I found some fabric in the discount bin at my local Fabricland, along with some inexpensive cording (trim). My next stop was Canadian Tire where I purchased a relatively inexpensive electric staple gun (as I knew I couldn't do this by hand).
Step One involved separating the faux wood trim from the particle board/foam/upholstered board (as shown in the photo). Fortunately, that was easily done... it just involved the use of a cordless drill.
Next I grabbed my can of Fresh Start primer and set to work priming the "wood" trim. Then I gave it two coats of paint, and voila..it was time to get out the fabric and staple gun.
This required a little help (and became a Thanksgiving weekend project with my Sister and Mom). We laid out the new fabric on the living room floor and plunked the existing piece (still upholstered) right on top. We carefully, and evenly, stretched the fabric from side to side, stapl ing as we went. Next we stapled the cording to the (now painted) wood trim. The final step involved screwing the two pieces back together. Easy peasy.
Hubbie and brother-in-law grabbed their power drills and in no time flat this rescued beauty found a new home at the top of our bed.
Before the headboard
(The wall colour looks much darker than it actually is).
Final after photos to follow once I re-charge my camera!)
This is what the room looked like when the house was owned by the previous owners (also no headboard):