Whether you call them trompe l'oeil or faux, these plastered-right-on-the-wall headboards are the three C's: clever, cute and CHEAP!
I'm not sure about having chalk dust rain down upon my bed, but the idea of changing up the style of my headboard with just one swipe of a chalkboard eraser is very appealing! Spotted at Examiner.
Interesting how this traditionally-styled headboard feels fresh and modern when fauxed up. Although it's a decal, it's certainly recreate-able with paint.
If stencils are more your thing, Elle Decor tells us how to do it right, starting with a big block of color.
Here's a super-simple technique from Secret City Ranch. It was created with good old graph paper and painter's tape:
Martha's peeps used a roll of $170 wallpaper from Hinson & Company to make this headboard. Of course there are cheaper options; you'd just have to look for a print that has a defined outline that you could use as a cut line.