Finished headboard

The prompt for 365 photos on Saturday was Surrounded By. With all the strife going on in the world, I took a picture of this bumper sticker that we have. This is what I wish we were all surrounded by:

Seems naive and just wishful thinking. I am still wishing, though.

We managed to churn out some projects this week. I finally finished the headboard earlier this week. Finally!  I had to put some legs on it. Since we have those cement walls, I didn’t want to try to anchor the headboard to the walls alone. So, I cut a couple 2×4 and made some legs, which I attached with braces. L braces on the sides:


T bracket on the back:


Voila – leg braces. Note, I covered the doorknob/lock holes with a thin piece of wood. They were very rough and splintery and will be behind our heads, so I covered them up.


And in place:


We have a queen size bed and this headboard would fit a king (It’s fit for a king!!) We need to get a new mattress and might talk to the mattress people and see if it would be possible to get a king size mattress up our stairs. We have a split box spring, but the queen mattress was a tight squeeze, so I don’t know if it’s possible. Anyway, I like having a headboard now. Feels more like an official bedroom 😀  Next up is new bedding. Some day.

Sunday was just beautiful weather and we were able to get out for a ride!  Me and my riding partner:


Goobers. We are goobers.

It felt great to be outside. 50s still feels pretty warm for riding, especially since they have been lasting for a long time this fall and you get acclimated to riding colder.  We even had to drop jackets part way through the ride:


Showing off my pink again! This jacket glows.

I am almost done with my curtains in the living room. The project started in September… I was stuck for the longest time trying to sew them. When John’s parents came out in October, his mother saved my bacon and hand sewed the panels together for me! I am so thankful for that. I sewed the top rod pocket and the curtains are hung up now. I just need to hem the bottoms to length. I’ll show a picture of those soon.

We had a delay on the sink in the basement. We had to order parts for the faucet and wouldn’t you know they sent the wrong ones. Now we have to wait for them to ship new parts. Of course, these aren’t parts we could find locally. Always a delay. Anyway – that pushed the bathroom part of the project along faster.  That’s been John’s project for the most part. He really went to town on it and that means I have to do my project of a new vanity a lot faster. We are going to take the sink and toilet from our first floor powder room and move them to the basement and redo the first floor.  This is my sewing cabinet for the vanity:


I had to remove this sewing machine from it to get a usable cabinet:


It wasn’t that hard, actually, and I will be listing this in my vintage groups to see if someone wants the machine. Now to work on the finish and get a vessel sink and faucet. This project really excites me. I think it is going to look cool. The upstairs bath won’t take that long to do (relatively speaking) with new flooring, paint and new fixtures.  We probably will try to get that done before our annual Christmas Eve dinner.

Still busy as ever. Working on top of getting my soap business up and running (a couple more weeks on that). I seriously have a problem LOL.

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22 thoughts on “Finished headboard

    1. Lori Post author

      I did antique the headboard, but it’s subtle and not sure I love it because it looks maybe dirty, but I can change that if it bothers me. I’m just glad to be done!

    1. Lori Post author

      It’s so exciting to be riding in November. It’s more likely than not to be very close to the end, but with the treadmill inside I can wait as long as I want to bring the bike in.

  1. Helen

    Old house regret: can’t have a King Size bed. We’re right there with you. We had to buy a split box for our Queen the day we moved in. I dream of living in a ranch with no stairs lol!

    Your headboard looks fabulous. Nice how it sort of finishes the room too.

    Oh, and I always think my life is hectic and busy until I read about yours 😀
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    1. Lori Post author

      We used to live in a ranch and had a king size bed. Actually, it was a king size waterbed! It was huge LOL!

      I make my own hecticness, so I don’t have anyone to blame but myself 🙂

  2. debby

    I love the way the door/headboard looks! I couldn’t imagine it when you were working on it. And the November rides!! Now, will they be able to have a Thanksgiving ride??
    debby´s last blog post ..What is Normal?

    1. Lori Post author

      Temps are going to be dropping after this week. I have never ridden outside in December, but Thanksgiving weekend one time. We shall see. 😀

  3. Kate

    I also love the headboard. Great job and the vanity sink looks gorgeous too. I aspire to your creative craftiness!!

  4. Kathy W.

    The headboard looks like one you’d pay $500 for online! It’s so motivating to see you start and finish a bunch of great projects, all while doing a job that I’m sure makes you crazy at times.

    1. Lori Post author

      The project cost about $50 or $60 after all is said and done, so not bad for a headboard! 😀

      I have waaaay too many projects lined up right now. Stupid work and paying bills and all that.

  5. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    I’ve been way too excited to see the final headboard and it looks just as good as I thought it would! Fantastic find – the door is just perfect with the panels and I doubt anyone would even know it had been a door before.

    Also love the glowing pink jacket. What are your 2015 biking miles up to now?
    Ali @ Peaches and Football´s last blog post ..Just a Few More Hours

  6. Jody - Fit at 57

    LOve all your home projects – so talented!!!! And yahoo for more outside riding!

    I have a cabinet just like that sewing machine one from my grandmother but I think it is older. Do you know how old that is? I will take a pic & send to you soon just out of curiosity since you know more about antiques than I do. 🙂

    AND YES! Stop the hate!
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