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DIY: Colette Upholstered Bed!

  1. Hamptontoes

    August 24th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Isn't your husband just the sweetest one? He's always going along with your ideas! The bed looks great. Great team work!


    August 24th, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    super tute! Your bed looks great, and I love how frugal you are!
    way to go!

  3. Karena

    August 24th, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    I am so impressed!! Your bed looks fabulous and the pillows are perfect with the wallcovering!

    Art by Karena

  4. Kimmy

    August 24th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    That looks great! (and has also reinforced in my mind, that I need a jigsaw)

  5. Rachel

    August 24th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Looks great!! My husband and I made an upolstered head board ourselves this month too. You can check it out here…

  6. Kate@TwentySixToLife

    August 24th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Wow! This looks great!

  7. Scientific Housewife

    August 24th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Wow, you are amazing! It looks great!

  8. Kristen

    August 24th, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    loooove it! and yes, it is wonderful that your husband helps you πŸ™‚

  9. sherry

    August 24th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Holy Smokes! I will be the first one at your door with a casserole if anything should ever happen to you! [just kidding]. Your husband rocks!

  10. Jade @ Flip Flops + Pearls Design

    August 24th, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    You have a saint for a husband!! The bed looks AMAZING!!!

  11. alanna rose

    August 24th, 2010 at 1:24 pm


    Excellent job πŸ™‚

  12. Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy

    August 24th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Wow, I can't believe you took this project on! Now all I need is a cute little handyman husband and I'm all set to go!

  13. Liz @ It's Great To Be Home

    August 24th, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Gorgeous! (And I agree, your husband definitely deserves an award!!) πŸ™‚

  14. Jennifer

    August 24th, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    ya'll are SO crafty! it seriously looks awesome, Camilla! and the price difference says it ALL — hooray DIY!

  15. Janell @ Isabella and Max

    August 24th, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Wow, fabulous job! And adore the wallpaper!!!! Janell

  16. Flavia @ Estilo Home

    August 24th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    You two make such an amazing team! The bed looks like a look of work to do but it looks so great! I am very impressed.

  17. Haven and Home

    August 24th, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Camila look at you!!!! I think your Hubby wins the "Husband of the year award" for sure. LOOKS GREAT!!!!

  18. Splendid Sass

    August 24th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Y'all did a great job! the bed looks just lie the Crate and Barrel bed.

  19. Stephanie Sabbe

    August 24th, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    love love love it!

  20. K Dot

    August 24th, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I also made my own DIY Colette. Check it out. Do you plan to add nail heads?

  21. Sa-Sea Boutique

    August 24th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I can't even tell you how much I LOVE this!!!!!!!! I have been dying to make a fabric headboard, but wanted more of a "master bedroom feel". THIS IS IT!!!!!!

  22. Erika at BluLabel Bungalow

    August 24th, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Speechless! Jon is the best of both worlds; hot hubbs AND handy with the tools. Fabulous job Camila and I just can't get over the wallpaper. Tres chic!

  23. DesignTies

    August 24th, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Good job!! And way better than spending $1600 to buy a bed!!

    Hubby and I designed and made our own upholstered bed too πŸ™‚ It was surprisingly easy — I say this as the project suprvisor πŸ˜‰ — and it came out great!! And it's much more comfortable than the store-bought bed we had before.


  24. casey at loft and cottage

    August 24th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    Absolutely awesome! I'm diy-ing a bed for a client soon and will be sure to share–you are an inspiration! BTW where did you get your inexpensive linen?

  25. LindsB

    August 24th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    omg, I'm obsessed!! I want one now!! Wanna trade your husband for my fiance for the weekend?? I promise to give him back in one piece, even after he's finished with my list of projects I need him to do πŸ™‚

    LOVE this!! I think its one of your best projects yet!

  26. cassie @ hi sugarplum!

    August 24th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    You guys blow me away! Amazing…and so fun that you tackle the projects together. that bed is gorgeous!

    xoxo, cass

  27. Amber

    August 24th, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I have been coveting that bed too! That looks amazing! Thanks for the detailed tutorial!

  28. Kate {domestikatedlife}

    August 24th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Quite the project, I love the final result!

    Your blog is dangerous — everytime I read a new DIY post it makes me want to head to Home Depot and buy more powertools!

  29. Centsational Girl

    August 24th, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Fantastic step-by-step Camila ! Love the final result, bravo!

  30. Bromeliad

    August 24th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    YOu are some kind of amazing.

