Turning a rental into a home: DIY headboard part 2

We don't have the option to paint in our rental, which is a shame. I had wonderful visions of a soft blue-grey color on the walls of our bedroom. Since we can't paint, I wanted to make a headboard that would become more of a focal point and hopefully take the eyes away from the boring walls.

Here's the headboard in all her glory:

Here's a close up of the tufting and the pattern of the fabric.

I picked up the burnt orange panels at TJ Maxx on clearance.
I painted on a blank canvas a couple of years ago and decided I still liked it enough to hang in our new room.
I really like how the headboard is a little taller than normal.
My dear husband installed a ceiling fan! It was totally worth it! We didn't have to rewire or anything crazy, so when we get ready to move out we will put their light fixture back in place.
Foam board (Lowes) $13
Shower curtain (Tuesday Morning) $20
Twin foam mattress (Walmart) $9
Button kits (Walmart) $2.50 ea.
Curtains (TJ Maxx) $8 ea.
Curtain rods (Hobby Lobby) $8 ea.

I'm linking this project to:
Between Naps on the Porch , Making the World Cuter, The DIY Show Off, The Persimmon Perch, Skip to My Lou, Keeping it Simple, A Soft Place to Land, Today's Creative Blog, Blue Cricket Design, Fireflies and Jellybeans, Beyond the Picket Fence, Remodelaholic, Tatertots and Jello

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  1. The headboard turned out great! You guys did an amazing job!

  2. i love it!! what a huge difference. I made a headboard like that when i was in college but I used wood and it was so so heavy! I definitely love the foam board idea! we're moving into our first rental in a couple weeks so keep up the great ideas!!

  3. great idea...we are moving next month i might have to give this a try!

  4. You did a great job and for a great total price.

    Fashion DIY Giveaway going on

  5. It's beautiful!! Great job!!!

  6. Great ideas! It's tough when you can't go wild on a space, and you had some good solutions.

  7. Love love love the headboard...and the fabric on that! I passed on an award to you! See the details here:


  8. beautiful!


  9. Very cute. That fabric is awesome. So beautiful. Great job!

    *I would love for you to check out my blog for a fun giveaway! alittleknickknack.blogspot.com. Have a wonderful day!

  10. I love the fabric you used! And I love the crosses above the headboard to tie in. you did such a great job!!

  11. WOW! It all looks great! Love the headboard!

  12. So pretty! Love the fabric choice! I also love that round mirror!

  13. I've been wanting to do a headboard - yours is inspiring me to try! Thanks. p.s. found you from Blue Cricket Design link party!

  14. I think I deleted my comment. Sorry !

    You did a fantastic job! I'm including it in my highlights. Thanks for sharing your creativity in the DIY Project Parade!


  15. just found this thru pinterest. how did you get it to stand up? the weight of the bed? did you attach it?


    1. Hi! We actually used picture hangers, but to be honest it didn't work very well because the piece of insulation was not very strong. We later made another headboard out of plywood and it is much sturdier -- that we hung with a french cleat.