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How to make a DIY painted wall headboard

WordsMegan Lambert

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When it comes to creating a DIY painted wall headboard, the wall is your oyster. You can go for any design you like—from two-tone to multi-coloured. It’s a great way to use up leftover paint, as this wall mural on a budget demonstrates.

In this DIY painted wall headboard ‘How to’ guide, we’re going to share how to create two of our favourite designs: a semi-circle painted wall headboard design and a rectangular painted wall headboard design—paintbrushes at the ready.

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How to make a DIY semi-circle painted wall headboard

This DIY semi-circle painted wall headboard idea is a great way to create a cohesive colour scheme. It allows you to add a splash of colour without it being overwhelming. It’s an excellent boho bedroom idea.

Step 1: Make sure you’ve got the right tools for the job:

You’ll need:

Step 2: As ever, prep your wall for painting

Step 3: Once prepped, paint the wall in your chosen base paint colour. This headboard idea is a great way to tie together colour palettes in a room. Take a look at our sample boxes for some inspiration. Leave your paint to dry.

Step 4: Using your measuring tape, measure your bed to find the centre point  (horizontally and vertically) and mark it on the wall with your pencil.

Step 4: Cut your string to the length of your desired circle diameter (leaving a few extra cms to tie the string around your nail and pencil).  

Step 5: Hammer your nail into your mid-point (don’t worry, you’ll fill this later). 

Step 6: Using the string to guide you, with your pencil draw a semi-circle in one consistent movement. 

Step 7: Very carefully (easy does it), begin painting the edges of your circle using your cutting brush. Once you’ve covered the tricky outer edges, you can use a larger paintbrush for the inner circle.  

Step 8: Remove the central nail and cover-up using filler and sandpaper. 

Step 9: Use a fine paintbrush for touch-ups where needed.

How to make a DIY rectangular painted wall headboard

This DIY rectangular painted wall headboard design looks great in highly contrasting colours: a light beige with black paint or gentle pinks with deep greens. Add some wall mounted bedside tables or lamps, and you’ve got an easy to execute stylish look on your hands.

Step 1: As ever, ensure you’ve got the tools to get the job done.

You’ll need:

Step 2: Begin by prepping your wall for painting

Step 3: Once prepped, paint the wall in your chosen base paint colour. Leave your paint to dry.

Step 4: Using your measuring tape, measure your bed’s width. Decide the width and height of your painted wall headboard and mark these points. You’ll probably want it to extend around 50cms either side of your bed and the same, if not more above your mattress.

Step 4: Mark these measurements on the wall using your pencil. 

Step 5: Using your spirit level and a pencil, draw a straight line horizontally and vertically on either side of your bed. 

Step 6: Next, take your masking tape, sticking it to the wall on the outer edge of your pencilled line.  

Step 7: Get your roller and chosen paint colour and paint between the lines. Leave to try. 

Step 8: Once you’re certain your paint has dried (very important. Otherwise, you might end up smudging your hard work), remove the masking tape. Marvel at your razor-edge lines.

And that’s it! A ‘How to’ guide for two of our favourite (and easiest) DIY painted wall headboard ideas. If you liked this, why not take a look at these 9 statement headboard ideas for your bedroom.

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