  31. Nikki

    August 24th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Oh my gosh! That turned out amazing! Where did you get the feet? What a Husband. Want to trade? Just for the weekend. Mine is an electrician so feel free to put him to work.

  32. Mrs. Chic

    August 24th, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    It looks amazing – what a great project to work on with your husband!!

    Looks so amazing

  33. High-Heeled Foot in the door

    August 24th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    Thanks for all the sweet comments. Jon's is going to love all of the love coming his way. He is in for a surprise when he checks out the blog.

    The linen was purchased at a discount fabric place nearby. They don't have an online store. I don't always find what I need there, but for neutral fabrics I normally have my pick.

    The legs were purchased at Home Depot. They are in their lumbar section we had about 4 different styles to pick from.

    While the Colette bed has nail head trim we decided to do without it. With the busy wallpape and more pattern that we will be adding with fabric we wanted to keep the bed super classic and simple. It can be added on later if we want.

  34. Briar Oak

    August 24th, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Wow, what an incredible project. Your finished bed looks amazing! I love that you upholstered the box frame, too. It looks like it is from Crate & Barrel. I am impressed, I can't even upholster a simple chair seat!

  35. Mackenzie {Design Darling}

    August 24th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    You are a genius and your husband sounds like a sweetheart. Bravo!!!

  36. Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage

    August 24th, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    WOW! Now that's what I'm talking about. Make it yourself!

  37. Sweet Nothings

    August 24th, 2010 at 4:52 pm


  38. Julie

    August 24th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    That last photo is KILLER! Fabulous job!

  39. LiveLikeYou

    August 24th, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Another fantastic DYI!!! So impressed. Where can I buy the helpful,handy husband???

  40. Sofia Censoprano

    August 24th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    This was awesome! My next project is a headboard, but you took this to the extreme! Perhaps I'll have the guts to attempt this in the future. Cheers!

  41. jenna @ alittlebleu

    August 24th, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    amazing! and your lucky to have a very handy hubby πŸ™‚

  42. diane@onlinefabricstore

    August 24th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    Can I borrow Jon for just a couple of weekends? I'm sure he would enjoy a trip to San Diego. Nicely done guys

  43. Danielle Sigwalt

    August 24th, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    And you know what…it is probably so much better made than the bed from C&B…great job!!

  44. Hello Lover...

    August 24th, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    Umm I have been obsessing over this bed for a year now! This is awesome – there was someone on decorpad who did an amazing diy but her husband didn't and she wasn't super sure how. I even did a post including this bed yesterday – I think I am definitely going to have to put my husband to work on this one!

  45. Katie

    August 24th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    thank you thank you thank you! i really want the tate bed from c&b and decided long ago that the only way i'd get one is if i made it myself. i've been looking at various directions and tutorials online but this is much more similar to what i was thinking. it looks fantastic!

  46. liz @ bon temps beignet

    August 24th, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    AMAZING! And it's funny you mention bringing another woman named Colette into your bedroom. Dont ask me how I know this but there's a swingers club in New Orleans called "Colette"… what a coincidence.

  47. paula

    August 25th, 2010 at 1:06 am

    wow. looks fabulous. you have one handy and willing man there.

  48. Danielle Oakey Interiors

    August 25th, 2010 at 1:10 am

    What an awesome diy project. Looks beautiful!

  49. Abbie

    August 25th, 2010 at 1:12 am

    Seriously. You two rocked this project!! It looks freaking awesome.

  50. my favorite and my best

    August 25th, 2010 at 2:08 am

    holy shit you made a fucking bed!!!!!!!!!

    as great as the bed is it is still super hard to look past that gorgeous wallpaper.

  51. Michelle

    August 25th, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Fabulous!!just fab. Good for you!

  52. Jacquelyn

    August 25th, 2010 at 3:42 am

    I'm totally thinking about doing this….now…to persuade the husband!

  53. Cherish @ My Cup of Tea

    August 25th, 2010 at 4:11 am

    WOW! I wish my husband would help me like that. BEAUTIFUL! Great job!

  54. Elizabeth

    August 25th, 2010 at 4:22 am

    this is awesome! for christmas, i am asking for a diy headboard. i'm going to have to show him this so he knows it can be done. bravo!

  55. Tiffany

    August 25th, 2010 at 4:39 am

    wow! i am BEYOND impressed! love your wallpaper, too!

  56. Evie

    August 25th, 2010 at 5:04 am

    Oh my goodness, major props to you! I just spent 20 hours this weekend painting a hutch…and you made an entire BED in less time! It is beautiful, and I love how much money you saved!

