Here is what our bed looked like before I started.
I did this while I was spring cleaning so it was the perfect time to get the dust bunnies and give everything a good washing, along with cleaning the mattress with baking soda. If you don't do this, I suggest you start making it a habit because it really does freshen up mattresses. Spread baking soda on a mattress and leave on for about an hour. Then vacuum off. Doing this every 1-2 months supposedly kills off dust mites too.
I'm cheating here and telling you that you need to go to You Got Personal's tutorial page to figure how much burlap you will need. I was blessed with a huge roll of burlap (free!) but it was cut differently so the webpage dimensions didn't help me... which meant I had to figure the math on my own, darn it. I laid the burlap out on the floor and cut the length of the piece that I needed. If you don't know the quick and easy way to cut burlap, here is a link that is a huge help: http://www.craftaholicsanonymous.net/secret-to-cutting-burlap-straight-and I'm telling you, when I discovered this simple tip, I was amazed at how much more I loved burlap and used it more often, haha! It can be some serious messy stuff sometimes.
The tutorial called for upholstery pins so not thinking, that's what I bought. But they are similar to tacks and will not stay in the box spring. T-pins are what you need. I used the longer ones, 1 3/4". Being ocd, I used a tape measure and measured 8" from fold to fold.
I was honestly amazed at how quick this project went. Seriously two hours total from start to finish and that even included putting the bedding in the wash, taking the mattress off by myself, sweeping the dust bunnies that were living under the bed, pinning the burlap to the box spring, and putting the bed back together!
Best of all... this project only cost me a couple of dollars for the T-pins because I was gifted the burlap. When my husband saw it and was praising how wonderful it looked, I sweetly mentioned to him that he can take me out to dinner with the $$ I saved, hehe!
Now if only finding the bedding that I have pictured in my mind was this easy, I'd have it made.
Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead! I'll be busy with my HS Sr daughter playing in 2 golf tournaments and weeding another flower bed... thankfully we have nice weather in the forecast.