As soon as I saw the painted wallpaper tutorial by Emily on Jones Design Company, I dropped everything and started using her stencils to make a headboard. Seriously, right then. I was only partway through painting our bedroom in the first place, so now the freshly painted wall is sporting this painted headboard and I still have more than half the room to paint!
You should certainly visit Emily’s tutorial if you’d like to try this, but I thought I’d show you how I modified the stencil she created to paint just a portion of a wall instead of wrapping around the entire room. This helps to create a finished edge on either side of your painted area.
I made four versions of the stencil to make the painted headboard, one of the full design, one that was halved horizontally for the top and bottom rows, one that was halved vertically for the sides, and one that was quartered for the corners. These pieces aren’t exact halves, though. I wanted the thickness of the lines to be equal all the way around, so I made each cut piece large enough to have a full line of paint along the cut edges. Since my paintbrush was about a half inch wide, the cut edges are about a quarter inch wider than if they’d just been cut in half.
Also, Emily stated she has a good “sense of straight” and just traced the stencil as she went along without leveling it. I am not gifted with a sense of straight, so I drew a line down the middle of the main stencil and checked the vertical level each time. Maybe twice I had it just right.
Then just paint inside the lines. (Much easier said than done, especially on textured walls.)
Many, many hours later, stand back and admire your handiwork.
I’m only showing a tiny peek at our room because there’s still so much to do:
- Paint the rest of the walls!
- Hang the new curtain rods and curtains
- Finish painting reclaimed “junk dresser” (will go to right of bed)
- Paint nightstand (goes to left of bed)
- Refashion bedside lights somehow
- Paint trim and doors semigloss white (Right now it’s Cracker Barrel color, ick!)
- Decide what to do with plain bi-fold closet doors — paint, replace … ?
- Also, new lights? We have two sconces (original to the house) and two brassy ceiling fans. (It’s a really long room.)
Well, at least I can check the painted headboard off the list! Back to my work in progress …
And be sure to click below to check out an amazing gallery of painted wallpapers, so many beautiful ideas!