  57. Kelly@ColorSizzle

    August 25th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Very impressive, and what a wonderful outcome! How great that Jon is so handy. Makes me want to give my husband a project, too! Terrific blog!

  58. Tammy@InStitches

    August 25th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Awesome ! Your step by step instructions were so great.

  59. Natalie

    August 25th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I tried to talk my husband into making an upholstered headboard and I just got a dirty look. How sweet of your husband! Have you seen this one:

    It is a very different style, but similar idea.

    Thanks for sharing. Now on to shame my husband for not building one for me!

  60. Cristin @ Simplified Bee

    August 25th, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Wow, your bed looks great and you hubby is so sweet to do that! Can I borrow him for a project? πŸ˜‰


  61. designstiles

    August 25th, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    I'm lucky if I could get my husband to hang up a frame. So cool, you got yours to make you a bed! That's awesome.

  62. Alex

    August 26th, 2010 at 2:36 am

    Wow! That's great! My husband and I did an upholstered bed for our 2 yro and it was soooo easy that I'm thinking of doing one for us.


    August 26th, 2010 at 3:45 am

    you and your husband did an amazing job!!! LOVE it! sweet dreams in your new bed:) xo grace

  64. simply seleta

    August 26th, 2010 at 3:57 am

    Unnnbelievable. Brought my husband over to read this post with me…we are both totally impressed!!!!!

  65. Morgan @

    August 26th, 2010 at 7:01 am

    GREAT job! So impressed – love your new bed! I just finished a diy upholstered headboard but to build the entire bed from scratch – wow!

  66. Courtney @ Project Pretty

    August 27th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    You are AMAZING. That's all. πŸ™‚

  67. Deb's mind

    August 30th, 2010 at 2:55 am

    Camila… are one brave and amazing women. Great job on the bed and it is just gorgeous!! And your hubby seems like a sweetheart!!


    September 12th, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Oh my gosh YES! I just emailed this to my husband. This is exactly what we've been looking for! Thanks so much, I'll be linking as well.

  69. kathy

    September 14th, 2010 at 2:47 am

    We are smack dab in the middle of a remodel – wood floors, new appliances. I so do NOT need another project.
    Our mattress sits inside a water bed frame. Which I have always disliked. The headboard is this squarish thing that you can place a bedside lamp on.
    I can see padding the frame and the cream linen wrapped around it. How many times have I stumbled into this box frame in the night? The cushioning alone would work wonders. This might happen. Simple enough with a staple gun. Great photos and inspiration.

  70. Stephanie@cre8tive

    September 15th, 2010 at 3:10 am

    Jon you ROCK! What a great bed you guys created. I was wondering about the tutorial, it was very detailed and instructional, and as I was reading it I thought, wow this post alone took her forever. It looks just amazing and the step by step instructions are priceless. Thanks for sharing and taking the time to do this post.

  71. Rue de Vamp

    September 15th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Just shared your tutorial. I want to do it!!

  72. ghost chair

    September 15th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

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  73. bed frame

    September 30th, 2010 at 6:45 am

    You did a great job on this one! I am really impressed with what you did with the bed!

  74. Jenny

    December 15th, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Thanks for the instructions! I recently build this bed, modified for the King size. Hope you don’t mind I linked your blog for instruction details on mine!

  75. Sheileen Carlotto

    May 8th, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    I made this bed myself…..well I let my husband help a little, clean up and cutting the boards, wouldn’t want him to feel left out…..we love it so much. I must say I was quite pleased with myself and it only took me a day total. I spred it out over two, made bed one day and upholstered it the next. I cannot thank you enough for the post. I’d been dreaming of a new bed and bedroom set for a really long time, just not the $$ that comes along with it. I drove past a yard sale (yeah for me) found some wicked awesome (from MA (: ) early 1900’s furniture in excellent condition and took it home for under $200. ( two dressers, a vanity and two mirrors in frames). That night I scoured the web looking for ideas to modify the bed I had. What I found was a high heeled YOU! The next day I took the bed punge. All I need now is to figure out bedside tables…..thanks so much for the inspiration. Little did I know all I needed was a High Heeled Foot to my butt! πŸ™‚

  76. Sophia

    January 16th, 2013 at 12:38 am

    Wow, bravo great job!

  77. Becky

    March 31st, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    I’m so impressed! I am considering buying the Colette bed used or making this. I’d save so much money making it, but time/tools/etc. are a bit tricky at the moment…you did such an awesome job;) Kudos!

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