How to Make a Geometric Headboard

Give your bedroom beautiful edge with a geometric headboard adorned in your favorite chalky paint.

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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.

Check out this DIY tufted headboard!

What You Need

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  • 4×8-foot sheets of 3/4-inch maple-veneer MDF
  • Pencil
  • Table saw
  • Container
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint
  • Water
  • Hammer
  • Nails

Step 1: Cut and Build

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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.

Step 2: Prep the Cut

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Lay MDF rectangle inside jig.

Step 3: Flip and Repeat

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Cut across bottom with a table saw. Flip MDF over and place back in jig.

Step 4: Continue

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Cut across bottom. Cut all MDF rectangles into triangles (we cut 28 for a queen-size headboard).

Step 5: Mix It Up

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Mix 1 teaspoon of water per 1 cup of chalk paint in a wide container.

Step 6: Dip-Dye

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Dip each triangle edge in paint and let dry.

Step 7: Nail In Place

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Attach triangles to wall with pin nails.

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