Navajo Quilt Progress and DIY Headboard Bedroom Ideas


Here’s a look at the quilt I have been working on this month. So far it has over a thousand pieces and its considered the most amazing thing Kyle has ever seen me make.  90% of the quilt is made from recycled materials that I found at thrift stores and have collected over the years.  If you’ve been following this blog you might notice something is a little bigger.  If Beyoncé has taught me one thing it is that you should upgrade from time to time and  as chance would have it I was able to get a terrific deal on a king.  Our tiny room could hardly handle a queen so you can see why pictured above all you can see is the bed.  Any way… we got upgraded and now I need to figure out what we are going to do for a bed frame.  I did a little search and here is what I turned up:

I thought this would be great if I had more room, but it seems like the kind of thing that would be really effective in a bachelorette pad.

This one is perfect in a Bridge to Terabithia kind of way.  I would spring for the birds nests and tree branches if we lived in an old warehouse far from nature, but it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense in our tiny little room with a garden just outside the window. Other than that I am fine with a little fantasy en la cama.

This one is hitting a little closer to home, however our house is so new that I feel there would be too much of a disconnect between the old of all the frames and closet doors and the modernes of our fixtures and windows.  And while I love the look, I want something more substantial, something I haven’t seen.

Or you can always get some old fence boards (or new ones and paint them to look old like the ones pictured above) and screw them into the wall.  Not a bad idea, but it doesn’t exactly fit our space or the direction I am going. Looks great in their bungalow and is worth checking out.

I want something warm and rough like the wood above, something inviting like the trap, but also really want it to complement the Navajo quilt and all the industrial elements that i am weaving into the downstairs and then I came across this:

It’s great right? A bed for me, one for Kyle, and one for Rocket.  Only one problem, I don’t know that i would do this with a king but I love how warm and industrial it is and then it dawned on me…

I have all these beautiful wooden spool tops sitting around waiting to be used.  They would be perfect for a bed frame, they are heavy so I know as long as I connect them well they won’t shift around or break apart.  They are warm, industrial, and have a that round edge that would help sweeten up the reality of what it is.  I love the blue text with the room and it would be so simple to cut them down with a circular saw and a new blade. 

This would be the general shape I am going for.  I am not sure if I would want a foot board in this room, but I am tempted to make on just in case we wanted one later.  My goal is to get it done in November so check in and see how it is going.

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About Pepper

Being someone who is actively searching for ways to make what I have better I thought it would be useful to share my talents and discoveries with anyone who is interested. So much of what I do is made from things that are easy to access and are perfect projects to spice up a weekend. In the words of Bernice Fitz-Gibbens "Creativity often consists of merely turning up what is already there." I hope that you will join me each weekend for a little inspiration and fun.
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3 Responses to Navajo Quilt Progress and DIY Headboard Bedroom Ideas

  1. germanymarie says:

    a- I love the ‘bachelorette pad’ comment, it’s perfect and I wish I’d thought of it!!

    b- What about just hanging the spools in that general arrangement on the wall behind your bed, like a floating headboard/work of art? I once painted a Rothko homage as a ‘headboard’ above a queen bed, it was a dark grey floating rectangle on my dark red wall, and that was excellent. I love the old window shudders as well, but agree that they might be too ‘old’ for a new house!!

    c- the dog is HUGE!!!

    • Pepper says:

      ha ha, thanks! I knew someone would like that. It was my first thought when I saw the trap. Yes, Rocket is huge! and still growing. I also thought about not cutting the spool, but truth is, I have 7 of them and they are almost 5′ tall and I need to cut it down to fit under the window. If I lived in the H&H I would get crazy wild ideas. Lucky for me I have these energy efficient 7.5′ tall ceilings to keep me grounded.

  2. Leana says:

    Wow! That’s cool. I mean everything! Your quilt, the bed, the headboard ideas. We need one too, so I’m looking for something to DIY myself:) Thanks for sharing.

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