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I used to have this beautiful, HEAVY, vintage mirror. One day last year, there was an accident, and the mirror broke.

I was left with this frame.

Frame

Frame

For awhile I kept it thinking, I’ll get another mirror for it. Then, I realized, I needed a headboard. Reincarnation awaited!

First, I had to choose fabric. A mid-week trip to get particle board for the back, and I was ready to build the headboard this weekend.

A quick rundown of the “ingredients”:

  • Frame
  • Particle Board / Backing
  • Foam / Padding
  • Fabric
  • Staples & Staple Gun
  • Nails
  • Hanging Equipment

Looking at the back, there were remnants of the original, disintegrating particle board to remove. It also gave me a chance to walk through the steps to reach my desired end.

Original (Disintegrating) Backing

Original (Disintegrating) Backing

First Particle Board Fitting

First Particle Board Fitting

Close Up, The Original Fittings

Close Up, The Original Fittings

Hardware

Hardware

Once the frame was prepared, I cut the padding to fit the space. Twice. The padding I purchased was fairly thin, so I’d purchased enough to double it.

Then I cut my fabric so it was long enough to wrap around the padding and staple-gun to the particle board.

Cut Fabric, Ready to Staple

Cut Fabric, Ready to Staple

Time to staple!

I’m going to admit something … I’ve never used a staple gun. A few years back, my mother gave me one to help me embrace the DIY attitude I was beginning to have. Though I took on plenty of DIY matters, such as hanging shelves and painting. I even constructed a bed (post to come). I still had never used the staple gun.

No time like the present to figure it out!

Prepping to Staple

Prepping to Staple

My First Few Staple-Gun Staples EVER!

My First Few Staple-Gun Staples EVER!

My Magnificent Staple-Gun

My Magnificent Staple-Gun

Phew.

All but the Sides.

All but the sides are stapled.

All Stapled Up

All Stapled Up

I finished stapling the sides, and it was time to nail the newly padded particle board with my chosen fabric to the mirror frame. This was much harder than I anticipated, and I hit my thumb more than once. Normally, I think I’m really adept with a hammer. Today, not so much.

Nailed to the Frame

Nailed to the Frame

My headboard is ready to go! It looks great, and I’m really proud of myself. Here’s what it looks like all finished. I’m going to have a friend help me hang it; it’s pretty heavy. I want to make sure we do it right. So I leaned it against the wall to give an idea of what it’ll look like when done and hung. YAY!

Ready to Be Hung

Ready to Be Hung

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The day had finally arrived. The day I had been dreading. The day I would pick fabric for my mirror turned headboard.

Late last year, a friend was cat sitting and broke my mirror. It wasn’t just any mirror. It was a massive, ancient, heavy-as-all-get-out mirror. Once I cleaned up the shards of mirror, I realized the frame could be reutilized as a headboard.

I measured it, it was PERFECT.

Another element to help my apartment feel like a home. Not just any home, my home. A home I built with my own two hands, even if I didn’t construct the walls, install the plumbing, or do any of the other stick-built stuff.

Great idea, make it a headboard. Only problem, I’m gonna have to pick fabric! Grrr.

A friend recommended Zarin Fabrics on Grand. I love P & S Fabrics on Broadway for knitting supplies, and I know they carry fabric (it’s in the name after all). And my beloved and trusted Apartment Therapy recommended Purl on Broome.

Here’s what I found at Zarin:

Option 1

Option 1

This is the first fabric I found that deserved capturing. Granted I forgot about it on the rest of my walk. I will say that having seen it again, I really like it. I am very much considering going back for a second look; maybe I should make the headboard fabric interchangeable…

Up next:

Option 2

Option

Another option:

Option 3

Option 3

Yet Another:

Option 4

Option 4

Finally, one last option:

Option 5

Option 5

Zarin was a gold mine. A gold mine of expensive options. Expensive by my taste and experience, certainly not by the standards of Manhattan where I understand you can purchase fabric at ABC Home for upwards of $200 / yd.

Off to P&S Fabrics on a wing and a prayer. Is that the right use of that phrase? Regardless, the prayer was that they would have a fabric equally or more memorable than the above fabrics.

No luck. I did find a solution to my “batting” issue for the headboard, excellent!

Thinking Purl was open as their website indicated, I walked up Broadway to Broome then cut over. When they weren’t, Happy Easter Sunday, I headed back to Zarin.

Here’s the fabric I picked:

Testing My Selection

Testing My Selection

They were wonderful. At that price, they should be.

Immediately I got home, I tested it in the frame. There’s a lot of work left to do, but mainly I have to figure out how to keep everything in place as they backing is falling apart…

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When I started what I thought was Apartment Therapy’s The Cure, I thought, ‘Well at least I won’t have to paint. I still love the color I painted my apartment when I moved in.”

HA!

Square that: HAHA!

Turns out, after looking at what I can only estimate has been THOUSANDS of pictures online or in books, I realized, “Oh crap! I want a different color scheme for my space.”

For years, my rooms were always relaxing colors: light blues, light purples. When I moved out on my own and into this space, I chose a solid yellow. Bright, but deep. Oh, Sunny Days, how you lit up my apartment the first year I was here.

Benjamin Moore's Sunny Days

Then I saw this space, and realized what my space was missing: sophistication.

Sophisticated Color Scheme with Color

Don’t get me wrong, Sunny Days has a lot to offer. Like any troubled relationship, I struggled to call it to an end. There are things about Sunny Days I continue to find attractive. And yet, something else was calling to me.

Then another color scheme caught me:

Stolen Inspiration

Yes! Yes! Yes!

Seeing a pattern?

Then I realized the yellow would be gone from my life, which saddened me. I suffer from separation anxiety. I wasn’t completely ready to end things. So I painted my kitchen. Yellow.

Painting in Progress

Final (but poorly lit) Yellow Kitchen

Now, before I bring in new furniture, build some pieces, and go any further … I’m going to paint my apartment’s main room. It also helps that I found a coupon for a free paint sample. Nothing like a expiration date to return my momentum.

What colors to pick, though?!?!

I brought home the freebie (all 2 oz.) and two quarts of mixed-just-for-me paints. Then I headed home, and threw them up on the walls to see what I liked.

Getting a photograph of them on my actual wall was too difficult a task for my camera and lighting options. Here are the colors straight from the Benjamin Moore site:

Schooner - The Front Runner

Schooner - The Front Runner

Mt. Rainier Gray

Mt. Rainier Gray

Metallic Silver

Metallic Silver

I was struggling with which walls to paint.

I knew one needed to be a luminescent white. Something to help enlarge the space. I’m thinking Benjamin Moore’s Gardenia, and I know one of the four walls that will be white.

There are three other walls.

Do I go with a bold color (Schooner), which probably means three white walls and one dramatic wall? Or do I paint two, maybe three, one of the lighter colors? Oh, the dilemma that’s facing me!

While I ponder, a few picture frames are down to provide enough space to test out the colors.

Your choice … weigh in on colors or wait and see what happens next. I have until this weekend to decide. I’d like to have this decision and the painting behind me by weekend end. (Is that even a thing? Weekend end?)

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