paneled door as a headboard. Here's another take on the "door as a headboard" idea that really offers you a ton of creative opportunity: create a headboard from a set of tri-fold closet doors.
Now, admittedly, this is maybe a bit more expensive than some of the other ideas--you would need to pick up a set of doors if you don't have them--but the project will produce a very unique and interesting result that's probably worth the expense.
Here's how to achieve what you see in the picture, as well as some other variations you could try:
Stripes, Stripes, Stripes
As we see in the picture, stripes can create a calm, soothing, clean and somewhat modern feel in a room. And the good news is that accomplishing a look like this is much easier than you may think.
However, before we spell out the "how-to's" regarding this project, let me start by saying that the biggest, most important tool you'll need (besides the doors and the paint) is the right tape. Trying a project like this with the wrong masking tape is going to be disappointing and frustrating. So don't go cheap on the tape if you're going to try this! I strongly recommend picking up a role of 3m's "Orange Core" safe-release masking tape at RepcoLite. This is a specially formulated "safe-release" tape that will both leave sharp, clean lines while at the same time come off freshly painted surfaces without pulling up the paint. Using a tape like this will prevent any bleed-through or "bumpy" paint lines. You'll get sharp, crisp lines and (trust me) you'll be happy!
OK, start with the right tape and the rest of the project is easy.
- Prime and paint the doors with a white (or the predominant color in your scheme) Eggshell finish. Preferably RepcoLite's Hallmark Eggshell.
- After the doors have dried for 24 hours, carefully measure off and tape the different section that you want to apply the different color stripes to.
- Roll your colors onto these areas using a small roller and allow to dry for 20 minutes to an hour before carefully removing tape.
- Continue in this manner, filling in the doors with the differently sized and colored stripes until the doors look the way you want.
- Once you've accomplish this, let the doors completely dry and mount them. (Remember this, though: Latex paint dries to the touch in hours, but doesn't reach it's full cure or full hardness until about 30 days later. This means the doors/headboard won't be as durable as possible for the first month or so--so go a little easy on them!)
Variations on this One
- Don't stagger the stripes--run them from one end to the other.
- Skip the stripes entirely and paint each door a separate color.
- Paint the doors a solid, consistent color--all three of them--and then run 1, 2, maybe 3 narrow stripes (1", 2" or so) across the doors from left to right. Clump these narrow stripes or spread them out.
- Run the stripes from top to bottom rather than left to right.
- Apply wallpaper to the doors instead of paint.
The variations are basically endless. It's only a matter of the limits of your creativity. Above all things: have fun!