DIY – Chevron Headboard

This post is long overdue but due nonetheless! Finding spare time for projects lately has been few and far between. But the couple that I’ve managed to squeeze in have been nothing but creatively satisfying. Looking forward to sharing a few other DIY projects soon, but to start here’s a little how-to on my chevron headboard!

If you’re anything like me you have a slightly problematic addiction to anything West Elm with a budget that does not have the same enthusiastic capacity. I recently set my sights on the Alexa Reclaimed Wood Bed – my heart was telling me YES, but my mind (and bank account after moving into a new studio) was saying no no no! So I took the ever faithful Home Depot to create my own custom rendition.

Supplies Needed:

  • Wood Planks – (I used 1×4″ salvaged Alder)
  • 2- 2×4″ Wood Planks
  • Plywood Board
  • Wood Edging
  • Wood Stain – (I used Minwax)
  • Clear Sealant
  • Wood Glue
  • Nail Gun & Nails
  • Miter Saw/Skill Saw

How To:

Start with a sheet of plywood for your desired size matching your bed. My bed is a Queen, and since I wanted it a bit taller I made it about 62″x 39″. Next find the center of your plywood and draw a line down the center (dividing your board in 1/2). Take your wood planks, cut down longer than the size from the center line over the edge of your plywood. Each wood piece should be cut down at a 45 degree angle & lined up on the center of your board. I recommend starting from the middle of your plywood and working your way out to the edges. Continue until you’ve filled every inch of your plywood. Once you’ve cut all your pieces down use your miter saw (or skill saw) to trim the edges of you’re 1×4″ boards to match the edge of your plywood. (See image below)


This is most certainly the longest part! Once the steps above are complete use your glue & nail gun to secure the wood planks onto the plywood. Don’t be shy! You want to make sure all your planks stay in place. After you’ve secured your boards it’s time to get out the wood stain! This is where you get to be creative! I love to use wood stain because it brings out the natural elements in each piece of wood. Depending on your style, each stain can bring an added warmth and variation to your space. I decided to go a bit on the darker side, I used Minwax Provincial on the whole base, and Minwax Ebony on the corner edges. Using this combination gave the wood a bit of a dark ombre look.


Make sure to use the same stain for your edging pieces as well. Once the stain is dry, wrap your edging around the wood and use your nail gun and glue to secure it again. Get excited you’re almost done! After the main part of your headboard is done secure your 2×4″ planks on the back to allow it a base to stand on. I measured the frame of my bed where the attachment pieces are and spaced the planks to match. This way I’d be able to line up and secure the headboard directly to the bed.


And that’s it! As long as you have the tools, your all in price is only the cost of your wood and stain.

Stay tuned for more wood patterned projects coming soon!

(I shortly changed my wall color after the above picture was taken – the below walls use Behr- Cracked Pepper paint!)

How to make your small space hip & livable

I was asked recently by one of my super stylish & smart coworkers how she could give her itty bitty space some va va voom. Of course my design mind immediately blossomed with new ideas, but I quickly remembered that visual imagery often serves better than description. So here it is! A quick 3 step guide on how to stylishly spruce up that small space while keeping it clean & livable.

# 1: Pick your theme!

(Figure out your style, choose a color swatch, add texture & pops of pattern)

The key to styling a small space is minimalism & optimizing organization to the fullest. First things first, pick a theme! Figure out your style, whatever that might be, and choose a solid base of colors. Creating a cohesive look through color and decor will give your small space an equal flow.

Ask yourself: What’s your style? There are plenty of resources available online if you’re not quite sure what your that may be, or if you need some general inspiration! I’m a HUGE Pinterest fan, but plenty of other decor based companies have lots of great inspirational suggestions. Try looking at Ikea if you tend to steer more clean lined & modern, places like Urban Outfitters can help bring out your inner Boho, Hobby Lobby can serve as an amazing resource for fair priced farmhouse decor, if you may be a mix of both rustic & modern try getting some inspiration from West Elm as well!

Once you’ve decided on your style, now its time to choose your colors! I recommend choosing a lighter neutral base, and about 2-3 additional color pops at most. Keeping your base color light & neutral will give your small space a more open feel and also provide versatility for the future. Color swatches are a great way to see how different collaborations of colors look together. They also will help keep your color scheme on track when shopping around for new accessories.

When bringing in new accessories surround yourself with a variety of solids, textures, and patters. This will help bring your space versatility and keep the eye intrigued. Also, consider bringing in some foliage! No matter if you’re in an apartment, a loft, or a single studio – bringing in some greenery will help bring life into your space and also has a variety of health benefits! Such as helping you breath easier, purifying the air and improving overall health. If a green thumb isn’t within your typical skill set, consider looking into some hearty, low maintenance options such as succulents or air plants.

