In Your Dreams: A Clever DIY Headboard Idea that Will Only Take One Hour to Complete

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In Your Dreams: A Clever DIY Headboard Idea that Will Only Take One Hour to Complete

This post is sponsored by 3M. All opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me.

If you’re tight on space (or budget) for a bedroom makeover, today’s project is for you! It’s one of my new faves because it’s super affordable, easy, and can totally transform a room…or at least your headboard!

I teamed up with 3M and ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape to create this DIY painted headboard idea that you can endlessly customize to your own style / color preferences, the size of your bed, etc. And now I want to try this in literally every bedroom EVER! Click through for the video tutorial of this do it yourself headboard and all the before and after photos.

DIy headboard with ScotchBlue

Materials

*You can find retail availability for ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape on ScotchBlue.com – I usually get mine through Amazon or Home Depot.

Clean baseboards to prep surface

Instructions

1. I always start by cleaning all baseboards and trim with a damp cloth to remove any dust / debris and prep the surface for the painter’s tape. Try to avoid using household cleaners as they can affect adhesion – sometimes I’ll use a spray bottle filled with plain water though. Wait for the surface to dry completely before taping

Remove outlet covers

2. Next, remove any outlet plates near the paint zone with a screwdriver and set aside. I say this every time, but it’s helpful.. I always throw screws and outlet plates into a bag, so I don’t lose anything. 

Tape off the shape of your headboard

3. Next, it’s time to tape! I used two kinds of tape for this project – one for the walls and one for the baseboards. I’ll explain which tape is best for each scenario, but you can also use the tape selector tool on ScotchBlue.com/tapeselector to figure out the type of tape you should use for your project. It takes less than 30 seconds – and I use it all the time to double check things.

Tape off baseboards

Tape off baseboards

Baseboard tape. I used ScotchBlue™ PLATINUM Painter’s Tape for the baseboards of this project because it truly is my favorite painter’s tape. It removes in one piece with no slivering or tearing and I always get ultra-sharp paint lines with this tape. I used it for the color blocked mirror DIY, my apartment entryway makeover, and a whole bunch of others. The poly-backing makes it easy to do 90 degree hand-tears and it works on a variety of smooth surfaces like baseboards, trim, metal and glass.

To apply the baseboard tape, get as close as you can to the wall and the baseboard joint and start rolling the tape out while running your fingers over it as you go. Once the tape has been applied to the surface, I like to go over the whole thing once more with my fingers to make sure it’s secure before moving on to paint.

Taping off headboard on wall

DIY headboard idea

Wall tape. For creating the headboard shape, I used ScotchBlue™ WALLS + WOOD FLOORS Painter’s Tape. I use this painter’s tape anytime I’m taping directly onto the walls (or wood floors – basically any smooth, delicate or freshly painted surfaces that are at least 24 hours old).

To apply this tape, you just roll it out while running your finger over the tape as you go, to make sure it was secure. Pretty simple! Just be sure to press down firmly over the tape’s surface with your fingers to make sure the tape is secure. And use a level (I just use the level app on my phone usually) to ensure the headboard lines created by the tape are level before painting.

Paint the headboard shape with a brush

Paint headboard shape with roller

4. For painting the headboard, I used a small paint roller (with a 3/8 nap for smooth surfaces) and a 2 inch brush for around the baseboards and the outlets. I did 2 coats of paint and it took less than half quart of paint to complete. Be sure to let the paint fully dry between coats. Recommended drying times will be on the can of paint.

Remove painter's tape for clean lines at baseboards

Remove tape from wall to reveal DIY headboard shape

5. Once the paint has completely dried, it’s time for the big reveal…of those ultra-sharp paint lines. We’re not quite done yet! For the baseboards, if necessary, score the edge (where the painted surface and the tape meet) with a sharp blade. Especially useful if your paint is super thick in any areas. Then, slowly remove the tape at a 45° angle and pull the tape back onto itself for best results.

For the wall tape, skip the scoring step (you don’t want to damage the walls) and slowly remove the tape, again at a 45° angle – pulling the tape back onto itself for best results. You can see a demo of this in the video tutorial toward the top of this post, if you need a little guidance.

In Your Dreams: A Clever DIY Headboard Idea that Will Only Take One Hour to Complete

6. Screw wall outlet covers back on, if applicable, and you’re ready to set up your bed and decorate.

An eclectic bedroom makeover and DIY headboard idea

An eclectic modern bedroom with DIY headboard. Click through for the video tutorial.

How long did it take? Not including drying times, this do it yourself headboard project took about an hour to complete. So, it won’t take up your whole weekend. And it’s renter-friendly, since the surface that would need to be painted over at move out is relatively small!

Bonus! When you’re ready for a new look or a fresh start, you can easily paint over the headboard shape again in about the same amount of time. You can customize it to any size bed and bed frame – make it taller, shorter, wider, even create patterns with multiple paint colors, etc.

An artsy loft bedroom

An artsy loft bedroom - styled by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch

Hang hats and purses on the wall as decoration

Photography Amelia Lawrence

What do you think of the finished headboard? Would you try this DIY in your own home? And if so, what other paint color(s) do you think would be fun for this project?

This post is in partnership with 3M. Thanks for supporting the brands that help keep Paper & Stitch running.

14 comments | Click here to reply

The colour is so pretty. Where can I find the monstera leaves? Are they faux?
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Antonella | White House Crafts | June 30th, 2017 at 8:19 am

Hi Antonella. They’re real. I got them at a local flower shop.
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Brittni | June 30th, 2017 at 8:46 am

Wow that is so cute!
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Courtney Hardy | June 30th, 2017 at 1:54 pm

Thanks Courtney. 🙂

Brittni | June 30th, 2017 at 3:11 pm

So cool idea!!
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The pink pineapple | June 30th, 2017 at 3:44 pm

This is great! I’m going to do a deep purple!! The color of royalty, right?!!

Shannon | June 30th, 2017 at 6:34 pm

I love this idea, and it’s so simple!
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Michelle | July 1st, 2017 at 4:55 am

Love this idea!!
Makes all the difference in the room.

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Maria | July 1st, 2017 at 9:57 am

I love your blog is so so beautiful
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The pink pineapple | July 2nd, 2017 at 3:35 pm

This is genius!

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Daeyz | July 2nd, 2017 at 11:15 pm

This is such a fun and creative idea!

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Paige Flamm | July 3rd, 2017 at 11:36 am

Love this!! What colour did you use?

Nicole Hibbs | July 10th, 2017 at 9:28 am

Hi! Loved the video 🙂
Congrats.

Bruna Lourenço | July 13th, 2017 at 6:21 pm

I have tried this idea. I made it wider and use multiple colors. It awesome.

Robin Williams | July 20th, 2017 at 1:59 pm
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