You can finally catch Design Star Season 5 fan favorite Dan Faires’ new online show, DanMade on HGTV.com.  The first episode features a do-it-yourself upholstered headboard project made from a sheet of plywood, a painter’s canvas, and carpet tacks.  Dan’s design is simple and inexpensive.  The carpet tacks are a stroke of genius–much more modern-feeling than your average nailheads.


My only addition to Dan’s how-to would be to encourage you to (a) use a tad more batting, and (b) iron the dang drop cloth first.  You’ll be able to stretch some of those wrinkles out, but probably not all of them.

I like Dan’s show…it reminds me of how-to shows I used to love on HGTV, with Dan’s modern rustic spin on them.  I would still prefer to have Dan make a headboard for me than to have to make it myself, but as far as DIY projects go, this one is very low on the intimidation scale.  Even a novice should be able to pull it off!