Thursday, September 20, 2012

Third Thursdays with Tash: Trash to Headboard

Hey Readers-Tash here!
Have you ever dumpster dived? I really don’t normally, but our apartment complex seems to collect interesting trash. One night Spencer (my husband) and I walked by the dumpster and there was a matching head and foot-board leaning next to the recycling. Trying to recycle un-recyclable items is another thing our complex is good at. We guessed it wasn’t worth much, but would be worth our time to haul to our place to see it in the light. After all it’s free! It was dirty, and a little water damaged, but in fairly good shape. The foot board was in worse condition, but we don’t like foot-boards anyway. We only grabbed it in case we needed to pull parts off it.

The headboard hung around, taking up space in the cramped hallway that is the laundry room, until we could gather all of the supplies to upholster it.  You have no idea how weird the discussion was on upholstering.  I thought, “A big piece of plywood, foam, fabric, and buttons.  Attach it to the headboard and you’re done!”  Spencer thought, “Buttons look like a giant pillow.”  Apparently a framed giant buttoned pillow is not what you sleep under.  It will cause nightmares or something! 

The discussion on fabric was weird too.  I never thought I would be trying to talk my husband out of a color he doesn’t like.  Initially I walked past the fabric we chose.  Even though it perfectly matched the style we wanted, it looked too pink to me.  Spencer insisted it’s not pink, it’s warm with gold undertones.  Well when he put it so eloquently how could I resist? 

See I helped! There are my toes :)
Once we obtained all of our materials it took us all of Labor Day weekend to put the pieces together.  By us I mean Spencer, with a little help from me when he needed four hands.  We put it together faster than I could take pictures too.  One moment it was a mock up, then a lattice, then done! 

My husband is so good at drilling, he only needs one hand :)
Here’s the cost break down:
Headboard- Free!
Plywood- leftovers from other projects, Free!
Foam- $20, but we only used half
Fabric- $8
Hardware- approx. $200. 
Total- $228

I know what you’re thinking, “Um… Did you use solid gold nuts and bolts?”  No. Spencer decided that he just had to have a new miter saw to complete this project.  This means I have to remember that the miter saw will last at least thirty years, and be useful and helpful in more ways than I can imagine (according to my husband, of course)...just like the old headboard.  I’m sure the miter saw will come in handy when we turn it into something better than a headboard. 

It’s so nice to sleep under a headboard that is not pink, doesn’t look like a giant pillow, and doesn’t make a bang noise when you just walk next to the bed (like the old one). We do not miss the old loud headboard, not one bit. 

Thanks for reading-See you next month!


  1. The two of you did an amazing job with this headboard. I am so impressed. I have a link party on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this and any other posts. It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. It runs from Wednesday to Sundays.
    I hope to see you there. I am your newest follower, and I would love for your to follow me also. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above


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