Friday, December 18, 2009

[ReDeemed] Christmas Link Party-Tutorial-Show off!

The biggest gift I've ever given...well, my first child arrived on Christmas Eve 1998, but I'm not really counting that!

Last year for Christmas my husband and I sent the big kids to grandma's house, and in 4 days redecorated 3 rooms (yes, in case you are wondering, I do know that was crazy!)

We gift wrapped the doors - I told you it was the biggest present!

Mydaughter is a diva-princess and she needed a room that better reflected that.  We started planning in September and loading things into the storage room.  One of the first things I found was this:

vintage gold king-sized headboard

I loved it, I splurged and spent $25.00 on it (remember, I like free much better!)
My mom had some vintage gold fabric that she had been saving for quite a while, and I convinced her to gift it to me :
Next, I took the bed from my son's room and made it over:

I took the bed apart, discarded the back, then spray-painted it gold to match the king-sized headboard.  Next I upholstered the end pieces, starting with a double layer of batting to camoflauge the iron railings.  I handstiched the batting in place to prevent bunching.

Next, I used the vintage gold upholstry fabric and sewed covers with my machine, placed them over the batting, then handstiched each end closed.
Then I tufted it with rhinestone buttons on both sides.  Here's what it looked like after:

(btw, the valance was free, thrown away by one of my mom's friends.  She rescued it from their trash!  It was UGLY purple, I recovered it with a remnant from Hobby Lobby, it was just BARELY big enough!)
The vintage headboard was missing one of it's inserts, so I made a third one with cardboard, padded all three with batting and upholstered them with the matching fabric, finishing them off with a rhinestone button too!
Next we hung the vintage headboard on the wall using L brackets.  Here's how it turned out:

I also took my favorite childhood slipper chair:

and made a slip cover using a stretch velvet dress:

And here's how that turned out:

chair with new desk from Walmart (eek - we ran out of time, I really wanted a vintage dresser set with a great round mirror, but couldn't find one that was affordable!), we omitted one shelf of the "baker's rack" top and inserted  beautiful vintage mirror.

we also spraypainted this yellow shelf

and used it as a TV stand

It was all worth it just to see her face:

After Christmas, I used my new Cricut (thank you hubby!) to personalize the IKEA Zebra print that was over her bed:

(btw - the "crown" at the top of the canopy - it's a vintage pot rack!)

It reads "Charm can mislead and beauty soon fades, the woman to be admired and praised is the woman who lives in the fear of God." from Proverbs

I was so proud of myself that I put it on HGTV's Rate Your Space website (that was before I started blogging again!)

Here's to your [ReDeemed] Christmas projects!  I would love to see them!  What did you recycle?  What did you repurpose?

How about a link party?


  1. Thank you! I'll try to post pics of my son's oom - it's cool too!

  2. That is one of the best makeovers I've seen in a long time. What a blessed little girl you have! That headboard is really Awesome! The fact that you found it for that price is amazing. I also love the Scripture, it's one of my favorite. Great job and thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays!

  3. You and your hubby are wonderful parents for doing that. The kids must have went nuts when they saw their wrapped door and what was inside. What a great Christmas that must have been and you both did an incredible job. I just love what you did and can't decide what my favorite is. I think it's the chair reupholstered with the dress! Amazing! Please stop by and see my Gorgeous Vintage Sterling Silver Set with a Bling Thing! You'll be glad you did. Oh, and please leave a comment; I get sooo excited each time a new comment is posted, like a kid in a candy store!


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