Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Faux Headboard in Five
Ok, I understand that maybe traveling the world is a lofty goal. And that really I refuse to buy furniture because I am afraid that if I buy some I will have made some sort of undeniable commitment to this place which is, at times, the most beautiful place on the planet, and, at times, is a cold, wet, dark isolated place that I detest (hey, it can't be perfect all the time).
So, how do I resolve these life decisions? By putting them off. I simply fake my furniture until such a time comes that I break down and buy an Ikea shipment that is twice as much because all the shipping it costs to send to the middle of nowhere, or just buy something from the local stores which is outdated and tacky.
How can a person fake furniture? With fabric and scissors! So fun. Keep reading after the jump to see my solution for an apartment-worthy, cheap and easy headboard that won't break the bank!
I learned this trick when creating sets for theatre 10 years ago. On stage we used wheat paste and muslin to seam together flats to create walls and the like. Wheat paste is a gooey mess and takes a lot to mix properly, but luckily you can get the same results from liquid starch which is pre-mixed and has a nice smooth texture. Whew.
The VERY BEST PART of this trick is that when you're done just peel it off the wall. It shouldn't leave anything on the wall at all! If anything you may need to wipe down the wall with a damp cloth to clean off all the starch. TOTALLY BRILLIANT. I want to see all your faux furniture next!!