A Diamond Tufted Headboard

It’s finally done.

I found this $20 headboard {talked down from $25} on Craigslist back at the end of September.

25 headboard 2

Our dear friends {the ones who helped us clean} took a drive out to Mt. Arlington with us – in the rain – to drag this home. I’m pretty sure everyone thought I was crazy. But it all paid off.


I turned this –

old headboard

Into this –

diamond tufted headboard

My diamond tufted masterpiece.

{Ignore the bedding. Remember my bedding indecision? Nothing new has been purchased. We’re making do with what we have for now.}

diamond tufted headboard

With 33 hand-covered buttons, this puppy took me FOREVER to finish.

deep button diamond tufts

wood framed deep button diamond tufting

Speaking of puppies, Bruce hopped up {on his own} and decided he needed to model for the camera.

Yes! Work it. Show me a pensive longing stare.


Quick! There’s a squirrel outside the window. You want it.


Yes. Love it. Good. Now turn and look back over your shoulder.


Now show me peaceful and cute; snuggling your toy.


Yah. Good. You’re totally working it.

cute dog on bed

I think he likes it. Or at least likes having his picture taken.

What about you? Do you like your picture taken?

And – HEY! What about this headboard?? Worth the wait? Or is does the dog steal the show?

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45 Responses to A Diamond Tufted Headboard

  1. Dad "A" says:

    Wow, Wow and Wow!
    Great job, Carrie. Beautiful and elegant.

    Well worth the wait.

  2. Leigh says:

    That it so awesome! Amazing job.

  3. caitieg says:

    i LOVE it! it looks so comfy too! also the wavy lines around the edge make it just quirky enough 🙂

    ps i gotta admit i love that bedding it’s so vibrant

  4. mary says:

    Oh Geez. That’s gorgeous.
    I’m so glad you didn’t give up.

  5. Wow!!! I love it! You had incredible insight to see that potential. It’s beautiful!

  6. that looks SOOOOOOO good!!! and i love the dog-oir pix

  7. Kate says:

    That looks AMAZING! You have a great eye to see that kind of potential in a craigslist headboard.

  8. ashlee says:

    looks absolutely beautiful! and of course, love the dog photos 🙂

  9. katie says:

    it looks so great!!! are you going to give us a tutorial too? the tufting is fantastic!

    and i hate covering buttons. with a passion. last time i tricked the husband into doing it for me cause i told him he could use a hammer and it was “manly”.

  10. WOW! I would have never expected that after result!! This turned out beyond amazing… I do hope we’ll get a how-to!!!

  11. MEA says:

    LURV!!! Its awesome. I love the wood outline and shape with the tufts! How good did checking that off the list feel?!?

  12. carrie – it’s SO fab! can’t wait for the how-to!

  13. DAYUM!!! My jaw is on the floor, that is the DIY to end all DIYs! I bow to your greatness. I could barely tell there was a dog in those pics, I just kept staring at that beautiful headboard. He is cute, though!

  14. Katrina says:

    looks great! I have been wondering if its possbile to do somthing like this! This turned out great – It looks like so much work

  15. Mom Liv says:

    Headboard is terrific ~ we’re captivated by the Bruce pix. Nice combination!

  16. Brandi says:

    The headboard is wonderful — it’s so old-fashioned glamorous. And Bruce? Really the perfect model.

  17. Oh, wow. You have some vision there. I would have looked right over the original headboard, but your DIY is amazing! How did you make the buttons? One of those sucky button making kits, or something better and easier? There’s a fabric shop in the town where I used to live that would make covered buttons for $1 each. I wonder if they still do that.

  18. Oh, wow. You have some vision there. I would have looked right over the original headboard, but your DIY is amazing! How did you make the buttons? One of those sucky button making kits, or something better and easier? There’s a fabric shop in the town where I used to live that would make covered buttons for $1 each. I wonder if they still do that.

  19. Kim says:

    Holy moley, girl. THIS IS AMAZING. The tufts are perfection. I’m bowing, bowing down to your amazing-ness. For reals.

  20. Aimee O. says:

    That looks amazing! do you have any instructions on how to do this DIY?

  21. Erin says:

    Beautiful! Worth the wait! Once again, you have proven how amazing you are! And the dog is pretty cute too!

  22. stephanie says:

    1. your pup is adorable
    2. GREAT job on the headboard! looks so professional. totally worth the sweat and tears put in to that one! 🙂

  23. ERic says:

    Great job. Looks great and what a transformation.

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  25. elizabeth says:

    It is lovely!!!! I think it was smart of you to wait and buy the bedding. Now that the headboard is finished you can truely get a feel of where you want to go (look wise) in your bedroom. You will find your bedding soon, I can feel it :).

  26. Jeannine says:

    I’m catching up on 400+ blog posts and just saw this. That is friggin fantastic!!! I bow down to your craftiness!

  27. wanderluster says:

    Now that IS a masterpiece! All your hard work paid off. It looks great!

  28. Meg Sewell says:

    Seriously, SERIOUSLY, you blew my mind! I mean, I can’t believe you were able to do that yourself! Not that you’re not amazing, but whoa.

    Have you thought more about the bedding? I’d love to see the final product. Although you could put a pleather sleeping bag on that bed and it would still be gorgeous with that headboard!

  29. Jamie Lee says:

    This is AMAZING!!! I just found your blog through Meg’s blog House Notes. I am completely in love with this project! Great job!

  30. Lacy says:

    I love it! Wish it was in my home right now! You must post a tutorial!

  31. Gorgeous! Wow you did a great job, I love it!!!!
    I want it!

  32. Great job! You should submit that to Design Sponge or someplace. I would’ve loved to see some pictures on how you did the fabric part of this project.

  33. All your comments are making me glow!!! Thank you thank you thank you! I appreciate each & every one of you for taking the time to comment. LOVE.

    Never fear! There will be SEVERAL tutorials coming. I’ve already posted how I retrofitted the wood frame and covered the buttons.

    In the coming week(s) there will be posts about how I actually did the tufting & put it all together. When it’s all up, I’ll update this post with all those links. And maybe I’ll even submit the project to Design*Sponge. Wouldn’t that be a hoot?!

    Thank you, again! Y’all rock my socks.

  34. Tania says:

    You crack me up!!! Your dog is so cute and yes, he really seemed to be posing and modeling for the camera! And that headboard… that’s to die for! I love it! I just picked up an old gold padded headboard at my local Goodwill for $14.00 and you have inspired me with your tufted headboard!


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  37. mrsben says:

    Kuddos to you for doing such a spectacular job! Am taking note of your instructions.

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  39. biobbi says:

    would like to see the viedo of how you did the diamond tufting on the headboard
    thanks bobbi

  40. felicia says:

    how many yards of fabric did you use?

  41. Kristopher Tryczak says:

    I’m an interior designer in Wisconsin. I don’t do a great deal of diy projects. But I have to say that this headboard turned out absolutely stunning. I love your creativity, keep it up.

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