Greetings DIY enthusiasts! Today I am super excited to share this fun tutorial of a custom headboard that I created with amazingly cool stencils from Stencil1!
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Deck out your beach house, or simply bring the beach to your house with this fun nautical headboard project! Relax year round in the cool ocean inspired surroundings, complete with whales, octopus, weathered wood and nautical rope detailing. Perfect for dreaming about the deep blue sea!
- Stencil1 Whale Stencil
- Stencil1 Octopus Stencil
- Acrylic Paint
- Paint Brushes
- Masking Tape
- Stapler & Staples
- Wooden Pallets, Crates or Boards
1) I created this embellished headboard using two leftover wooden construction scaffolds. I left the two pieces separate for ease of mounting and also in case they someday would be used for two twin beds. You could also create this same look using scrap plywood, pallets, crates or by simply nailing together some wooden boards.
2) Whitewash the wooden headboard pieces with a mixture of white acrylic paint and water. This technique gives the boards a nice bleached, beach, weathered look. 3) Then you are ready to begin the stenciling process. Choose some acrylic paint in cool shades of grey, green, blue and an unexpected pop of orange. To accent this design I chose the cheerful Whale and Octopus Stencil1 stencils! I love them because they are unisex and appeal to people of all ages! 4) Tape the stencil in position and get started stenciling the aquatic designs onto the headboard. 5) Use a stiff stippling brush to carefully apply the intricate designs to your headboard. 6) Once you are done, lift the stencil up to reveal the beautiful design! 7) Continue the process of adorning your headboard with beautiful aquatic creatures. 8) For and extra weathered look, use a dry brush technique to add more depth and dimension to your stenciled images in a contrasting color. 9) Once your stenciling is complete you are ready to add the nautical rope detailing! Simply staple the rope in a winding curving pattern, to the areas between your stenciled designs. 10) Once you’ve added the rope, you are ready to mount the headboard to the wall behind your bed!
Here are some pictures of the final product in the room and some close ups of the aquatic details! I absolutely love the way this project came out. The Stencil1 stencils made this project super easy and stylish! Be sure to visit Stencil1 online to shop from their wide assortment of innovative stencils for your next DIY home décor project! The creative possibilities are endless!