#2 : Work with what you got

(Utilize every corner & spare space)

Just because your redesigning your small space, doesn’t mean the only way to make a difference is to tear down walls, or renovate to replace. There’s a plethora of options right at your fingertips, you just need to look past the obvious and into the possibilities! A spare wall next to your front door could be a mini mud room, or the space between your kitchen cabinets & the ceiling could be untapped storage. If you’re in a studio and are looking to create a bedroom of sorts, consider adding a curtain for some removable privacy, or a bookshelf next to the bed for stand in library barricade. You could even create dual functions for furniture to give yourself both easy living & entertainment options. Get creative!

#3: Optimize Storage

(Keep & stay organized)

One of the most important parts to keeping your small space livable is keeping it organized and getting crafty creative with your organizational accessories! Some of the best spaces to utilize are the backsides of doors & cabinets, corners where walls meet, and underneath existing furniture. Check out below  for some ideas on how to hack organization to the fullest!

And now for step #4…oh wait I said there were only 3 right?? That’s because the last step is to back away from the computer & start redesigning! Your small space awaits!


DIY Backyard Pallet Furniture

Hi Everyone!

After a short hiatus we’re back! A lot’s happened since the Swanson’s tied the knot and it took quite a bit of time to get back into the groove. We so appreciate everyone who’s stuck with us through this short break! We’ve got lots of fun things in the works for the future, so let’s get it started with some fun summer projects!

DIY – Backyard Pallet Furniture on a Budget:

With summer in full swing we needed to get it together and create an outdoor space to enjoy the weather. With patio furniture being WAY out of budget, we decided to make our own! And what better way than to utilize pallets. They’re cheap, easy to work with and if something doesn’t work out then you have wood to use for any future projects as well.

To start we collected as MANY pallets as we could find! You can ask warehouses, Home Depot, hunt them down in Mall dump areas and anywhere else that orders products in bulk. We used a total of 13 Pallets for this project. We were fortunate enough to get most all of them in pretty good condition and the same size.


After gathering the pallets we experimented around to decide on the layout we wanted. We decided on 3 separate chairs & one middle table. (We pushed two of the chairs together in the picture below to make a large couch. This way we could pull it apart to separate it if we wanted.) We ended up using a total of 4 pallets per couch. 3 for the base, and one for the back. In the picture below we show 5, but we ended up moving two of the pallets from the couch layout onto the single chair.


Next we needed to put together our table. We used the largest pallet that had the wood slats closest together. All we needed to do was add the legs! We went to Home Depot and got one square post of wood in the thickness that we wanted and had them cut it down to 4 individual 7″ pieces. (We guestimated a lot on the height but it ended up working out!)

After getting the layout figured then came the color. We used Minwax – Provincial. I’ve tried a variety of stains but Minwax had remained to be my favorite. The colors soak into the wood really well and the can’s aren’t too pricy. It took us a total of 3 cans to stain all the pallets. We stained the front and back of most all the pallets, except for the bottom pieces. Those we just did the wood that was visible…block out a good portion of your day cause this takes some time!


Once we finished staining & set the wood back up in its formation we attached the pallets together. We used a combination of flat & L shape galvanized brackets to attach the bottom & back pieces. You’ll need quite a few L shaped brackets on the inside. The amount of brackets you’ll  need will vary depending on the type of pallets you use, and how many pieces you end up attaching. Just make sure its sturdy!


After we finished attaching the wood together it was time to put on the finishing touches! We got our outdoor pillows from TJ Maxx, Marshall’s and Pottery Barn. Our decorative accessories on the table are from mostly World Market. The nice thing about having wood pallets is they can fit any style and match any color! We went for a tropical beach look.

For the cushions: This was the trickiest part since I didn’t want to have to sew the cushions myself. There’s a variety of options since these will most likely have to be custom made. Luckily we have a family member that loves to sew, so we just got her some 4″ dense foam and outdoor fabric and voila! You can also find custom cushions on Etsy, by visiting your local fabric shop or even shopping around at outdoor furniture stores that sell cushions separately.



The cost was super low on this project since the pallets were found, $Free.99 is definitely a favorite! We only had to pay for the stain, brackets, and wood for the table legs. Taking the decor out of the price factor this projects was well under $100. For anyone interested in the painted wood wall art, we’ll have a tutorial for that coming soon! Feel free to send us any questions and comments! Happy DIYing 🙂


Sugar & Cypress