DIY Crib to Headboard

I bought a new platform bed and knew I wanted to make my own headboard.  I was at Lowe’s with my mom one day and I was trying to figure out legs and particle board and everything else to use for a headboard. Let me tell you it was getting pretty expensive. Well luck would have it I have been saving Action Jackson’s crib for the past few years, rather my parents have been storing it for me.  It’s a dark sleigh style crib and my mom had the genius idea to use it as my headboard.  Well it works!   I had purchased 2 yards of natural linen to redo a couple of older chairs that were my grandparents. My mom was getting rid of their mattress pad and saved it for me to use foam (for ottoman, headboard, anything)

Here is what I did

I prepped and  painted the crib off white/ ivory. The original color is what is shown in the boxes.  I didn’t paint the squares since that is where the foam would be going.


I laid the foam on the squares and used medium heavy spray adhesive to help secure it.


I draped the linen over the foam and started stretching it and nailing it down with finishing nails around the edges to help secure the foam and linen.




Last step I got natural rope from Home Depot and did a double strand around the entire upholstered area.


I need to take a fair away picture. It is extremely comfortable.  Meaning I can lay against my headboard and not need pillows behind my head.. how amazing!

DIY Upholster Coffee Table/ Ottoman

Ok so this post and the next few I make are little bit different than what I usually post with. This is more of a DIY. A lot has changed over the course of almost 2 years in writing this blog. I became separated and moved Jackson and I from Miami to the panhandle of Florida where I am originally from.  With this move most of my stuff went into storage because I didn’t know what was gonna happen. Well once I finally figured it out and saved money, we moved into a new place. With out anything!  Well thankfully my mom had been keeping my old dining table that we had in Okinawa. This thing was extremely scratched and well honestly had seen better days. So what do I do know I need a ottoman/ coffee table and don’t have the extra money, I make it!  That’s what we do in this family. If you can’t afford something you make it, or if you just don’t want to get rid of something, repurpose it!

So here is how it went!

I went over to my Uncles workshop and had him help me cut down the legs.  Since it was a bar height table, we had to cut a good bit. Please make your own measurements depending on the height of the ottoman you want. I could still cut another 4 inches off mine, but I have began to like having my feet elevated.





This how the table looked after we cut it down and put it all together. It’s huge!






Next I laid an egg crate on top (twin worked for me, doing this as inexpensive as possible) You can add multiple layers, but I didn’t need it to cushy so it worked for me.



Next get your fabric and staple on one side.  Once you get your one side stapled stretch the fabric across tightly and staple. Do the same for the remaining sides.   I got my fabric from Joann’s and fell in love instantly. It’s a linen blend and feels amazing. 



TADAA!!!   I love this thing. Jackson even uses it as a play table which is ok by me too.  Extra seating, play space, prop your feet up and coffee table all in one!





Price for it all this:

Dining table – Free (already had)

Twin Egg crate – Target $5

Fabric – Joann’s 3 yards $32 ( used coupons and hit the right sale)

Staple gun w/ staples – $20

Total- $57 for a brand new ottoman!