This is the head-board that my friend gave me. I thought of painting it and still might if I get tired of the purple. My husband and I love to read in bed and work on our laptops. I decided to try a button headboard so that we would have something soft to lean against. Because I didn’t want to lose the chance to paint it I used the back of the headboard.
I used a 1 inch piece of foam. I would really suggest if you were going to do this to use a plywood sheet and 2 inch or more of foam. My budget was really tight and I already had the headboard. First cut the foam to the desired shape. I wanted the foam to go around the board. I left some over hang to have that effect.
Next you take your material and cut it to the desired shape. I had to sew pieces together so that I would have enough length and keep the patter running the direction I wanted it to go. Next mark out where you want the buttons.
I screwed the screws into a ply wood sheet that I wood glued to the back of the headboard when I was done. This allowed for tight tucks. Another way of doing this by taking really strong string and sewing them in. Use a stick on the back to tie the string around so that it won’t pull back through the pre-drilled hole. There are many wonderful tutorials on YouTube to watch before you decide to take on this project. I could not do this because I re-buttoned fabric buttons by hand that were not strong enough to pull through. I ended up just taking fabric glue and glueing the buttons onto the screws. It worked out really good.
Most people quoted $175- 200 for a finished project. I think that would be very accurate if doing this correct. My project cost me $40.00. That was for foam and material.
Have fun with your next upcycle project. 🙂