DIY Bedding Box

A few months ago I was given a very old and rather sorry-looking bedding box. Although slightly forlorn, I knew it wasn’t quite bin-worthy so I decided to give it a new lease of life, and at the same time create a home for my, ahem, rather large collection of wool. I knew just the girl to help me: Laura Capper of Laura’s Attic. As the home of furniture re-upholstery, Laura’s studio contains all sorts of tricks and tools for projects just like this one – such as a magnetic hammer, possibly the coolest invention ever? So over numerous cups of tea, she helped me primp and preen my bedding box into a thing of floral beauty. So here is a little DIY story for you today…

Poor old bedding box before its makeover…

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Little bit ragged around the edges…

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First we ripped off the lid covering and pulled out many rusty old nails, and I gave the box a good clean with soapy water…

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Then I painted on two coats of moss green paint, to match the fabric I had chosen for the lid of the box…

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Now on to the lid: we took off the rusty old hinges and chain…

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And I cut out a rectangle each of upholstery foam and wool batting, to fit on top of the lid…

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I used spray adhesive to stick the two layers on top of the lid…

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Then we positioned the lid on top of my chosen fabric…

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And I used a staple gun to secure the fabric all the way around, pulling the fabric taught…

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Then trimmed off the excess material…

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Next I used a glue gun to attach bias binding all the way around the edge of the lid (that neat corner, there? Yep, that was all Laura. It takes quite a bit of practice to get them that neat – and a good magnetic hammer…)

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Then I used the glue gun to attach my pom-pom trim – my favourite part!

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And it’s done – all apart from attaching new hinges and chain to the lid…

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I’m sorry to say that the box sat in my sewing room all over Christmas, waiting for its hinges and chain to be added. But this past week my boyfriend obliged…

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And my bedding box really is finished! Now, I wonder how much wool I can squash in there…

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4 thoughts on “DIY Bedding Box

  1. I love the transformation! The pattern and colour work really well together. (Plus the colour of your walls is lovely, too).

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