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Like most standard adults, one of the most neglected areas of our home is the master bedroom. It’s bland, we haven’t painted the walls, there is no decor, and it’s essentially the dungeon of the house. It’s quite embarrassing when people come over and want a tour of the place. We don’t even have big, fluffy pillows on our bed. It’s literally a mattress on a platform with a reversible comforter on it, kind of like something you’d see in a dorm room, only marriage sized.
The wall behind our bed is a matte contractor beige and you can see the grease-slick from our heads along the wall, it’s pretty gross.
I’ve wanted to do something pretty up there, but haven’t wanted to spend the money on fixing it up. And then Loom & Leaf sent me this amazing new memory foam mattress, and I couldn’t, in good conscience, let it sit up there looking all lonely and dorm-roomy. In my new-found good sleep one night, I had a really fantastic idea for some wall art, or a headboard, or whatever you want to call it. Something easy, no-sew, that I could do on a budget.
It initially involved door knobs, but that proved to be too complicated, so I changed my thought process a bit and purchased some drawer pulls from Marshall’s. Then I hit up my favorite craft store and found two matching-yet-not fabrics to create a lattice with. This DIY bedroom wall art is relatively simple and can be switched out with the seasons or the latest trends so that you’re never in a situation where you’ve got mustard yellow shag and an avocado refrigerator well past its prime, you know what I mean?
I’m not going to lay here and lie to you about the fact that this didn’t seem a little daunting at first – it totally did. I don’t sew and I’m not confident in my straight-line cutting abilities, much less my hemming-with-glue abilities. I’m an underachiever at best in the crafting sphere, so this was like standing at the base of K2 and planning to summit in one day with nothing but a pint of water in hand. Seriously.
With like ALL the help from my sister, we washed, dried, ironed, glued, and drilled holes into my walls until we came up with this gorgeous DIY bedroom wall art that I’m ridiculously excited about, all for under $100. I spent about $35 on knobs, $45 on fabric, and $10 on glue. I used a tape measure for measuring and my phone for a level and did this thing the only way I knew how.
Let’s get started:
For this project, you will need:
- 5 yards of fabric – 2.5 each of two different fabrics
- 2 bottles of no-heat, no-stitch sewing glue
- 12 drawer pull knobs (mine are mismatched)
- measuring tape
Measure a 34″ square behind your bed and mark it off using a pencil. Mark and drill holes using the drill bit most appropriate for your knobs 17″ in (dead center) on each side of the square. Then mark and drill holes 6″ in from each corner. You should have a total of 12 holes drilled, three on each side.
*Screw the knobs into the holes you’ve drilled
*Leaving your fabric doubled over, cut it into six 14″x40″ pieces (three strips of each pattern.
*Open the fabric up and cut a 2″ cut in the fabric on each side along the top seam
*Fold the material over and iron a 2″ hem into all sides of the fabric.
Make sure you have a really nice, tight line so that once you put the glue down, the seam folds over into place easily. You won’t have to do this on the side that you made the cuts in – there’s an automatic seam!
*Put fabric glue on the inside of the flaps then press down to create a solid hem.
We used a glue spreader to spread the glue out evenly. At the end of each piece of fabric, cut a little fabric off at a diagonal so that the ends don’t have too much fabric in them.
* Once you’ve glued all your hems in, fold the piece back in half to create a 10″ x 38″ sash. Line the edges up then glue the edges together. Lay flat to dry.
*Repeat until you have six 10″ x 38″ sashes
*When glue is dry, fold each sash in half, long-wise and measure to 1.5″ & 3″ from the top of the fabric on both ends. Make a small incision at the 1.5″ and 3″ marks then cut between the two incisions to create the space your knob will go.
* Hang the fabric on the knobs, weaving into a lattice as you go. If you find you need to starch your fabric sashes to get them to stay taught, you can do that, or you can use sticky tack to keep the corners upright. Our glue had a stiffening agent, so we were able to rely on the stiffening and the lattice to keep everything upright.
I am so pleased with the way this wall art came out. It only took a couple hours to do all of the sashes, so I’ll be making more that I can change out as I please, or with the seasons.