DIY / UPCYCLING: Mending My Toddler-Destroyed Headboard

27th September 2014
My DIY decoupage tips and ideas

I’m still astounded by the damage and chaos a tiny toddler can cause within a matter of minutes seconds.

Chunk was sitting on my bed quite peacefully and happily playing on his tablet and reading some books whilst I was hoovering the room, so I thought it was safe to run the hoover around the spare room opposite. BIG mistake.

I must have been literally two to three minutes tops as it’s a tiny room, and during that time he destroyed my leather headboard. To this day I still cannot work out what he used, as I ensure all sharp objects are put away up high as he tends to come and wake me up every morning and mess about in my bedroom for a while.

He managed to pierce large holes in random places on my white headboard my to my horror, and due to it’s material there was no way I could fix it. I tried gluing some material over the top that matched my dark purple walls, but the glue shone through and it looked rubbish.

After a little bit of thought (and tears) I had a quick search on E bay where I found some silver and purple backless buttons that were very cheap (Hong Kong I love you!) so I ordered a couple of bags.

I then bought some cheap super glue from the supermarket and over a couple of evenings I randomly stuck the buttons onto the headboard, covering the holes. After a couple of buttons were stuck on, I then managed to start doing it in a heart design (this was not planned I might add) and then as I put more buttons on I began to see the potential for wings, so made these too.

Et voila…

Upcycled decoupage headboard
Before, During & After My Upcycling Repair!

Part of me is tempted to do a little more to it around the corners and leading down the headboard, but at the moment I have far too many other DIY and decoupage projects planned for various rooms and furniture in my home, so it will have to wait!

What do you think? Have you managed to salvage any toddler destruction recently?

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  • Unknown

    6th October 2014 at 2:24 pm

    what a lovely idea, i think it looks great #mummymonday

  • Claire

    6th October 2014 at 9:09 pm

    thank you so much!!

  • Michelle

    8th October 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Oh no! Our little ones certainly do move quick when we are not around don't they? On the bright side I think you have done a lovely job 🙂 thanks for linking up #goldenoldies

  • glennamy

    2nd November 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Very clever, looks amazing…

  • Maya Russell

    19th November 2014 at 6:01 am

    Fabulous that you turned a disaster into something positive! Always look on the bright side of life. Looks like two doves and a heart or a heart with two wings. Lovely.

  • prwilson

    30th November 2014 at 12:57 am

    Excellent idea.

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