Upholstered Headboard

Upholstered Headboard

Hi all! I found this gorgeous headboard on a Facebook yard sale group a couple of months ago and had to go see it. A local upholstering company was selling it out of their warehouse. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was coming home with me, only it was  four days later. It was so big, there was no way it was going to fit into my SUV, so I had to end up picking it up with my hubby’s truck…on my birthday!

It was listed at $75, but the girl selling it took my offer of $60. What a steal!

It’s been living in my dining room for nearly two months! Isn’t it grand?
French Provincial Upholstered Headboard before

They had just upholstered it in this pretty fabric, but since I was in the market to flip this beautiful piece, I thought it would sell faster if it were more neutral.

I was originally going to redo it in black and white toile. It’s such a pretty look for a bedroom, but after recently upholstering my French Provincial chairs, I decided to upholster this headboard to match.

Upholstered Headboard


Upholstered Headboard

As you can see, I also painted it to match the chairs. I really wish I could keep this, but I already have a bed that I love.

I had a ton of requests for a tutorial on the chairs, including the double welting (that’s the corded trim that finishes the edges off nicely).  I’ll be putting tutorials for both of those together very soon, I promise!

The hardest part of this upholstery project was getting the fabric to line up!

Upholstered Headboard

Of course I’m such a pro at it  (no I’m not) that it lined up perfectly the very first time…bahahahaha…my pants are SO on fire. It took me about four times to redo this to get it right!

The fabric (from Hancock Fabrics), is 54 inches wide, so I centered that and added the additional width I needed to either side.

Upholstered Headboard

The foam underneath was still in perfect condition since it had just been upholstered…


So I just centered my fabric and stapled it close to the edge all the way around, folding the edges under as I went…


I used my $8 light duty Stanley staple gun from Walmart. It works perfectly!

Here is the double welting:
Upholstered Headboard

Here it is going on. I hot glued it in place.

Upholstered Headboard

I planned on sharing the how to for the welting with this post, but there are so many pictures, I decided to break it up.

The paint I used is my DIY paint in Behr’s Cottage white again. I buy it by the gallon because I just love it.

Upholstered Headboard

It is the perfect shade of ivory.

This headboard fits right in in this corner of my dining room perfectly:

Upholstered Headboard

Think I could convince the hubby to move our dining table upstairs, so I could set up my new bedroom in here?


I also have this fun giveaway still going on until the 17th, that includes a storage case I redid in the same fabric, along with a few of my favorite things!

Favorite Things Giveaway


I’d love to know what you think of the headboard, and what you thought about the original fabric? I delivered the chairs to the shop last week and took this piece in on Monday and the chairs had sold! So much for upholstering this to match. Oh well, maybe the buyer will be back. 🙂



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  1. Robin Stephens says

    Gosh, I so wish you lived next door. I’m a great baker (read: cinnamon buns to die for!). I’d bake for you night and day if you’d share your upholstery habit with me! LOVE what you do. Good job, Chicka!

  2. You are amazing… you make it look so easy and I know from some past experiences that it isn’t. I love your style, love the fabric and always enjoy coming here to visit. Oh, and thanks for a chance at your lovely giveaway.

    • Thanks so much, Jacqeline! This wasn’t too bad to do after finishing the chairs. They nearly did me in! SO happy to have you here and good luck on the giveaway! XO XO

  3. Another great job Christy!! Wish I could buy all three pieces!!

  4. Girl do you ever stop? What a beautiful headboard – your makeovers always blow me away! Looking forward to your tutorial on double welting (without a piping foot). I have a chair waiting for a makeover but I’m too chicken to teach myself how to do the double welting so I’m holding off until your tutorial. No pressure! LOL
    Have a great weekend 🙂

    • Ha ha it feels like I just keep moving! It’s the neverending quest to tackle my to-do pile. It will never end unless I stop dragging stuff home lol! I’ll do the welting post early next week. I was going to include it in this post, but there were too many pictures! Have a fantastic weekend!! XO

  5. Christy
    This is so beautiful – wish I lived closer because it would be sold now. Just love your work.

  6. Wow, gorgeous piece Christy! Great job, I love its makeover.

  7. Christy you have such beautiful taste. Maybe you can consider attaching a wooden bench to it so you can leave it in your lovely dining room. Have a great weekend.

    • You are so sweet, Heather! Thank you! That would actually be a marvelous alternative, but it’s 84 inches wide, maybe if it were a bit smaller. That’s a great idea, though. 🙂

  8. Oh! and you make it look soooo easy!!! I am a BIG “line-up fan” no matter the project….so I appreciate that.
    Love the new look you gave it.

    • Thanks, Addie! I’m such a perfectionist when it comes to those little details, I just had to keep trying to get it just right. 🙂

      • Hi Christy,

        Your work is absolutely stunning! And it inspires me. I have certainly started viewing different pieces of cast off furniture in a different light. On another note, where did the cute little bird with the hat come from in the last picture? He’s absolutely adorable and what a cute display!

  9. I love this fabric. I have checked the Hancock’s website and they have two fabrics listed. There are two different prices and one has the 54″ width listed. What’s the difference between them and which did you choose? Thank you for the inspiration.

    • I see the two swatches listed under drapery fabrics on their site. The one I purchased was originally $29.99, on sale for $14.99, and it was 54″ wide. The one priced on sale at $12.49 looks more like the background ground color I used though. I called my store and got the sku number if you’d like to call a store and order it over the phone. The sku# is: 3669926. They also have an extra 20% off your entire purchase coupon on their site right now you can grab the promo code from. Hope this helps! XO

  10. This is gorgeous. I love it. And the matching lamp. I think I feel a French fever coming on…haha!!!

  11. Lovely headboard! Impeccable upholstery…

  12. I love this re-do, the upholstery was gorgeous before but I am partial to the french print. I try to shy away from prints that don’t line up easily but you made it look so easy! Great job!

  13. Tami Wilson says

    I like the original upholstery job and fabric but are not my decorating style. Your re-do is absolute perfection again. A little help on the fabric matching…learned this from making curtains that about caused my hubby to institutionalize me. After you match your patterns and pins well, use stitch witchery tape to lock the pattern match in place by “hemming” in the selvedge edges along the match. Then I ironed a crisp line to guide sewing and everything is still. This prevented the fabric from slipping especially as it is prone to do the further you get down the length of fabric. Then you can easily pull apart the ironed together portion or cut it out if you choose and iron out the line that guided your sewing. That little light-bulb moment worked like a charm for me and believe me I did lost of grumbling, groaning and probably a little bit of hissy fit throwing for a grown woman while tackling curtains for my home last year.

    Anyway, I love all of your projects.