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OT - Trading Spaces

Why don't the decorating techniques from this show ever work in my house?

For example - we're trying to find a substitute for a headboard. On Trading Spaces, they used an old door and it looked great. We used an old door and it looks like an old door, serving as a poor excuse for a headboard. On another episode, they hung a quilt on the wall at the head of the bed. We tried that next, but it looks like we hung a quilt on the wall and it doesn't belong there.

Fri. Jul 28, 4:44pm

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It's really the big picture that counts. There are probably some other eclectic touches that the room needs to make an old door or quilt work, like two chairs that don't match, or a dresser with all the knobs different, candlesticks instead of a bedside lamp.

Friday, July 28, 2006, 5:19 PM

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did you coordinate the colors in the quilt with the colors in the wall or quilt on the bed or bedding? Did you use a proper quilt hanger or boards that tuck the edge in? (not saying you did... but using 2-20 tacks wil just look, well, "tacky!")

Friday, July 28, 2006, 11:10 PM

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i too was looking for an alternate headboard and came across one kind of by accident. my boyfriend and i had taken a trip to IKEA to get lots of new things for our first humble apt and bought the "Enteri" bookshelf in black for all my books and picture frames . . . well when we got home, we realized there wasn't a good place for it anywhere in the house . . . .until we tried it behind the bed! It looks great there now and is sooooo functional-we each keep a bedside lamp on it, plus there is room for decorative items as well as things we need (a glass of water, alarm clock etc). plus, the lower shelves are great for things i want nearby, but maybe don't want others to see (ie. journals, personal items etc!). I wish i had a picture to show you guys what it looks like all together but unfortunatley my digital camera is broken at the moment!

but go to, click on bookshelves, and the Enteri collection should show up on the main page. oh, yeah, best part-it was CHEAP!

Saturday, July 29, 2006, 1:47 AM

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OP here - to the 11:10 poster. the quilt is actually part of our bedding set and has the same pattern as our pillow shams. the paint on the wall matches / coordinates well. we used a curtain rod to hang the quilt and just draped it over. then we tucked in the edges so that it fit correctly and hung to the correct length. the quilt doesn't have a center to it - it's just a nautica plaid.

Saturday, July 29, 2006, 2:50 PM

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What about hanging something above the bed? Before I bought my headboard (I have a "summer beach cottage" theme going), I bought and old window frame and shutters from a salvage store. Broke out the glass in the window frame, painted them all with a color I love, plus a crakle glaze, and added knobs to the shutter from Target.

I hung it above the bed, and it subbed as a headboard of sorts, until I ended up finding one I loved (then I moved it to the other wall, because I still love it).

Saturday, July 29, 2006, 3:17 PM

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I know! I've tried many many techniques from that show and I can't pull it off. It must just make for good tv.

Saturday, July 29, 2006, 8:54 PM

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My fiance did one of their "tricks" - he bought some fabric that he loved, and covered 3 panels of styrafoam with it, and just stapled it to the back. He hung the 3 panels over his bed. He used one fabric for the two outside panels, with an asian pattern, and one solid-colored (but with some depth) fabric in a color that was in the pattern, in the middle.

I didn't happen to like it, but, it did look nice and well-done.

It wasn't a headboard though, just a prett and cheap wall covering.

Monday, July 31, 2006, 12:55 PM

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if you view your room through a television screen it might look great too! sometiems i wonder how good these rooms really look in person

Monday, July 31, 2006, 2:50 PM

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I agree with the above - the quality of most of the craftsmanship is pretty shoddy. In order to do the job fast, they cut a lot of corners. I would hate to come home and have them painted over wallpaper or stuck down a vinyl tile floor over the existing one.

Monday, July 31, 2006, 3:23 PM

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