Month: March 2014

{How to:} Create a Comfy and Graphic Headboard

DSC02002 copy Our guest bed room was pretty pathetic for awhile because a.) I didn’t go in there very much so it was out of sight out of mind and b.) it wasn’t really in the budget to redo a room we spent little time in. However, I was getting really sick of it looking like it belonged to a college student who couldn’t care less… it was bad, guys. IMG_0220 It was lacking any form of decoration whatsoever, and the bed basically collected all of our old bedding that we didn’t like anymore. The land of misfit bedding, if you will…

I decided I needed something that would make a statement and define the space, but it needed to be affordable. So, remember how Steph and I keep everything? Well, drumroll please…I decided to recover an old headboard Steph had made with her sister in high school. She left in our garage when she moved away from San Diego to Santa Barbara, and yeah, I kept it. But maybe you’ll forgive me this time because it came out so cute!

DSC01959 Even though the majority of the headboard was already made when I reupholstered it, I’ll start from the beginning for you so you can make it from scratch.

What you’ll need:

  • Plywood (Cut to size. You can either cut it yourself or have them cut it for you. Here are suggestions on sizes. It depends on your own personal preference and bed)
  • Batting or padding of some sort. You can buy quilt batting and layer until you like the thickness, but I’ve also heard of people buying mattress pads at discount stores like Ross and Marshall’s which can make it even cheaper.
  • Spray adhesive
  • Scissors or razor blade
  • Staple gun
  • Graphic material of your choice cut to size. You need enough to wrap around edges of headboard by at least 5 inches

IMG_0225 Once you have all your materials you need, find a large, flat area where you can lay everything out (I did it in my living room, but I wasn’t using spray adhesive since it was already made. If you are using spray, do it in an area with really good ventilation). Then, spray plywood on one side with a generous amount of spray adhesive. Lay batting or padding over plywood and press down.

Then, using scissors or razor blade, cut any excess padding around sides. Make sure it’s the same size as the plywood and goes right to the edges. With your staple gun, staple padding down along the edges.

 

IMG_0228 Next is the fun part. take your material and lay it face down on the floor. Lay your headboard padding side down in the middle of the fabric. Make sure there is enough fabric overlapping the edges of the plywood so you can fold it over and staple.

 

 

IMG_0229 Now, in order to make sure the fabric is smooth, I like to work from opposite corners and keep gently pulling and stapling until there aren’t any wrinkles or loose areas. Don’t staple one side down super securely to realize the fabric is pulled all to one side! It’s a bit of a process and you just have to keep gently pulling and then stapling. For the corners, just fold the material over itself and staple until the they are smooth as well. Also, can you see how many times we’ve recovered this same headboard from all the layers of material? haha  DSC01964 And you’re done! Put your headboard in place and enjoy! The best thing about this project is you can reupholster however many times you want! As you could see above, this headboard has had many lives. It’s super easy to find a new piece of fabric to match the new décor of a room. I got this piece of material on sale for $10, and I loved the bold color and print. Because it’s such a large piece, it really makes a statement in a room.

DSC02002 Adding some new fresh white bedding helped as well…
DSC02013 So there you go! A super simple, comfortable and graphic headboard that could help bring some style and pep into any sad bedroom. After I did this I got a little jealous it wasn’t our room! At least now when our guests come they will have a nice, relaxing place to stay that doesn’t look like the reject room. I absolutely love it!

Hope you all had an amazing weekend! Happy Monday!

Springtime Sangria

DSC02029 So earlier this week I did a post about my favorite sandwich ever and our picnic at the beach, and I got several people asking for my sangria recipe. Well, I don’t want to disappoint! However, I want to preface this by saying it is a fake sangria recipe that I made up while I was at the grocery store, so you might want to file this more under the category of ‘yummy fruity drinks with lots of alcohol’. It was tasty though and we had enough for a couple nights. It was husband approved too, so I guess I can count it as a win!

Ingredients:

  • 750 ml white wine (I always buy super cheap white wine when I’m mixing it with juice)
  • 3/4 cup vodka
  • 2 cups juice of your choice. I used apricot/mango and apple (shout out to Santa Cruz!)
  • 1/2 lb strawberries (sliced)
  • 1/2 lb orange slices
  • lime (sliced)

DSC02034 Mix all ingredients together and chill in refrigerator for at least 2 hours, but it’s even better if you wait overnight because the flavors blend together.

