Create a DIY Upholstered Headboard – Winter Pinterest Challenge

Want a beautiful upholstered headboard without breaking the bank? Create a DIY upholstered headboard with nail-head trim for your bedroom.

It’s that time again! Time for another Pinterest Challenge! Because let’s face it, we all need a little motivation to stop pinning and get to work. I was especially excited this year because one of my fave bloggers Michelle of Decor and the Dog is a host! That girl is hilarious and super crafty! winter-challengeRecently, Jesse came to me and said “I feel like our bedroom looks like a dorm. It’s so incomplete. We really need to get a headboard.” Then the clouds parted and the angels broke out in a hallelujah chorus, or maybe that was just me. Either way I was ecstatic  because he’s right, it’s very blah in there.

So we are working on the master bedroom this month instead of the dining room, though I may still paint that too, and step one was making a headboard. At first I wanted to do something shabby chic with shutters, but Jesse vetoed anything “shabby $h*t.” Instead he wanted something “classy” like “one of those fabric headboards”, and I graciously said yes, you can build me one of those. 😉 And it came out pretty darn good. diy headboardJust look at these beautiful, sexy curves. Yes, I used the word sexy to describe a piece of furniture but if anything should be sexy it should be the bed, right? 😉diy upholstered headboard2nailhead trim headboardIt wasn’t really that hard to put together either. It just involved some cutting.sawing headboardSeveral hours of stapling.upholstering a headboardAnd 2 hours of hammering nailhead trim on your hands and knees. upholstery nailhead trimThe whole thing was a weekend project and the best news is it cost us less than $100! Woohoo! I used a few tutorials I found on Pinterest, but the one from Running From the Law was my favorite. I’ll be sharing my own full detail post on cutting, stapling, nailhead trimming and hanging tomorrow. Today is all about the eye candy. upholstered headboardnailhead trim upholstered headboardNow all we need are two matching nightstands, lamps, a mirror above the bed, and some art and this room will be about 80% complete. I’m also thinking about switching up the damask print comforter for something visually cleaner, and probably upholstered headboardI consider this one of my most successful Pinterest Challenges yet! Click a link to see some of my past challenge projects involving a globe, an old window turned picture frame, and watercolor paints.

Did you participate in the challenge this year? What did you come up with? To see other great projects visit the link parties at either Young House Love, Bower Power, Decor and the Dog or The Remodeled Life.


  1. Ooooh it’s so grown up now! Good work!

  2. Krystle @ Color Transformed Family

    I think it turned out great! Way to go on getting all the nail heads in under two hours. Somehow I think it would take me all day. Your bedroom definitely doesn’t look like a dorm room now!

  3. LOVE IT!!! I so want to make one of these – but I am pretty sure my husbands head would explode if I brought it up! Haha (we bought a new bed like three years ago and he loves it madly)

    You guys did SUCH a great job, and totally changes the look of your room to a much more intentional bedroom…if that makes sense!

  4. It always amazes me when someone makes one of these and it costs under $100, when these babies usually retail over $500! Love, love, love.

  5. Kristen | Popcorn on the Stove

    Absolutely beautiful!

  6. wooow. you guys did an AWESOME job! i love it, ashley! 🙂

  7. That is awesome!! We’ve been trying to decide on an easy headboard we can DIY too. It just looks so blah without one!!

  8. Majorly impressed by everyone’s projects!! This looks awesome!!!!

  9. Jess @ Little House. Big Heart.

    Seriously, seriously impressed! It looks so so good!

    And even if that nailhead trim was a pain in the rear, it looks awesome!

  10. I love me some nailhead trim! The curves on it are gorg! Great job!! 🙂

  11. I like the shape you chose. Your room looks more grown up now.

  12. Amy@BuffaloRoam

    Looks great! You guys did a fantastic job!!!

  13. It looks awesome! Great job!

  14. Fancy pants! It’s crazy how a headboard can change a room. And spiral into 1 million other projects!

  15. Stunning! Great job:)

  16. It looks amazing Ashley! Great job! I love the simple curves on the top- so classy and sophisticated. Our room felt like a dorm too until we added a headboard. It really does help finish off the room!

  17. This came out so great! I love the shape and the nailhead trim! Such a good job 🙂

  18. It IS sexy!! I especially love the nailhead trip….nailhead trim is my new crush.

    and ps hours of stapling…ouch!

  19. it looks awesome, ashley! love the shape and the nailhead takes it over the top!

  20. The headboard looks amazing!

  21. Wow, this looks great, cant wait for the tutorial. I need to make headboards for two bedrooms in my house.

  22. Ashley – it looks fabulous! Jesse is the man! And you two are young and new and newly in love and new home owners so you should focus on the bedroom … not the dining room! That’s the project you do 19 years later (like me!).

    🙂 Linda

  23. Gorgeous! I love the shape you used, and the nail head trim looks so great. I made a headboard for my project too, I love how much they change up the room 🙂

  24. Kelly @ Corner of Main

    It turned out awesome! What a savings. Great idea to use the drop cloth!!

  25. GORGEOUS!! Well done, my friend!

  26. Love it! So cute. I’m going to have to try something similar

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