6.27.2008

Carpentry

I built a headboard yesterday. That's right - a headboard for my bed. It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, but I owe a lot of credit to my cousin and her friend. The friend had already done several of them and was a pro. If I was left to my own devices? I would have just bought one, but making one is much cheaper, and kinda fun.

You start out with plywood and cut it into the shape you want - mine was rectangle and the guy at Lowe's cut it for me. (Thank jebus because I would have lost more than a finger if I had to cut it myself) Then, you have to put foam on it...and batting...and your fabric. It is a process, but doesn't take that long if you know what you are doing.

The part that has left me virtually unable to use my thumbs was the tufting. For those of you who don't know - tufting is the part where you put the buttons on the front and have to pull them through and tie it to the back. OH MY. It is the most painful thing I have ever done. It took all three of us. One to tie, one to push the button up and one to hold a finger in place for the knot. MISERABLE.

Ok, that is my rant for now. I will post a picture of my beautiful headboard as soon as it is in its place. It was worth it, I must say. And if anyone needs tips on making their own - I'm your girl.

2 comments:

Your Ill-fitting Overcoat said...

This is so funny because I just heard the word tufting for the first time yesterday and wondered what it meant!

Playful Professional said...

I would love any info you can offer about tufting. We just made a headboard and wanted to tuft it, but it just didn't work out. Any secrets would be appreciated.