How to Paint a Wall to Look like a Headboard

Have you ever looked for a creative way to brighten up a room without painting the entire room or buying a lot of new stuff? This was my moms dilemma in her master bedroom. When I had a little peel and stick picture moulding left over from my latest bedroom accent wall project, I knew exactly what we could do! Let me show you how to paint a wall to look like a headboard.

How to Paint a Wall to Look like a Headboard

Below I’ve shared a before picture of what the dark wall looked like behind her bed. The wall sconces are great but they created a bit of a design challenge. Since she has a king bed, she thought installing a tall headboard wouldn’t look right due to the placement of the lights.

Could we work around the lights and create a painted headboard on the wall?

the wall before the painted DIY head board
the wall before the painted DIY head board

Of course we could!

The vision for this room was to brighten everything up by painting the wall white with a border to look like a headboard.

My mom’s home style is a west indies meets British colonial style. I guess you would say a “British west Indies style.” She loves all sorts of patterns and different materials mixed with bold colors. That being said, she really didn’t want to get rid of all of the brown in her bedroom. She just wanted to lighten it up.

As I always say, “don’t ever underestimate the power of paint.” And a little peel and stick moulding 🙂

I won’t go into all the details on how to apply peel and stick picture moulding because you can check out my previous post where I’ve shared about that. Let’s just say it’s easier than you think.

Below is what my bedroom wall looked like after I installed this product! I love how picture moulding adds dimension to a room.

diy peel and stick picture moulding

Adding a little dimension with moulding really makes a bigger difference than you would think! I love the look of my bedroom now just like I knew my mom would love hers once we were done with the faux painted headboard.

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Let’s get this faux headboard on the wall!

Supplies for the painted headboard:

How to paint a wall to look like a headboard:

  1. Decide the dimensions for the faux headboard
  2. Cut the moulding and install to fit the outline of the headboard
  3. Caulk around the moulding
  4. Paint the wall and the moulding the same color
  5. Touch up paint around the outside of the moulding
  6. Decorate and enjoy your new headboard
applying the first piece of moulding for the DIY painted headbaord
applying the third piece of moulding
finished moulding for the DIY painted headboard

Shortly after we caulked and painted the first coat…

First coat of paint for the DIY painted headboard on the wall

It took two coats of paint plus primer to cover the dark brown.

second and final coat of paint

Eeeek we’re loving it so far.

The best part about this little bedroom DIY was it didn’t require any fancy tools, skills or even painted headboard stencils!

After a little brown touch up paint around the “headboard,” it was almost done.

Time to make the bed! Oh, and add a few decor elements.

How to Paint a Wall to Look like a Headboard

I love the medallion decor she found at Hobby Lobby!

How to Paint a Wall to Look like a Headboard
How to Paint a Wall to Look like a Headboard

It really is crazy how much it lightens up the room. I love how the “painted headboard” matches the white trim around the windows and doors.

How to Paint a Wall to Look like a Headboard
how to paint a wall like a headboard
how to paint a wall like a headboard

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Medallion from Hobby Lobby

Peel and Stick Moulding

That’s it! How easy was that?

How to paint a wall to look like a headbaord

how to paint a wall to look like a headboard

Learn how to create a faux headboard out of moulding and paint! In this easy tutorial I share how to paint a wall to look like a headboard. 

Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost 75

Materials

  • peel and stick moulding foam moulding (or any moulding will do)
  • scissors
  • miter box
  • level
  • pencil
  • paint
  • paintbrush
  • caulk

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Measuring stick and level

Instructions

  1. Decide the dimensions for the faux headboard
  2. Cut the moulding and install to fit the outline of the headboard
  3. Caulk around the moulding
  4. Paint the wall and the moulding the same color
  5. Touch up paint around the outside of the moulding
  6. Decorate and enjoy your new headboard

Like I always say, “it doesn’t take a lot of time, energy or money to make things beautiful.”

Thanks for stopping by guys!

Lindsey**

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