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DIY: Penache For Pennies

Hey Gossip Girl…Get your friends talking with this awesome DIY project!

I know, I oodle over those cute, girly custom tufted headboards but sometimes they are just a little spendy for a kid-room-makeover-budget. Plus doing this yourself will allow you to splurge for that must have bedding you have been eyeing for you little chicky or dude! Here is a DIY tip to create a lot of panache for just pennies.

The Faux Tufted Headboard

Supplies: Paint, Basic Wood Trim (I prefer the pre-primed trim; its easier to paint) Miter Saw, Tape Measure

A full-sized bed and measures 54″ wide. Make certain the width is at lease as wide as the mattress if you are using a different size. The height is totally up to you based on the look you are going for. Factor in the height of the back pillows to make sure it still can be seen once the bed is put together. Also make sure the finished height does not line up with anything else on the wall. Here the headboard is slightly higher than the mirror over the dresser.

I chose a harlequin (diamond) pattern for this room. With this particular design, the wall color and a pearly white were alternated. Then circles were painted on where the diamonds meet to mimic buttons. You can use real buttons or any embellishments you like to add more dimension and texture. Little freehand lines were added around the buttons to create “tufts”. The design was framed with a painted wood molding to finish the look . Get as creative as you like or if you get stuck for an idea, e-mail me at for help. Ciao!

Do It Yourself Today

Wednesday 25th of July 2012

Aw, this was an exceptionally nice post. Spending some time and actual effort to create a really good article… but what can I say… I put things off a whole lot and never manage to get nearly anything done.

Home Decor Accessories Blog » Blog Archive » How to Find a Budget-Friendly Headboard

Tuesday 22nd of November 2011

[...] There are so many options when it comes to finding a great headboard that fits your budget. Do research, get creative with home accessories and decor and look at things with a new perspective! You’ll be amazed at what you can find that will work! Continue reading Arcadian Home Decor’s blog for even more budget-friendly ideas! (Images: 1, 2, 3, 4) [...]

Thursday 28th of April 2011


I really need it,thank you very much!!!...

Katie @ The Savvy Event

Friday 10th of April 2009

How cute! I love "fake" headboards.

DIY Diamond headboard- (Faux tufted headboard) « Off the Wall

Monday 9th of March 2009

[...] March 9, 2009 Talking of Diamonds on the wall, I found this rather lovely DIY project  over at Project Nursery. [...]