shutter makeover + new mattress

*Pardon the side-ways before picture]
I mentioned several months ago that I was working on redoing my headboard. And although I finished it weeks ago, I am just now getting around to posting the before and after photographs. The before picture was actually taken years ago. But you get the idea, right? I am so happy with the result. My style has changed quite a bit over the last few years, and although I still love shutters, I just felt the need to move on. I like the idea, though, that when I feel the urge to uncover the shutters again, they are still in tact underneath a few layers of batting and fabric. I would like to now take a rabbit-trail and tell you how naughty my Cal-baby is....... Yes, the beautiful monogrammed shams in the top picture no-longer exist because of her. [Well one survived, but what good is one?] Also, if you notice in the picture below, there are holes in my blanket as well as a sewn-up spot on our down comforter. Needless to say, Cali has lost many privileges as of late. It's like fabric is her nemesis. And I know, I. know., she knows what she is doing. She is naughty and needs to act her age. Okay, done rabbit-trailing. I still love you Cali.
I also want to say how completely thankful we are for our new mattress, given to us yesterday by friends. Anything would have been better than our old mattress, but this new mattress is the definition of comfort. Our old mattress was hilarious. Steve and I would literally get the giggles over it sometimes. Especially when I was pregnant. Actually, it wasn't funny then, but it is now.
I could only sleep on the left side of the bed, otherwise I would automatically roll to the middle because of the slope of our mattress. I'm certain that my weight-gain during pregnancy only aided the situation;-)

Speaking of giggles, I woke up in the middle of the night to my husband tickling me.
In his sleep.
And then of course, he thought I was completely insane when I informed him so.
*giggle, giggle.

I just want to say that God is so good. I am thankful for how He helped me during this little project + makeover. I didn't want to waste money, yet I had never recovered shutters before nor had I ever made a bed-skirt. Before I sat down to sew, I just asked God to help me not completely ruin or waste my fabric. Now, that's not to say that I didn't have a few times of ripping out the stitches and starting over, but God did answer my prayer of "help Lord".

I'm learning that God is still the God that cares about little details like shutter make-overs, bed-skirts, and sloped mattresses. And I have to say, it's been a lovely, lovely journey.


  1. looks gorgeous! I wish you lived by me so I could hire you. :)
    beautiful job!

  2. wow. very very pretty! i have the same "s" as your smaller "b" but can never just leave things. its decopauged now, but i'm loving the simple clean look of yours. your room is very crisp, clean, and inviting! So, when will we see your little man's room??? i can't wait!

  3. thanks friends! you are very, very kind.....

    It was fun to cross this off of my to-do list! ;-)

    Beth, I think I saw your 'S' and thought, "wow, mine seems so boring compared to Beth's!" ;-) I do like the plainness too....I just can't decide. Here is the link to pictures of Graeme's room,

    I think I posted them right around the time when your husband was so sick, so you probably missed it. I'm so glad to hear that he is doing better!!!

  4. Very cute Friend! Love it and also totally love the converse shoes!
    Julie :)

  5. Anonymous8:56 AM

    Funny about your old mattress! It reminds me of when Seth & I were newlyweds and our first week in our new apartment, we had to sleep on an Eddie Bauer air mattress that was brand-new but got a hole in it after 2 days!? So we would wake up in the middle of the night, in the middle of the bed, smooshed together and since I was a little lighter (thankfully), Seth usually slept great and I didn't sleep AT ALL because he was flat in the middle and I was leaned against him. Good times!

  6. Anonymous8:57 AM

    Oh! And the headboard and your room are gorgeous!

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