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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.
Paint the screen inserts with a base coat (Sugar and Cream shown) and let dry.
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.
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.
Use the first completed headboard piece as a guide for painting the second or third ones.
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.
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.