A Quick and Easy Headboard – The Perfect Weekend Project!

This is from a post I did back when I was blogging at  But I wanted to share it with you here since most of you probably missed it and since I feel that it is such a simple project that most of you can do TODAY if you really wanted to.  It’s a really simple weekend project.  Hit up a tag sale, or stop by a thrift store and see what you can find.  

This isn’t my first headboard. I’ve stripped and stained one. I redid my in-laws 80-Something peach fabric covered one and changed it’s look. And this one was for my guest room/craft room/man cave/office.  Even though this room probably didn’t need a headboard because of it’s function, I just couldn’t stand looking at the bare wall.  

plane wall

My mother in-law had redone her bathrooms and brought me this beautiful chenille green fabric that she was using as a shower curtain.  When she brought it over, I thought, “What am I going to do with this?” And I almost gave it away.  But she knew me, and knew just what I do, so she brought it my way, and I put it away until this headboard idea came about.  I realized it was a perfect fit and it found a good home! So, I began browsing the internet to find out how I could make one without ply wood and a saw. I found the idea of using a painter’s canvas from A Soft Place. I had a painter’s canvas already from another project that I hadn’t started yet, but it was just too short for the bed.

While on my way to Michael’s to get something for another project, instead of going straight through the traffic light, I went left, and found myself at the Salvation Army! Sign outside read “HUGE SALE TODAY!” Hello?  3 O’clock in the afternoon, with two kids in tow, I found myself rummaging at the thrift store. Which by the way, I love to do, so it wasn’t torture by any means! I asked the clerk while I browsed around, “When you say, “Huge Sale” what does that mean?” “Everything in the store is half off today,” the nice clerk replied! “What? It’s my lucky day, and I’ve hit the jackpot,” I thought.

In the way back of the store in the furniture section leaning up against the wall, sat a terribly outdated painted canvas, perfect size, and half off! $15. Sold!  

Here’s what you’ll need:

A painter’s canvas



Staple Gun

D Rings 



A hammer and a screwdriver

This is where I found great instructions on how to make it:  A Soft Place.  I suggest following her instructions since she did such a great job at explaining it.  It was really simple, it was just nice to get a visual from someone else on exactly what to do.  

To hang the headboard, you will need to measure where you want the top of the canvas to be, then measure down from there and that’s where you’ll place the D-Rings.  But you’ll need to make sure that there is wood in that spot on the canvas.   If this doesn’t work, you could always add a zigzag frame hook at the top of the frame on each side and hang it from there.  


I wanted to tuft the headboard but the buttons wouldn’t take the chenille fabric because it was too thick.  I could use larger buttons, but it’s good enough for me!

The cost of this headboard about $40.   A bed with a headboard – priceless!

Keep in mind, if you’re not the crafty type, but like to save a dollar, like we do, then Dawn and I can help you by bringing these creative ideas right into your home!  

Have a happy weekend!



Feeling Blue…Disneyland Blue!

Over the holidays my husband and I took the kids to Disneyland. We went with some long time friends who are like family to us and whose son is almost the exact same age as our son – to say we had a blast would be an understatement. The weather was cold (well, cold for Southern California) and rainy and not what most people would call perfect, but it was perfect for us – the wet dreary weather drove a lot of people away, which meant shorter lines and more rides for us! Wohoo!

There is so much to do and see at Disneyland that we decided to make a trip of it and stayed overnight. We stayed at a nearby DoubleTree  and couldn’t have been happier. The hotel was located about a mile from the park, which meant we avoided the expensive hotels on the Disneyland property and we could walk each day to save money on parking. The rooms were clean, spacious, the restaurant on site had great food, and the staff was more than accommodating – what more could you ask for? Except maybe more time there? Even after two days at the park, and very little crowds, we still felt we did not see and do everything there is to do!  









Photo credit DoubleTree 

Now you may be wondering what Disneyland has to do home decor. Well, I’m sharing this with you because we enjoyed ourselves so much we decided to incorporate a little bit of our trip into our home. No, there aren’t any new Mickey or Minnie Mouse decorations in the house, but instead a newly painted front door inspired by a color seen at Disneyland.

Our front door was in good shape, but it needed an update. We weren’t digging the orange undertones of the stain applied in the early ’80’s and had decided long ago to paint it, but could never decide on a color so the project was on standby. I admit, part of me felt REALLY badly about painting a perfectly good piece of wood, but the thought of stripping, sanding, and re-staining the door sounded more dreary than the weather we encountered while at Disneyland. (I thought about using Polyshades, but the finish on the door wasn’t compatible.)

