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Painted Wall-Design Headboard

Conserve decorating dollars and space by painting a stylish design on your bedroom wall for a headboard. Customize the size and colors to suit any bed and decor.

 Painted wall design headboard

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Painting supplies
  • Crafts knife
  • Tape measure
  • Level
  • Carpenter's square
  • Hammer and nail set
  • 1-in painter's tape


  • Valspar Signature, 1 quart, eggshell: City Snow (#ar1315) and Pier 14 (#ar1228)
  • 2 - 1/2-in x 3/4-in x 8-ft pine mouldings, #3487
  • 1-in wire brads

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Step 1

Download and print the Painted-Design Headboard Layout for project dimensions. Choose the height and width of the background rectangle to fit the size of your bed and use tape to mask off the space you'll paint. Also, tape off the baseboard within the rectangle.

Good to Know

Use a level for accurate vertical and horizontal lines. Measure between opposite diagonal corners of your markings and compare the distances. If they're the same, the corners are square.

Step 2

Paint wall for headboard area

Paint the background color and add a second coat if needed. Allow the last coat to dry overnight before continuing. If you plan to include the 1/2-in x 3/4-in wooden trim strips, paint those as well.

Note: Painter's tape is designed to be removed without harming the surface underneath, but even painter's tape will lift off fresh paint that hasn't completely dried. Paint that feels dry to the touch may not be completely dry underneath, so take your time.

Step 3

 Mark headboard stripes

Refer to the diagram measurements and use a square to mark the locations of the stripes. Repeat a mirror-image version of the design on the opposite side.

Step 4

 Mask headboard stripes with tape

Apply masking tape to the wall around where you'll paint the stripes. (For now, it's okay that the tape crosses into the stripe areas.)

Step 5

 Trim away excess tape

Trim off excess tape within the stripe areas for square corners. Press the tape firmly against the wall with your fingers for a tight seal and double-check the masked areas against the diagram.

Step 6

 Paint headboard stripes

Apply a base coat in the stripe areas using the same paint as the background. (Any paint that seeps under the tape edges won't be noticeable.) Then apply two coats of dark paint (shown in Pier 14). Remove the tape after the last coat dries and touch up as needed.

Step 7

 Nail headboard trim in place

Measure and miter-cut the painted moulding strips to fit the painted rectangle. Use a level to check that they're horizontal and vertical before attaching them to the drywall with 1-inch wire brads. Countersink the nail heads below the wood surface and conceal the nail holes with putty and paint.

Step 8

Headboard with a white stripe on a teal background

You can vary the look by reversing the color scheme to create a light stripe (Ultra White, #7006-24, shown) against a dark background (La Fonda Teal, #5007-8B, shown) and omitting the trim around the edges.