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Headlining Act

Make your bed the starring attraction of your room with a headboard you create.

This ever-so-stylish headboard started out as plain-as-could-be hollow-core closet doors from the hardware store. This full-size headboard uses three 20x80 doors. The doors come in several standard widths, so you can inexpensively get the full width you desire. For this look, just be sure to choose doors with a flat surface -- no wood texture or paneling.

Stripes in shades of blue make this headboard look like an abstract painting of a sky, a dreamy backdrop for sleep. The varying-width stripes that change on each section create free-flowing contemporary look.

You'll Need

  • Three 20x80-inch hollow-core closet doors, available at home centers, for a full-size bed
  • Primer
  • Paint in three colors: light blue, dark blue, and white
  • Paintbrushes of varying widths
  • Measuring tape
  • T-square
  • Pencil
  • Quick-release tape
  • Drill (optional)
  • Bolts with nuts and washers (optional)


1. Apply primer to the doors with a paintbrush, and let dry. Using a T-square and pencil, mark lines on the doors to create stripes. Vary the widths from 2 to 24 inches, and make each door different. Assign every stripe a paint color, and label it with a pencil, using a light touch so you don't gouge the wood.

2. Use quick-release tape to mask off all the stripes of one color; don't forget the doors' edges. Brush paint on the stripes, let dry, and remove the tape, as above. Repeat the process for each color.

3. To install the doors as a headboard, prop them against the wall, and brace them with your bed. Or, attach the headboard to your metal bed frame by drilling pilot holes into the headboard, then threading bolts through the frame and into the holes. Secure with washers and nuts.


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