Here is what the door looked like BEFORE:


While in the New Orleans area of Disneyland, I was inspired by all of the vibrant blue details and decided it was a great color for the front door. 

New Orleans Square Disneyland

After we got home I started looking at paint swatches, narrowed down the colors to two, and then let my husband pick the winner. He decided on Blue Gasp by Benjamin Moore. It isn’t an exact match to the Disneyland blue I was inspired by, since it has some more obvious purple undertones, but it was close enough. Normally I test the color using paint samples, but this time I just went for it. I mean what’s not to love about a color described Benjamin Moore as:

“Dark and dramatic, this concentrated bluish-purple shade exudes romance, conjuring daydreams of amorous adventures at sea.”

I started by lightly sanding the door and deglossing it with TSP. Then I primed it using some leftover primer tinted grey from my media cabinet project.

 I used my Graco Truecoat II Plus to speed up the job and eliminate brush strokes.

Next, I painted it and after it was dry I slightly distressed the edges and added some green details by glazing it.

Here is the AFTER:

Now every time I see our front door, I am reminded of our wonderful Disneyland trip – not a bad thing to think about each day, Disneyland really is “The Happiest Place On Earth”.

What have you incorporated into your home as a result of a trip or vacation? 





Linking to: Savvy Southern Style, Serenity Now, and Design, Dining + Diapers

P.S. For those of us who love a beautiful home, we know how easy it is to be inspired by ideas online, and the positive feelings a great ambiance brings, and also know too well that implementation of these ideas can be intimidating, confusing, and time-consuming. Though we hope to encourage you to try things on your own, we understand that sometimes you need a push in the right direction and we would love to help. As Home Decor Coaches, we specialize in designing beautiful living spaces and helping you see new opportunity in the pieces you already own, including furniture painting services. We will discuss your needs, assess your situation and put together unique ideas to make your living spaces exceed your expectations. We would love to bring a Simply Tangerine twist to your home. Please contact us anytime!

Updating a 1962 Thomasville Dining Room Table and Chairs

Here’s just one of the many things that we love to do here at Simply Tangerine. We love to add our own special twist to things, especially with paint!

Last week we picked up this fabulous Thomasville dining room table and cane back chairs. It’s stamped 1962, so we know it will probably make some of you gasp in horror to think of taking a paint brush to it, but it really just needs to be brought into this century. It’s not bad the way it is, but we saw the potential in this beauty right from the start.

cane chair back











Don’t mind the mess in the garage!  

 This iron bar under the table was a pleasant surprise when we got it home!  

Here are some of the inspiration pieces that we are using to help make this transformation possible. We’ll be doing a little of this and a little of that to bring this set to life!
















(Source Unknown) 

 Traditional Dining Room by Greenville Interior Designers & Decorators Linda McDougald Design | Postcard from Paris Home



We are planning to sell this set. We’re listing it for $1200!  That includes a beautiful rectangle table, 4 chairs, 2 arm chairs, and one leaf.  For what’s on the market these days from places like Restoration Hardware and the like, you would never find something like this for that price!  And this is quality furniture. 

If you’re interested in purchasing it, please contact us immediately. We’re pretty sure with these beautiful lines, cane chairs, and rectangle shaped table, this won’t be sitting in our garage for long, but rather in your dining room, serving up some yummy food and delicious wine to friends and family!   And you can throw in that extra leaf for those unexpected guests!

We hope you can see our vision for these beautiful pieces!  Stay tuned for this incredible transformation!


Happy New Year

Hello and Happy New Year!  We hope you’ve stayed with us through the little break that we’ve taken away from blogging regularly. And if you have, we truly appreciate your loyalty! The last year and a half has been a time of discovery not only as individuals, but for our business as well. We love everything we do here at Simply Tangerine and we hope we’ve helped you realize your creative potential and inspired you to give your own projects unique twists!

Although crafting, cooking, entertaining, and DIYing will always be at the core of who we are, we have decided to indulge in our love for design by focusing on the Home Décor Coaching side of our business. During our blogging journey, not only did we discover that we have an unquenchable desire to help other people redesign their spaces, but it was also the area that you repeatedly ask for our help and feedback in. Because of this, it become apparent that our gift of being able to walk into a room, see it’s true potential, and create a dream space needed to be our primary focus.

