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DIY: The Three-Step Painted Headboard

July 5, 2014

Confession: For most of my twenties, I slept on a single mattress on the floor (no box spring, and not a very good mattress at that). It was only recently that I came to understand the life-enhancing benefits of a bed with all the right components: a sturdy frame, a luxurious mattress, and an array of natural linens and blankets.

Here at Remodelista, we’re drawn to personality-filled (but serene) bedrooms that often include a few strategic DIY solutions. We like a good storage headboard, recessed shelving above the bed, and DIY headboards (everything from macramé to old doors). We also place a high premium on restful room designs (see 10 Secrets for a Better Night’s Sleep). In that spirit, I’m happy to report that I’m now sleeping on a platform bed, and to give it a finished look (and a place to prop my pillows), I recently decided to make my own headboard out of nothing more than a birch board and pastel paint.

Photography by Alexa Hotz for Remodelista.

 DIY Painted Headboard, Alexa Hotz for Remodelista
DIY Painted Headboard, Alexa Hotz for Remodelista
 DIY Painted Headboard, Alexa Hotz for Remodelista
DIY Painted Headboard, Alexa Hotz for Remodelista

Materials

  • A 9-by-12-foot painter’s Canvas Drop Cloth ($22.99 from Ace Hardware)
  • Paint brushes of your choice and a Metal Paint Tray ($6.95 from MSC Industrial Supply)
  • 1 quart of paint; I chose Benjamin Moore’s Ben Interior Paint in Eraser Pink, eggshell finish ($17.99)
  • 1 wooden board; for my queen-sized mattress, I used a panel of birch 50 inches wide and 70 inches tall, a good height to prop up on the back of the platform frame.

Instructions

 Step 1: Stand your panel of wood up against a wall on top of a painter’s drop cloth to catch any drips. Begin painting your board by brush or roller (your choice).
Step 1: Stand your panel of wood up against a wall on top of a painter’s drop cloth to catch any drips. Begin painting your board by brush or roller (your choice).
 Step 2: Let the first coat of paint dry completely; if you’re painting with a brush, continue with additional coats to create an even surface without visible brushstrokes.
Step 2: Let the first coat of paint dry completely; if you’re painting with a brush, continue with additional coats to create an even surface without visible brushstrokes.
 Step 3: I used two coats of paint to get a deep eraser pink. I decided to paint only one side and leave the edges raw to reveal a bit of wood, but you can also coat the entire board.
Step 3: I used two coats of paint to get a deep eraser pink. I decided to paint only one side and leave the edges raw to reveal a bit of wood, but you can also coat the entire board.

The Finished Look

The board fits perfectly behind a layering of pillows and provides a finishing touch to the platform bed.
Above: The board fits perfectly behind a layering of pillows and provides a finishing touch to the platform bed.
I can switch up the color of my headboard any time I like; I plan to paint the wood in different shades from season to season.
Above: I can switch up the color of my headboard any time I like; I plan to paint the wood in different shades from season to season.

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