. I bought the mattress and frame during my junior year in college and due to my tiny room and budget, never invested in a headboard. Then when we bought our first house, I had so many other things to buy to furnish the rooms, the headboard quickly fell to the bottom of my “gotta-have-it” list. After many hours of online shopping, I found all of the headboards I loved were $300+ and I simply can’t justify that cost for a guest bedroom… sorry Bumpass guests! So what’s a gal to do when she wants something that’s $300+ for less than $100…? Well, make it herself of course!

If you have 3 hours and ~$100 bucks (depending on your tool supply), you my friend can have your very own handmade tufted headboard.

Here’s whatcha need:

- 1 sheet of 1/2 inch plywood
- Circular saw
- Jigsaw (if you’re cutting an angle, like I did)
- Electric screwdriver and 5/16 drill bit
- 2″ foam (I used foam squares)
- Spray adhesive
- Batting
- 2 yards of fabric (for Queen headboard)
- Staple gun
- Make-your-own button kit
- Decorator needles

Here’s how I did it:

Step 1: Cut the plywood the width of the bed. Queen bed = ~60″ wide and I left the height as is, 48″. Note: Definitely use sawhorses if you have them, but since we do not, our bench press worked perfectly! Remember my post last month about not using a chainsaw? Well, I still haven’t worked myself up to using a circular saw, so JD stepped in to help out with this part. Thanks shug. :)

Step 2 (Optional): If you want to add a design or curve to your headboard, start by making a pattern. I thought about free handing this, but really wanted it to be symmetrical, so I quickly made a pattern out of card stock and traced it on the plywood. I then used a jigsaw to cut my design. (This is officially my first powertool. And yes, it does live on my side of the garage!)



Step 3: Decide placement for the buttons and drill the appropriate holes. I placed mine 14″ apart and used a 5/16 drill bit to make the holes.


Step 4: Cut the foam to the exact dimensions of the headboard and use a spray adhesive to ensure the foam sticks to the plywood when you stand it up to secure the batting.


Step 5: Cover the foam with batting and tightly staple it to the back of the headboard. The batting makes your foam stay in place, adds another layer of padding, and ensures the color of your foam is hidden. Definitely a good thing, as my foam was sea foam green!


Step 6: Tightly wrap the front of your headboard with fabric and secure it to the back with a staple gun. Pull as hard as possible to ensure the fabric is super tight.

Step 7: Most professionally made headboards have finished backs but since this headboard is going to hang on the wall, I completely skipped this step. TADA!

Step 8: Use decorator needles and a thick thread to add your buttons. I bought the plastic “make-your-own-button” kit from Hancock and although it’s a little hard to assemble, it does the trick. Make sure you get the larger size, as I accidently bought 2 different sizes (Thus why only one row is currently finished!)

Step 9: Enjoy your fabulous new headboard! :) I’m also loving this new DwellStudio coverlet from Target. It’s sold out online, but I found 3 left (and on sale!) at my local target. It’s a perfect match with Benjamin Moore’s “Stonington Grey”.




A friend of mine recently told me that you’re officially a grown up when you have a headboard on your bed. Who knew it only took a few hours and about $100 bucks to get there :) What makes you feel like a grown up? Besides 8 hour work days and bills….


Jul 28, 2011

Tufted Headboard Sneak Peek

I’m still working on the buttons and finishing a few more details in the room, but I’m so excited to share my tufted headboard tutorial this weekend! :)

Here’s a sneak peek:

Jul 25, 2011

A Different Kind of Pickin'

Typically to me, the word “picking” means finding something fabulous in not so fabulous places (i.e. my Henredon coffee table from a junky farm sale). However, this weekend I did a completely different type of pickin’…. and boy did it produce some sweet results. At a farm nearby, we found bush after bush with the prettiest blackberries I’ve ever seen. The deer who frequent this bush with the afternoon munchies are definitely going to be pissed when they see how many we picked. Speaking of deer, if anyone knows how they can get the berries off the bush without bleeding and dropping the “f bomb” several times, please let me know… it’s boggling my mind! :)

Although it’s not the most attractive bush in the world, it definitely produces one of the sweetest fruits. I think if I could get over the seeds, it would by far be my most favorite!

Although the red berries are pretty, they are definitely not as good as the black berries… plus they’re called Blackberries not Redberries so give them a little time.

The thorns surrounding this bush are very painful so we had to grab the top of the berry and pull. Thank you to my beautiful hand model.

Jackpot. Good find Mama!

So what to do with all of these Blackberries? Since I had about 2 quarts I narrowed it down to either jam or cobbler and of course I chose both! Since I also ambitiously decided to make a fabric covered headboard (post coming later this week, so excited to share!) and paint the guestroom on Sunday, I only had time to make the cobbler. Here’s my favorite cobbler recipe from an old cookbook JD’s grandma gave me. Thanks Effie! This recipe is as sweet as you :)

Blackberry Cobbler


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 qt. blackberries cooked with 1 cup sugar and ½ cup water


Wash the blackberries thoroughly.

Combine the first six ingredients and pour into a greased 9 inch square baking pan.

Cook the blackberries with 1 cup of sugar and 1/2 cup of water. (Important Tip: After the Blackberries are cooked, I typically use a strainer to separate the juice from the berries. If you don’t feel your cobbler has enough juice from just the berries, then add a little from the juice you strained.)

Pour the cooked berries on top of your batter.

Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool before digging in! Pair with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a cold glass of milk. Yummmmm…..


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