You may not be familiar with the Home Decor Coaching side of our business and you may be asking yourself, what is a Home Décor Coach? Essentially, we take your existing furnishings and accessories and we redesign your spaces to make them look the best they can. We know that it’s not always easy to see that potential on your own and sometimes you need another person’s eye. We know, because we too are challenged with that in our own homes. It’s human nature to get used to what things look like and it can be hard to step outside of our comfort zones to try something new. Sometimes simply moving a piece, painting it a different color, or adding new throw pillows or bedding can give a room the breath of fresh air it desperately needs. We will coach you through the process and leave you with the confidence you need to continue redesigning your spaces well after we leave. Sometimes, we’ll make suggestions of items you might want to invest in, such as an area rug, accessories, or a piece of artwork. But, for the most part, we’re just helping you restyle your living areas and leaving you with the spaces you’ve always dreamed of, for a minimal cost!  

 Rooms Brought To Life


In addition to focusing on Home Decor Coaching, we’re also expanding into the Home Staging side of design. If you are selling or buying a home, we can help you de-clutter and style your home to make it more desirable to the buyer’s eye!  A properly staged home can help increase the selling price and get your home sold more quickly. And again, we will do all of this with what you already have. Once you’ve purchased your new home, we’ll get you out of those boxes faster; taking what you have and helping you make it work in your new space.  

Lastly, if you have furniture that you’ve inherited, or a piece that you’re simply just tired of, but don’t have the heart to get rid of it, and you’d like to update it, we’re your gals!  We’d love to bring your pieces up to date and give them a fresh twist!  We’ll work together with you to come up with just the right look with a fresh coat of paint!   Please contact us for a custom quote!  See below a sample of just some of the pieces that we’ve added our own special twist to!

Painted Furniture Projects

We will continue to post to the blog periodically, especially,  of the fun Before and After’s, so please be sure to subscribe so you never miss a twist!

Wishing you a healthy and prosperous new year!


Nightcap Anyone?

Every year for the past 9 years our girlfriends get together for a “White Elephant Gift Exchange” – we each bring something to eat, a bottle of wine, and a gift to exchange. Needless to say, every year it is a blast! (I can’t believe we have kept the tradition going for 9 years – time flies when you are having fun!)

This year, I had my heart set on bringing wine or cocktail glasses embellished with festive metallic touches. (I’m not sure why, it was just what I envisioned giving.) Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, I could not find exactly what I had in mind, so I decided I would take a shot at making some on my own. Ready to hear about my adventure?
























Ok, let the fun begin!

First, I needed to find the right glasses and of course I found some gorgeous ones at my favorite store: Homegoods. They were a perfect versatile combination of a stemless wine glass and a low-ball glass. At first, I thought they weren’t going to work because there were only three on the shelf and my plan was to give four glasses along with a bottle of wine. However, I was in love, and determined, so the trio rattled around in my cart as I hunted for their long lost sister.

I circled and circled the store with an eagle sharp eye, but came up empty handed. After several laps, I pushed my cart back to the shelf where I originally found the glasses, about to accept defeat, when I saw that four more had magically appeared in the empty space on the shelf. It was meant to be! I could not believe my luck and even tracked down the employee who had checked in the back of the store for more to share my victory. (I doubt she really cared, but I was excited and needed to share with someone!) Now I had four to give away and three to use as test glasses (err, three to keep for myself – the glasses are perfect for wine, Bailey’s, or any other cocktail of your choice).

Next, I used Google to determine what kind of paint to use on the glasses and came across a great post by Cyndy from The Creativity Exchange where shared her success using Testors Model Enamel Paint – thanks Cyndy! I knew I wanted to mix metallic colors, so I picked up some gold and silver from the craft store.

Lastly, I wiped the glasses down with some rubbing alcohol to ensure I had a clean surface and got to painting. Using a firm, small tipped paint brush I simply dotted paint on the bottom half of the glasses to create a confetti look. I first dotted gold paint, then I dotted silver, then I dotted a little more gold, and then a little more silver. I just dotted away until my heart was content and I was satisfied with the result.

Simple, easy, and fun! The best part about this project was the versatility – you could paint any glasses, in any color, and in any design your heart desires. What a great way to spice up those boring glasses sitting in the back of your cabinet that you never use anymore!



Are you giving any handmade gifts this year? If so, I would love to hear about them!

Wishing you holiday cheer,






{Linking to: Serenity Now}

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