We bought our bed last fall, back before we moved into our new house. I found it at JC Penney Outlet for $200. I had seen an extremely similar bed at Restoration Hardware for around $2,000, so $200 sounded really good to me.
I loved how simple and classic it is -- and I still do, but with our color scheme in our room it's a little dark and heavy with nothing else in the room to balance it out. I've been trying to figure out how to lighten it up, but didn't want to paint it.
This is what I came up with:
I love the look of upholstered head- and footboards, and I really wanted to add a light fabric to soften things up. Remember this fabric? Well this is what I had in store for it!
With the help of my husband, we traced the arches of the inserts onto craft paper and cut them out. (Just like the crayon rubbings you used to do in school.)
We picked up some 1/8" plywood at Home Depot and cut it to size using our craft paper pattern.
I upholstered them with some batting and the new fabric.
And then used a few 3M velcro strips to attach it to the bed. It's been up for a few weeks now and is holding just fine!
We should be able to pull the strips off anytime if we decide to take the panels down. I spent about $15 on fabric, $7 on the plywood, and $5 on 3M strips. I had the batting from my ottoman project, so the total for this little makeover was about $27. (Use a dropcloth or a sheet for fabric, and you'll save quite a bit!)