A Bedroom’s Coming of Age

I’d like a grown-up’s bedroom.  I really would.  A bedroom with matching furniture, drapes, maybe even a little reading nook.  But, you see, like for most people, money is an issue.  Right now we have a perfectly nice bedroom with hand-me-down mismatched dressers, old bedside tables, and UGLY light-blocking curtains.  But everything is functional and, for a room where you spend most of your time with eyes closed, that’s better than a sharp stick in the eye.
Still, I’d like a grown-up bedroom.  So I’m taking baby steps (there’s irony there somewhere).  And step one was to get a headboard.  But…. headboards also cost money.  Shoot.  So I had a dilemma.  How could I get a nice-looking headboard for our room but spend almost no money?
And that’s when this happened.  Necessity is one heck of a mother.
To make this headboard, you will need:
12 sheets of scrapbook paper
12 lineoleum floor tiles with adhesive backing
I had bookmarked this idea off of Dollar Store Crafts which originally put the idea into my head to make a headboard for our bed using scrapbook paper.  I am a big lover of squares and straight lines, so I loved the look of that paper installation!
At that same time, I was finding tons of people were making wall decor for their walls using foam board.    Sounded like a great idea to me, so I headed out to the craft store.
I found 12 sheets of scrapbook paper that I loved (and were on sale – bonus!) but the styrofoam board was pricey!  Then there was the question of how to attach the paper to the foam board.  Spray adhesive? Mod Podge?  What?
Frustrated, I headed to Home Depot figuring I could talk some burly dude in the lumber department into cutting some MDF into 12×12 squares for me.  As I was trying to figure out how exactly to ask for what I wanted without going into this whole long story (yes, I am one of those people who rehearses whole conversations in her head), I wandered down the flooring aisle.
And there they were.  Self-adhesive linoleum floor tiles.  And they were already 12 inches square!  And they cost a whopping 28 cents a piece.  Nice.
I couldn’t even wait to get home to get started on the project!  I stopped off at my parents’ house on the way home and began peeling the backing off the floor tiles and smoothing the scrapbook paper on.  Like magic.
As soon as I got home, I headed up to our room (which at the time was well over 90 degrees and un-air-conditioned) with hammer, nails and level in hand.  Less than 30 minutes later, I had my headboard.  For less than $10.
A month or two later, I stumbled upon this lamp at Goodwill.  It was originally a weird fake metal color, so I hit it with some Espresso spray paint.  Then I hot glued on the two ribbons.  I love how even the little pull for the switch has a cube on it.  Yippee for squares!
Here it is in the context of the room.  Don’t ask about the kitty picture leaning up beside it.  My husband has a weird sense of humor.
And there you have it.  A bedroom fit for a(n almost) grown-up.  Which suits me pretty well anyway.
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  1. says

    Oh. My. Gosh. This is officially my new favorite blog! I think the little person in my head is related to Cheapy CHeaperton. I am going to do this project in my hous somewhere this week! Thanks!!

  2. says

    OMG!!!! I totally love this idea and am going to do this as well! I'm in the same "headboard dilemma" as you mentioned and I think these squares are just the thing I need. Thanks for the great inspiration!

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