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Accept what life offers you and try to drink from every cup. All wines should be tasted; some should only be sipped, but with others, drink the whole bottle.”
― Paulo Coelho, Brida

 

Spring Favorites

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We are sooo excited about Spring!! Even though it was like we skipped winter…it only really rained like…twice. BUT I get so much happier when it stays lighter out longer! I can’t even tell you what a difference that makes for me.

I wanted to share some things that I’ve been staring at adoringly lately:

{1} My Forever 21 neon, gold, and tan sandals. I love these because they are flat and comfortable, but add a casual POP to an otherwise boring outfit. Love them with my boyfriend jeans and a t-shirt. I couldn’t find the same ones online, but here is a super cute similar choice.

{2} I love these sunglasses I got with Emily in San Diego at one of our favorite thrift shops. They give me a slightly retro vibe, but go with EVERYTHING. Here are some cute ones I found online.

{3} My new wallet! I had to replace my orange one, which was also by Jessica Simpson, because it was looking pretty shabby. Marshalls always has great Jessica Simpson stuff that is super affordable. This one is awesome because it is the BEST color, and it has a hand strap. That way I can use it as my normal wallet, but also use it as a clutch when I don’t want to take my whole purse. Couldn’t find the same one online, but try Marshall’s. You can also check out this and this.

{4} My great grandmother’s charm bracelet. This is one of my most valuable possessions. My Nana gave it to me a few years ago and it is just the coolest accessory I have. Most of the charms have moving parts, and some of them say cute old-timey things like “You’re tops!” It is unique and vintage and means so much to me. Plus I love silver and it adds such a cute and girly shine to any outfit.

{5} My Jezebel book! My dad gave this to me for Christmas and it is so awesome. It’s an encyclopedia of feminist thoughts, topics, people, and rants. It is gonna be the BEST coffee table book- when I have a coffee table. If you are as into it as I am, here is where to buy it!

What are some of your favorite things right now? And what are you reading?? I need good books. :)

Auntie Snuffy

This week I have been at my sister’s house (where I technically live), helping out since my sister hasn’t been feeling well. My niece and nephew are the CUTEST. Ben is three and Alina is one and they just kill me.

I am called Auntie Snuffy in this house. Snuffy was a nickname given to me by our friends’ daughter who was three at the time. She kind of forgot my name and made up her own that sounded close and it was an instant hit. Emily and Kirby and my friends from grad school are also big fans and call me “Snuff” to this day.

Although I have seen both of my sister’s kids at least once a month since they were born, and feel like they are almost my own kids, I do feel like a fish out of water sometimes. After a day of babysitting I’m like, “Why am I SO. TIRED? All I did was get milk, make food, change the cartoons every once and a while, and yell at Ben when he was trying to tear the house down. It’s wasn’t THAT big of a deal.” But watching kids is like a whole different world. It’s just draining in a way that doesn’t make a lot of sense. Especially if you aren’t in Kid World very often.

That doesn’t mean I don’t have a ton of fun with these miniature adorable people. Yesterday Ben and I decided to make a bouquet for Mary from flowers in the back yard, and he was so cute about it.

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It’s so fun to be the Auntie and do fun stuff with them. It’s also fun to stock up on embarrassing anecdotes I can tell them when they’re teenagers. And cash in on any favor by saying “You almost got poop on me like 325,897 times.”

I can’t forget adorable Alina, who we (almost always) call Baby Sister. Who can resist this face??

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P.S. Meanwhile, at Anthony’s house…

This happens.

This happens.

His roommate decided to label ALL THE THINGS in the house.

His roommate decided to label ALL THE THINGS in the house.

...and add faces (plus accessories?) to the produce.

…and add faces (plus accessories?) to the produce.

We're also combining our bedding for a funny girly+masculine look.

We’re also combining our bedding for a funny girly+masculine look. Haha.

Hope you are finding ways to have fun wherever you are living!

<3

 

 

 

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