Easy Peasy Custom Bed

We bought our bed last fall, back before we moved into our new house.  I found it at JC Penney Outlet for $200.  I had seen an extremely similar bed at Restoration Hardware for around $2,000, so $200 sounded really good to me. 
I loved how simple and classic it is -- and I still do, but with our color scheme in our room it's a little dark and heavy with nothing else in the room to balance it out.  I've been trying to figure out how to lighten it up, but didn't want to paint it. 
This is what I came up with:
I love the look of upholstered head- and footboards, and I really wanted to add a light fabric to soften things up.  Remember this fabric?  Well this is what I had in store for it! 
With the help of my husband, we traced the arches of the inserts onto craft paper and cut them out.  (Just like the crayon rubbings you used to do in school.)
We picked up some 1/8" plywood at Home Depot and cut it to size using our craft paper pattern.
I upholstered them with some batting and the new fabric.
And then used a few 3M velcro strips to attach it to the bed.  It's been up for a few weeks now and is holding just fine! 
We should be able to pull the strips off anytime if we decide to take the panels down.  I spent about $15 on fabric, $7 on the plywood, and $5 on 3M strips.  I had the batting from my ottoman project, so the total for this little makeover was about $27.  (Use a dropcloth or a sheet for fabric, and you'll save quite a bit!)
This really is a wonderfully easy, cheap project and it makes such a huge difference! 
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philben5 said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks absolutely amazing! Thanks for sharing.

McVal said... Best Blogger Tips

wOW! How creative is that!

NotAppealing said... Best Blogger Tips

That is awesome! I have a 4 poster with a square headboard, if it ever needs "softening up" I'm going to use this idea, it's great!

Erin said... Best Blogger Tips

pretty bed! and it looks even prettier now. good job!

Stephanie said... Best Blogger Tips

What a GREAT idea! And I love the "new" bed! :)

Miss Madison's Mommy said... Best Blogger Tips

how fabulous are you?????? i love it!!

Michelle said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks so great! Such a small change, but huge impact.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this-I've been trying to figure out how to do this to our bed for a few weeks now. I needed it to be changeable and this is perfect-thanks!:)

pk @ Room Remix said... Best Blogger Tips

So pretty! Really softens and lightens the bed. Great job!

pk @ Room Remix

Jenna said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! What a transformation! I love this!

Sarah Ann said... Best Blogger Tips

Great idea! Question though, did you find your BEDDING for $200 or your actual bed frame for $200? Because that would be a crazy good price if it was your bed!

Melissa said... Best Blogger Tips

That is awesome! I think I'm going to have to try it--and I LOVE that fabric! Might have to steal that idea,too!

Jen said... Best Blogger Tips

Bravo! You've done it again! Looks great! Love the color!

Heather said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks so good! Now I REALLY want to find a headboard for my bed!

Sarah @ Dream In Domestic said... Best Blogger Tips

Holy cow! It looks amazing! I love that it's not permanent and you could always change the fabric if you wanted. It seriously looks very high-end and gorgeous! I love the fabric you used, too.

Kimm at Reinvented said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful! I love that fabric. What a creative idea.

Living With Lindsay said... Best Blogger Tips

LOVE! And I love the velcro strip solution, too!

Kim said... Best Blogger Tips

What a clever girl! I love when people take something and make it all their own. It actually made the bed look very expensive. Great job!

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

That's amazing the difference that made. I don't even have a headboard or footboard bc I can't find just what I want. I finally decided to make my own upholstered headboard; but now can't decide which fabric to use!

cindy @ cottage instincts said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks amazing. And what a great tutorial...my wheels are spinning now.

Marigene said... Best Blogger Tips

Your bed looks fantastic! I like the idea of being able to put the panels on without them being permanent.

Sharon@Sharon at Home said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful. Love that it is not permanent.

Valerie said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so amazingly beautiful! I am filing this idea away at thecraftersfilebox.blogspot.com.

Thanks for sharing!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said... Best Blogger Tips

That is such a great idea - I love it!!

Ashley @ Decorating Obsessed said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks amazing! Great job.

Victoria said... Best Blogger Tips

Looks beautiful! What a great idea.

Rita @ TesoroFino.com said... Best Blogger Tips

Now that it's colder we can put our imagination to work indoors throughout the winter months. If this is any sign of what you'll be producing, I'll be back often!!

The DIY Show Off said... Best Blogger Tips

That is awesome! Now I'm wanting to redo my sleigh bed! ;) You're always so inspirational!

Love it!


Karli @ RockyBella said... Best Blogger Tips

That looks great! I've been thinking of doing that same thing to my bed, now seeing how it easy you make it look- I feel encouraged. Great job, it looks so great.

Infarrantly Creative said... Best Blogger Tips

OMG I totally love it. It totally lightened up and added a classic look to the bed. Beautiful Britt!

Anna Renee said... Best Blogger Tips

I can't begin to say how fantastic this idea looks. It totally transforms and makes the bed soooo elegant! It's totally gorgeous!

Justyn said... Best Blogger Tips

Brittany this is such a great idea! It really gives the bed a personal feel. I always knew you had great ideas and this blog is a fantastic idea. Miss you!! (looks like Pfeffer is enjoying the bed too!)

Embellished Bayou said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea, it looks fabulous! I've been wanting to do something similar to our bed, glad to know it can be done, thanks for sharing.

Chloe and Co. said... Best Blogger Tips

Great idea...looks wonderful!

Miss Mustard Seed said... Best Blogger Tips

Gorgeous job on this bed. You are awesome at thrifty, but stylish makeovers. You should post this to my Furniture Feature Friday link party and giveaway this week! Hope to see you there!

Claiming Our Space said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this idea. With one more bedroom to furnish, this opens up a whole new avenue for furniture possibilities.

The DIY Show Off said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW Britt! I love the upholstered panels! I love the colors, patterns and textures in your room. Your entire home is an inspiration to me.


RHONDA said... Best Blogger Tips

You need to have a show on HGTV. :) I've learned more from you (after stumbling upon your blog while googling for pendant lamps) than any show I've watched lately! Keep up the good work... keep posting and GOOD LUCK with the adoption. :)

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