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Resene – Get Creative, from Homestyle magazine

Create your own abstract graphic headboard with a simple stencil and metallic paint for a burnished metal look.

Paint a metaliic headboard
Paint a headboard

You will need:


  1. Measure the width you want your wall panel to span (approx 10-20cm wider than your bed). Mask it vertically with painters’ tape. Paint the panel with a Resene SpaceCote Low Sheen basecoat colour according to your choice of metallic paint.*

  2. Apply two coats of Resene Enamacryl Metallic on top of the basecoat. Leave to dry before taping the stencil.

  3. Create a vertical and horizontal grid with painters’ tape over the metallic paint. Rip pieces of tape and randomly fill in the grid sections with criss-crossed lengths of tape.

  4. Apply two top coats of Resene Alabaster over the top of the tape. When dry, carefully remove the tape to reveal the web-like pattern underneath. Once you’re happy with the look, clear coat the complete headboard with Resene Aquaclear to protect the metallic finish.

* Note: When using Resene Metallics, a basecoat is recommended for a more vibrant result. Once you’ve selected your metallic paint, you can find the corresponding basecoat on the Resene Metallics & Special Effects colour chart.

Paint a headboard - step by step photos
On the wall: Resene Quarter Evolution (wall); Resene Intrepid (basecoat); Resene Gold Dust (grid); Resene Alabaster (topcoat).

Accessories: Triangle pendants, Diamond bedside boxes, (pair), On the bed: In Bed linen peach duvet, In Bed linen sheet set, Hosk grey cushion, Italian linen cushions in terracotta and charcoal, Stitch throw, St Joseph Citron throw, All other accessories stylist’s own.


Project: Greer Clayton. Styling: Alice Lines. Photography: Melanie Jenkins. 2015

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