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My Thousand Dollar Headboard!!

Okay, obviously I’m not being serious. If you know me but at all, then you know there’s no way in heck that I’d ever pay $1000 for a headboard. Okay, let’s be real.  I’d never pay $200 for a headboard!! But that’s because I’m cheap, and I do things myself.

But after I got my headboard made this weekend, I started poking around online to see just how much someone would have to pay for something comparable to my new headboard. I was pretty shocked.

I found this one from Restoration Hardware for $795…

It’s pretty, but it doesn’t have a nailhead trim.

I found this one from Calico Corners.  

As you can see, that’s just a plain ‘ole wrap-and-staple headboard…no nailhead trim…and it starts at $695 for a twin size!!  Yikes!!

This one from Bassett was my original inspiration…

That’s gorgeous, and it actually does have a nailhead trim.  The cost for a queen size is $649.

And last, there’s this one from Ballard Designs, with the price starting at $619 for a queen…

 

And while all of those are nice, I have to say that my version, for less than $150, is actually my favorite…

Here’s the breakdown:
Remnant fabric from local fabric store, on sale: $15
1 piece of 1/2-inch MDF: $22
Spray adhesive: $10
Packaged polyester batting, queen size: $10 (with coupon)
Nailheads: $6 (I used approximately 300 for a queen size headboard)
Hangman hardware (to hang headboard on wall): $10
Staples for staple gun: $3
Foam: $45 (with coupon)
TOTAL: $121

More bedroom details coming up tomorrow. Hey…I worked my fingers to the bone this weekend on my bedroom. You can’t expect me to show you everything all at once, now can you?! 😀

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    pk @ Room Remix
    October 18, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    You did a great job on it! Beautiful look – excellent price. 🙂

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    Janell @ Isabella and Max
    October 18, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Fabulous!! Love the fabric next to the grasscloth, beautiful! Janell

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    katskraps4kids
    October 18, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Oh yeah- I'd have to say yours is my fav too- Way to go – it is crazy how much they charge for stuff nowadays!!!! I keep saying I need to do one for my 12yo daughter's headboardless bed. Maybe one day… Be blessed, Karyl =0)

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    Susan D..
    October 18, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    You always leave me wanting more! This is beautiful! I am in desperate need of a new headboard for my master also and would like to make one, I just need the confidence to do it! Can't wait to see the rest of the room!

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    Cassandra
    October 18, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    LOVE IT!!! Where did you find the nailhead?

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    Wall Stickers
    October 18, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    Really good site. Thank you for your effort

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    Sherry from Alabama
    October 18, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    How beautiful! And so satisfying to make something you (and everyone else) will love at a low cost. Great job!

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    Kim - A Creative Spirit
    October 18, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    It is BEAUTIFUL and I like it against the Grasscloth.

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    Anonymous
    October 19, 2010 at 1:47 am

    Kristi, you did one awesome job, it is beautiful!!!

    I don't understand this select a profile, but I'm Gillybean, ; )

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    Brooke
    October 19, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Amazing, and I am so happy yo find another self-proclaimed cheapskate that likes to create expensive looks for much less!

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    October 19, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Cassandra, I actually found the nailheads locally (surprise, surprise!!) at a place called Heart of Texas Foam & Fabric.

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    Design For All Seasons
    October 23, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I'll be checking out this info as I get closer to redoing the guest room.

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    Cheryl
    October 24, 2010 at 12:41 am

    Ah, you are a tease…however the pics that you did reveal look great. I will definitely be stopping by again to see your room reveal.
    I have always wanted one like the one from ballard, but not into that high price tag.

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    Anonymous
    October 24, 2010 at 2:43 am

    oh wow looks great! HOW did you get the nailheads so straight??

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    October 24, 2010 at 2:56 am

    I had a nifty little tool that I used to get them perfectly spaced. 🙂 You can click here to see it and read more about the process.

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    Michelle @ Sweet Something Design
    October 24, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    Great job! Custom is better than store bought anyday…I can't believe those prices!

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    Its So Very Cheri
    October 25, 2010 at 12:51 am

    I would love to have you enter this on my party at ItsSoVeryCheri.com and then over at our other site theDIYClub.com We have a weekly DIY Living party over there.

    Cheri

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    Lauren @ 31diy
    October 26, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Turned out gorgeous! Bravo to you! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    The Autocrat: Haley
    October 26, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Great job! Love it!! And the color is so fabulous!

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    Laurel @ Ducks in a Row
    October 27, 2010 at 3:10 am

    I think it looks fabulous! What's not to love? I love the gray and the nailheads!

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    Tracey
    October 27, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Very cool! It's so nice to be able to look at something and just make it yourself! Good for you 🙂

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    Stephanie Lynn @Under the Table and Dreaming
    October 28, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    Kristi – You have done an incredible job! Looks fantastic! I can't wait to see the whole room come together. Great wall treatment too – btw! I featured this on the Sunday Showcase post. Stop by and grab a button if you like. Thanks so much for linking up. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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    Stephanie Lynn @Under the Tabl
    April 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Kristi – You have done an incredible job! Looks fantastic! I can't wait to see the whole room come together. Great wall treatment too – btw! I featured this on the Sunday Showcase post. Stop by and grab a button if you like. Thanks so much for linking up. Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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    Lauren @ 31diy
    April 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Turned out gorgeous! Bravo to you! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    Susan D..
    April 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    You always leave me wanting more! This is beautiful! I am in desperate need of a new headboard for my master also and would like to make one, I just need the confidence to do it! Can't wait to see the rest of the room!

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    The Autocrat: Haley
    April 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Great job! Love it!! And the color is so fabulous!

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    MrsE
    August 10, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Love, love love this headboard! Enjoy reading your latest and greatest projects. It helps motivate me to get some things done around my place. Thanks a million for sharing!

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    Janel Cunningham
    August 16, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    I love, love, love the fabric. However I cant seem to find anything comparable in price or color anywhere. Is this upholstery fabric? 

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    August 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Yes, it's upholstery fabric.  I bought it at a local fabric store as a remnant, so I got a great deal on it.  I think I've seen similar things at JoAnn Fabric in their home decor fabric, and they generally have coupons available.

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