Before & After: A DIY Painted Headboard

This past weekend, I helped a friend with a little DIY project - a simple and low cost solution to the ever popular “I don’t have a headboard” problem.

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My good friend Jeffrey has long been in the market for a headboard, but despite the occasional suggestion I’d forward along or the vintage find I’d tweet to him, he could never seem to commit. “Enough is enough,” I thought. So, I called Jeffrey up and told him I was coming over to solve this problem once and for all.

Jeffrey: I’m so excited, I’ve never had a headboard before.
Me: And you never will, because we are simply going to paint one on your wall!

I sent Jeffrey a couple of quick sketches as inspiration, and he loved the wrought iron look. He even wanted to keep the the black and white hand-drawn effect, which I thought was a great idea and even made the project that much more simple.

Using a yardstick, a level, some painters tape and a dish for the rounded corners, we measured and outlined the wrought iron bars with a pencil, traced over them with paint markers, then filled them in with black acrylic paint. The whole project was so easy and completed in about an hour over a couple of beers, some tasty grooves and a few laughs.

What do you think of Jeffrey’s transformation?

Images: Mat Sanders