The Craigslist bed gets another makeover
As you might recall or can easily access through this crazy format called "blog", I bought a bed off Craig's for a hundo late in the summer of '16. It was strong and sturdy, from Crate and Barrel. Problem with said bed, it was early 2000's green stripe upholstery and had maybe been in use since this entire time. Not that it was destroyed, just very slightly distressed. I always have grand dreams and the dream for this babe was to turn that frame into channel back, front, around the world glory. It was not to be. As I have slightly more than zero upholstery skills but only slightly.
Time was of the essence the first day I reworked it. As things are when one's bedroom is completely dismantled and you have three kids and blah, blah, blah. Nothing like a deadline pushed through by a tired husband that wants to sleep in his bed. So when the upholstery would. not. come. off. I wrapped that baby in a blanket, it looked cute actually and made me very happy. I even got my first ever insta-regram from Ashley @biggerthanthethreeofus for #currenthomeview so I was kinda excited and thought I had touched on something. In retrospect the thing I touched on is the fact that my bedroom has great light, which makes even the worst iPhone photo look like pretty darn good. I have got to learn to use a "real" camera.
Fast forward 6 months and 6 kids (just kiddin' 3) and one sharpie. Craig's bed was looking funky. Def no longer bringing me the joy. Whichever the culprit, err artist, amongst my children, he hit the sheets too with beautiful black swirls, which made me feel a bit glum night after night, when I climbed in. I got those things from West Elm, not Craigslist and they were fereaking MONOGRAMMED. Bummer bed was bringing me down.
I (we) lived with the bummer bed for at least 6 weeks before I couldn't take it anymore. So I busted out my circa 2003 base model singer and staple gun and got busy. Again, fueled by a sleepy hubs I got it done in a day! A long, horrible, frustrating day. But so worth it. Like having a baby. JK love my babes more than my bed and all my other "stuffs", as evidenced by how they get to stay around even after they destroy. it. all.
Yes, I used that crap stapler and my hand hurt like hell the next day!
I wanted to give a tutorial on how I did it but I suck so bad at sewing, all I can say is I winged it and spent a lot of time frustrated. The rails were a piece of cake, I just pulled the velvet tight and stapled every couple inches rotating side to side every foot or so. For the Headboard and foot board, I laid the fabric across it, pinned it, tried to get it "just tight enough" I'm sure there is a trick to this but I don't know it. Here's my advice for reals, sew slow and straight! But seriously, this slipcovered look is the bees knees. If you really require more info drop me a line? Otherwise, just know anything is possible! Even if you think there is no way in hell you can pull it off.