I Tried To Live By HGTV Rules

I tried to make an upholstered headboard once. I got the idea from an episode of HGTV’s “Design on a Dime.” Armed with an oversized piece of fiberboard, soft batting, a staple gun and a bolt of fabric, I set to work measuring, cutting, padding and stapling. Hours later, I was the proud owner of a DIY headboard.

The problem: It was a $156 mess. There were lumps in the batting, the fabric was crooked, and it didn’t have that “hotel chic” promised by the on-screen designers. I rescued the fabric, which is still buried — unused — in a dark corner of a storage closet, tossed the fiberboard in the trash and bought a headboard instead.

It was not the first time I’d been the victim of an HGTV-inspired makeover-gone-wrong. Read more