What's more beautiful than a DIY headboard built to your taste? One that's also splashed with a beautiful chalk-finish paint. This geometric headboard is constructed from maple-veneer medium-density fiberboard (MDF) triangles that are dipped in diluted paint.
To make the headboard triangles, cut 4×8-foot sheets of MDF into 14x16-inch pieces. Mark a 16-inch equilateral triangle in the center of one MDF piece.
To build a jig, place the marked piece on a 16×24-inch base of 3/4-inch MDF, aligning one marked triangle edge with the long base edge; trace. Nail 2-inch-wide MDF scraps on marked lines.
Why make a jig? When you need to make many identical cuts, construct a jig. This template helps you cut quickly and consistently, without having to measure and mark each piece.
Lay MDF rectangle inside jig.
Cut across bottom with a table saw. Flip MDF over and place back in jig.
Cut across bottom. Cut all MDF rectangles into triangles (we cut 28 for a queen-size headboard).
Mix 1 teaspoon of water per 1 cup of chalk paint in a wide container.
Dip each triangle edge in paint and let dry.
Attach triangles to wall with pin nails.