DIY- Painted Headboard

diy-painted-headboard-black-and-white-headboard-stylishleeHey Hey Hey. How is everyone? I for one am super excited because tomorrow starts the mark of a new year and I can’t wait for whats in store. Today I’m sharing with you my new and super affordable headboard that I did all myself. My initial plan was to do a step by step pictorial of what I did, however my memory card somehow became corrupted and I lost all the photos I took. (sighs…). Nonetheless I was able to save a few shots so you can at least have an idea what I was up to yesterday.

diy-painted-headboard-black-and-white-headboard-stylishleeBy painting a stylish headboard design on your bedroom wall, you are conserving decorating dollars and space. To top it all off, it’s super easy to do and you can customize the size and colors to suit any size bed and decor.

diy-painted-headboard-black-and-white-headboard-stylishleeWhat I used:

    • 1 quart of black paint & white paint
    • paint brush (1 large and 1 small for detailing and cleaning up edges)
    • crafts knife
    • scissors
    • tape measure
    • painters tape

1. Paint entire wall in desired color. My wall was already white to begin with so I went straight to painting the headboard.

2. Choose the height and width of the background rectangle to fit the size of your bed and use painters tape to mask off the space you’ll paint. ( BTW: I didn’t use a stencil or template for the headboard shape.  It was just measuring and symmetry).

3. Paint the background color (I used two coats). Allow the last coat of paint to dry before continuing. I was using flat emulsion paint which dries very fast (roughly two hours) however some types of paint you may have to let it dry overnight.

4. Get a pencil/chalk and on one side map out the style of border you are going for and repeat a mirror-image version of the design on the opposite side. I used a mix of lines and squares.

5. Apply painters tape over markings on the wall around where you’ll paint the stripes. Press the tape firmly against the wall with your fingers for a tight seal.

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6. Inside the stripes, first paint a coat using the same paint as the background color (this helps seal the tape even more so any paint that seeps under the paint edges won’t be noticeable). After this dries paint inside the stripes your desired color—My background color is black, so I first did a coat of black paint in the stripes before applying the white paint.

7. Remove the tape after the last coat dries and touch up as needed. I used a small,angled painters brush to clean up any mistakes.


diy-painted-headboard-black-and-white-headboard-stylishleeI Love you all soooo much. Thank you for joining me on this journey. I wish you all the best for 2015. Be safe if you’re planning on going out tonight and I’ll see you again later this week with a new StylishLee post. XO Natasha ♥



  1. January 10, 2015 / 5:20 pm

    I love this headboard! Thanks I’ll definitley be doing this.

    • January 10, 2015 / 11:41 pm

      Hey jessica, I’m so happy you love it. remember to tweet me or @ me on instagram