I recently did a makeover of our master bedroom, and I knew from the start that a statement headboard would take the makeover to the next level. I love the look of classic white and plywood, so I combined them to make a painted headboard with a herringbone effect. And I must say I LOVE the finished result!
This project is super easy to do, so long as you have the right materials. I used:
Below are the step by step instructions on how to make this head board. Let's get started!
Tape a horizontal line where the bedhead will meet the bed base, so that you don't waste time or materials painting the section which will be hidden behind the bed.
Take a ruler and make a small pencil mark at every 10cm interval, working your way from left to right along the top of the head board.
Then do the same along the piece of horizontal tape (make sure you start on the left for this too!).
Then attach rows of vertical tape that meet at the corresponding top and bottom pencil marks you've made. Make sure you centre the tape over the pencil marks as much as you can (to keep it as straight as possible).
Start at the top left, and lay diagonal pieces of tape between the first two rows. Then lay pieces of tape on the opposite angle between the next two rows.
The trick is to try to keep the same angle with each piece. But honestly don't be too picky, you won't get them all perfect and the overall effect will be the same so long as they are largely on the same angle.
I started off with a wider gap between each piece then added another piece of tape in between because I decided later I wanted a finer, more detailed pattern.
Now you need to paint over the board so that all of the gaps in between the tape are painted white.
Before you start (and this is important!) go over your board and make sure the tape is firmly pressed in all over, so that no paint can sneak in under the tape.
Then go ahead and paint (don't worry about painting the sectioned off piece at the bottom which won't be seen). I just did one coat, but you can do more if you want a thicker paint effect.
My favourite part is peeling off the tape to reveal the beautiful design you've created underneath. Wait until the paint is dry, then peel off all of the tape. I pulled off all of the diagonal pieces first, then the vertical pieces.
And you're done! How easy was that to create such a detailed and intricately beautiful piece of furniture?
I hope you enjoy every moment of making your headboard, and make sure you share photos with me on instagram, facebook or email because I'd love to see how you go.