26 April 2012

our creative space . . . 'faux bedhead reupholster magic'

Greetings all,
Ever wondered why you've NEVER seen a full photo of my bedroom??  I'm sure it's bothered you for years, a true Wonder of the World.  Because it's awful, truly, Army rental blah.  Starting with our bedhead, which has moved with us criss-crossing the country, 4 times in 10 years. 
Years ago our darling son drew a green alien on our once expensive upholstered bed head (it was part of a commission, he drew a matching green alien on the bedside table too) we rolled our eyes & deemed it 'a custom design one off original' from our expressive 2 year old . . . . so, at the time, i bought some Amy Butler fabric to cover the bedhead.  Fast forward some 6 years later . . . i had a bit of a my-husband-is-coming-home-from-war-he-can't-come-back-to-this-ugly-blah-bedhead-again trantrum, with myself, while making the bed earlier in the week.  I had our scrummy Sheridan vanilla sheets on the line & thought, bugger it, i'm doing the bedhead NOW. 
If you look closely, you can see where i removed a lipstick heart (art from a different child) creative little angels they are.  Oh & crap on the bedside tables, really, Babushka dolls on my husband's side - a bathroom magazine on mine, how did we ever build the passion to create 4 babies under such conditions??  It's all going, cleaning/ sorting/ styling tantrums are very productive.  I might even stomp my feet & fix that freaking missing blind!!
 So here goes nothing . . . as we plan to get a whole new bed eventually & Amy Butler fabric should never be used on a whim, i literally threw this entire faux upholster together in 10 minutes, with nappy pins.  All those years of cloth nappies, still paying dividends with old pins & cloths (in the garage).  All those years of not-getting-around-to-doing-this, wasted!!
 Da dah, i'm thrilled, it's just transformed the entire bedroom.  Oh special mention to our beloved woollen underlay, it's heavenly, we refer to our bed as 'the cloud', you can imagine how much my husband misses it - he's currently sleeping on an IKEA bunk with a burly soldier above him in a confined bunker.
 So i whipped the sheets fresh from the line & straight onto the bed.  Then i had to toss up which coloured slips - do i pinch the green Sheridan Pop ones currently on the boy's bed, homage to his choice of texta, or use the fresh orange ones i just laundered??  I went with orange, but i think next-bed-freshen-up . . . i'll go green.  Yes, my husband can't get enough of green of course, poor bloke.
 Doesn't that look inviting??  I literally dived into bed that night.
 For some bling, a Jimmy Possum cushion i picked up last week, $90 off, yay!!
So Creative Spacers, how did you enjoy that bedhead pick-me-up??  I'm redoing the lamps & bedside tables this week too.  We STILL have the same newly-wed-furniture & it could do with a sand & something . . . anything . . . i was at Uni when we married & my darling husband was a Lance Corporal, we had zero money, just love, bland-inexpensive-furniture it was & it's stood the test of time & taste, 15 years on, just not a 2 year old boy with a green texta!!  Love Posie
PS my enormous new Mac is here, but i can't work out photo resizing, my husband is doing his best with a Skype tutorials from Afghanistan, i don't know what i'm going to do when my children resume school next week, all my IT support gone, eek!!
PPS thanks for the beautiful ANZAC day messages, love you all, thoughtful folks!! 

21 comments:

Jen R said...

Thanks goodness you finally revealed your bedroom...lol..looks fab Posie I have alittle green and orange thing going on in my kitchen, Im sure Hubby cant wait to get back to 'your' bed with you xx

Jan-Maree said...

I am with Jen R - I strongly suspect that the decor in the bedroom will be Mr Posie's last concern when he comes home but having said that I think the new bedhead looks great and safety pins are a great way to go given the bed's numbered days!

Bron said...

Lovely job with great colours...we still have the in laws cast off side tables in our room after 24 years of marriage....some day I will get around to making them more glamorous.
Hope your day went well. x

LionessLady said...

Very retro colour choices. Love a girl who loves a good bed!

Nancy said...

Well Jen, I guess the Commonwealth agreed on the ugliest possible paint colours for PMQ housing! Same in all hemispheres! The headboard is awesome. And since it is a diaper pin special - when you get a new headboard - you should be able to recover that gorgeous fabric. I am with you - the green is bestest.

polkadotpeticoat said...

What a fabulous re-do......I love your little baby in the previous post!
I have been away from blogland for a while and I have been trying to catch up!

Fay said...

The bedhead looks great. Well done.

Jen said...

very nice :)

Samantha said...

Your bedhead looks fabulous, I love Amy Butler fabrics.x

NessaKnits said...

Love your new bed head! Thought of you and your soldier husband on Anzac Day! Hope he comes home soon!

The Provincial Homemaker said...

I love what you have done with the headboard - and great that you can reuse the fabric if you want to.

Miriam said...

Lovely work - I'm sure it will create a VERY welcome home atmosphere!

kelly said...

The colours are d.i.v.i.n.e...loved them....your. Clever lady MIss POsie :-))))

Pip said...

Clever girl, using safety pins and thus saving that gorgeous Amy Butler fabric for another use. The bedhead looks as if it is still in good nick, maybe when you have more time you could undo the original fabric and have a got at re-upholstering it.

Posie Patchwork said...

Ha, my husband just rang in & reminded me how much he loathes cushions on the bed, sorry Jimmy Possum, i might have to put you elsewhere, love Posie

Naomi said...

What a professional looking job! Colour me impressed.

Karla {Ironmum Karla} said...

Wowsers, your bed looks great,u such a big improvment but there is a grand incentive huh! I was thinking of you yesterday, so glad we have a special day to reflect!x

ClaireyHewitt said...

Wow, I quite like the green and orange together. Very funky.

Bungalowgirl said...

Superb effort with the nappy pins, that is my kind of rapid, have 1 hour sans children to do it makeover. Thanks for your comments recently, wanted you the know the awesome lolly coloured umbrella is actually from Bunnings ( in case you were wanting one yourself) and had been meaning to say that dresser you made over for your daughter with pink paint and wallpaper was AWESOME!I am doing a little toy hutch for my girl as we speak, so so fun. melx

The Accidental Housewife said...

I have the same moving - army rental problem! I solved mine with huge European pillows we just lean against the wall, but I like yours much better =)

The best bit... with nappy bins, couldn't you just whip the fabric off before moving next time, so the removalists don't stuff it, then put it back on at the other end? Just a thought!

Miss Cinti - my poppet said...

You can resize photos in preview x cinti