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Chippendale-Style Headboard

All the woodworking has been done for you -- just add a couple coats of your favorite paint to turn ornate wooden inserts into eye-catching bedroom decor.

Chippendale-style headboard

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 day

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Level


  • 2 - Chippendale unfinished screen door inserts, #442691
  • D-ring picture hangers, pack of 4, #264577
  • Valspar Signature satin paint, Sugar and Cream (#CI 159)
  • Valspar Signature paint, 8-ounces, Twilight Jungle (#3007-9A)

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Project Resources


The screen door inserts used for this project come in the 29-3/8-inch squares (#442691) shown here; inserts are also available in a 29-3/8-in x 25-7/8-in (#442687) size. Although you won’t be able to match the mattress widths as you can with most headboards, you can install multiple inserts and adjust the spacing or overhangs. For a twin mattress, use a single insert. For a double or queen-size mattress, use a pair of inserts. For a king-size mattress, use either two panels spaced 17 inches apart or three panels with a roughly 6-inch overhang on each side.

Step 1

Paint the screen inserts with a base coat (Sugar and Cream shown) and let dry.

Step 2

Close-up of painted headboard

Shake the 8-ounce container of the second paint color (Twilight Jungle shown), open the container, and place the lid on the work surface with the paint side up. Dip a 2-inch trim brush into the paint on the lid to pick up a small amount. Remove most of the paint by dabbing the brush on scrap paper and dry-brush the edges of each piece of the insert to create shadows on the base coat. Reload and blot off excess paint as needed.

Good to Know

A worn, less-than-perfect straight or angled brush works well for dry brushing. Apply only a small amount of paint at a time. It’s better to add more later than try to sand off a coat that’s too thick.

Step 3

Use the first completed headboard piece as a guide for painting the second or third ones.

Step 4

On the back side of the outside frame edges, measure down 3 inches from the frame top and mark screw holes for the two D-ring hangers. Drill pilot holes and screw the D-ring hangers to the frame. Repeat for any additional inserts.

Step 5

Download the Chippendale Headboard Layout guide as a reference. Using a level and tape measure, insert screws or nails into the wall the same distance apart as the D-ring hangers, and then install the headboards.